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GEEKOM MiniAir 11 Hands-on Review

Low profile, low power, low cost. The GEEKOM MiniAir 11 is tiny, even by mini PC standards. Despite its small package, it is a competent PC for basic home and work tasks.

GEEKOM is known for its compact mini PCs, including the recently launched MiniAir 11 and Mini IT11. Today, we will take a look at the former. The MiniAir 11 is a tiny desktop powered by an Intel Celeron N5095. Let's see if the power-efficient chip has what it takes to tackle the demands of the typical home user.

Since this is a shorter hands-on review, we will take a quick look at the MiniAir 11's performance, build quality, and our overall impression. We will not attribute a final rating to the MiniAir 11. The review unit was provided by GEEKOM.

Geekom MiniAir 11
Processor
Intel Celeron N5095 4 x 2 - 2.9 GHz, Jasper Lake
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU) - 1024 MB VRAM, Intel UHD Graphics 30.0.101.1340
Memory
8 GB 
, 1x8 GB, DDR4-2666 / PC4-21300, 1333.3 MHz, Shenzhen WODPOSIT WPBS26D408SWE-8G
Storage
NF830 256GB M.2 2280, 256 GB 
, 256 GB SSD (SATA), 237 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Jasper Lake PCH - cAVS Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo audio out/in, Card Reader: Half-size SD/SDHC/SDXC
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34.2 x 117 x 112 ( = 1.35 x 4.61 x 4.41 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Additional features
Speakers: None, Keyboard: None, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
524 g ( = 18.48 oz / 1.16 pounds), Power Supply: 287 g ( = 10.12 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
279 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
08/2022
Geekom MiniAir 11
Celeron N5095, UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
524 g34.2 mmx
06/2022
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Celeron N5095, UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
279 g41 mmx
07/2022
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Celeron N6211, UHD Graphics (Elkhart Lake 16 EU)
293 g20.7 mmx
02/2022
GMK NucBox 3
Celeron J4125, UHD Graphics 600
410 g32.5 mmx
02/2022
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Pentium N6005, UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
534 g48 mmx
06/2022
Nofflink M500-5405U
Pentium 5405U, UHD Graphics 610
657 g39 mmx

Case and Connectivity

Like GEEKOM's other mini PCs, the MiniAir 11 is well-built. The case is made from a thick plastic that doesn't bend when depressed. The sides and bottom have a slightly textured matte finish that hides smudges, but the glossy top readily shoes fingerprints. Its black and gray coloration helps the MiniAir 11 blend into an office aesthetic. GEEKOM includes a VESA mounting plate, so the MiniAir 11 can be attached to the back of compatible monitors.

Port selection is quite good considering the desktop's compact footprint. The inclusion of two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports is a nice touch not often seen at this price point, as are the SD card slot and two display hookups (one HDMI 2.0, one mini DisplayPort 1.4). The front USB ports are well-spaced, allowing bulky USB accessories to fit. However, the two USB-A ports on the back don't have much room for clearance, so thicker drives or connectors may not fit next to each other.

Size Comparison

127 mm / 5 inch 127 mm / 5 inch 48 mm / 1.89 inch 534 g1.177 lbs127 mm / 5 inch 127 mm / 5 inch 39 mm / 1.535 inch 657 g1.448 lbs124 mm / 4.88 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 279 g0.615 lbs128 mm / 5.04 inch 128 mm / 5.04 inch 32.5 mm / 1.28 inch 410 g0.904 lbs117 mm / 4.61 inch 112 mm / 4.41 inch 34.2 mm / 1.346 inch 524 g1.155 lbs115 mm / 4.53 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 20.7 mm / 0.815 inch 293 g0.646 lbs

Connectivity

Front: Quad microphone array, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), combo audio, power
Front: Quad microphone array, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), combo audio, power
Left side: SD Card
Left side: SD Card
Rear: DC in, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, Gigabit LAN, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI 2.0
Rear: DC in, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, Gigabit LAN, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI 2.0

Maintenance

Maintenance is a snap. Four retained Phillips Head screws hold the bottom plate on. Once these are unscrewed, the bottom plate can be pulled out. Users will have access to two DDR4 RAM slots (1.2 V) and the M.2 drive.

Performance

The GEEKOM MiniAir 11 offers good everyday performance without breaking the bank. Thanks to its 11th Gen Celeron CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and solid SATA M.2 drive, the MiniAir can tackle web browsing and office work without much fuss.

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Processor

The Intel Celeron N5095 is one of the latest low-powered CPUs from Intel. The 10 nm chip focuses on reducing the cost while balancing performance against heat output and power consumption. To that end, the quad-core chip carves out a good position in the budget segment. The 15 Watt Jasper Lake silicon scores above other Celeron CPUs in Cinebench and competes well against the Pentium Silver N6005 in single-core tests. However, the N5095 bests the Pentium Silver N6005 in multi-core benchmarks by about 15%.

As expected, the Celeron N5095 falls far short of mid-range chips like the Ryzen 5 3550H and the Core i5-11400T.

The MiniAir 11 offers stable long-term multi-core CPU performance, as evidenced in our Cinebench R15 loop test.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Geekom MiniAir 11 Intel Celeron N5095: Ø373 (370.41-374.55)
Beelink U59 Mini-S Intel Celeron N5095: Ø353 (350.25-357.53)
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico Intel Celeron N6211: Ø127.4 (121.19-129.05)
GMK NucBox 3 Intel Celeron J4125: Ø203 (171.15-207.16)
Nofflink M500-5405U Intel Pentium Gold 5405U: Ø238 (236.3-238.86)
Newsmay AC8 N6005 Intel Pentium Silver N6005: Ø273 (225.33-307.03)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.4: Single-Core | Multi-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
585 Points ∼100% +148%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
488 Points ∼83% +107%
Average of class Desktop
  (170 - 777, n=44, last 2 years)
438 Points ∼75% +86%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
378 Points ∼65% +60%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
351 Points ∼60% +49%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
347 Points ∼59% +47%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
266 Points ∼45% +13%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
236 Points ∼40%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (228 - 239, n=3)
234 Points ∼40% -1%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
228 Points ∼39% -3%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
208 Points ∼36% -12%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
174 Points ∼30% -26%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
170 Points ∼29% -28%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
156 Points ∼27% -34%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
4660 Points ∼100% +463%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3248 Points ∼70% +293%
Average of class Desktop
  (285 - 9630, n=44, last 2 years)
2626 Points ∼56% +218%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
1583 Points ∼34% +91%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
1500 Points ∼32% +81%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
827 Points ∼18%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (804 - 844, n=3)
825 Points ∼18% 0%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
804 Points ∼17% -3%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
772 Points ∼17% -7%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
720 Points ∼15% -13%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
590 Points ∼13% -29%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
535 Points ∼11% -35%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
430 Points ∼9% -48%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
285 Points ∼6% -66%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
243 Points ∼100% +126%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
187 Points ∼77% +74%
Average of class Desktop
  (63.1 - 292, n=43, last 2 years)
178.6 Points ∼73% +66%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
153 Points ∼63% +43%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
146 Points ∼60% +36%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
124.3 Points ∼51% +16%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
123 Points ∼51% +15%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
107.3 Points ∼44%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (95.4 - 109, n=3)
103.9 Points ∼43% -3%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
95.4 Points ∼39% -11%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
94 Points ∼39% -12%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
76 Points ∼31% -29%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
71.1 Points ∼29% -34%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
63.1 Points ∼26% -41%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1980 Points ∼100% +432%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1411 (1390.29min - 1411.03max) Points ∼71% +279%
Average of class Desktop
  (128 - 3473, n=45, last 2 years)
1116 Points ∼56% +200%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
672 (494.25min - 672.07max) Points ∼34% +81%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
642 Points ∼32% +73%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
372 Points ∼19%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
358 (350.25min - 357.53max) Points ∼18% -4%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (221 - 379, n=4)
333 Points ∼17% -10%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
324 (317.69min - 324.13max) Points ∼16% -13%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
319 Points ∼16% -14%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
263 (207.57min - 262.65max) Points ∼13% -29%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
239 Points ∼12% -36%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
207 (171.15min - 207.16max) Points ∼10% -44%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
128 Points ∼6% -66%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
3767 Seconds * ∼100% -151%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
3032 Seconds * ∼80% -102%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
2380 Seconds * ∼63% -58%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
2168 Seconds * ∼58% -44%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
1805 Seconds * ∼48% -20%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
1624 Seconds * ∼43% -8%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (1502 - 1624, n=3)
1547 Seconds * ∼41% -3%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
1502 Seconds * ∼40%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
1328 Seconds * ∼35% +12%
Average of class Desktop
  (128.3 - 3767, n=43, last 2 years)
899 Seconds * ∼24% +40%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
704 Seconds * ∼19% +53%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
670 Seconds * ∼18% +55%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
340 Seconds * ∼9% +77%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
252.1 Seconds * ∼7% +83%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
5809 MIPS ∼100% +87%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
4603 MIPS ∼79% +48%
Average of class Desktop
  (2237 - 6799, n=41, last 2 years)
4523 MIPS ∼78% +46%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
4157 MIPS ∼72% +34%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
3752 MIPS ∼65% +21%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
3543 MIPS ∼61% +14%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
3515 MIPS ∼61% +13%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
3124 MIPS ∼54% +1%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (3100 - 3124, n=3)
3112 MIPS ∼54% 0%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
3100 MIPS ∼53%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
2593 MIPS ∼45% -16%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
2563 MIPS ∼44% -17%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
2237 MIPS ∼39% -28%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
2215 MIPS ∼38% -29%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
55046 MIPS ∼100% +399%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
40117 MIPS ∼73% +264%
Average of class Desktop
  (3974 - 96960, n=41, last 2 years)
30908 MIPS ∼56% +180%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
19699 MIPS ∼36% +79%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
16683 MIPS ∼30% +51%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (11013 - 11168, n=3)
11068 MIPS ∼20% 0%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
11023 MIPS ∼20%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
11013 MIPS ∼20% 0%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
9964 MIPS ∼18% -10%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
9489 MIPS ∼17% -14%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
8098 MIPS ∼15% -27%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
6557 MIPS ∼12% -41%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
5694 MIPS ∼10% -48%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
3974 MIPS ∼7% -64%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1560 Points ∼100% +137%
Average of class Desktop
  (462 - 1969, n=43, last 2 years)
1250 Points ∼80% +90%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1192 Points ∼76% +81%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
1146 Points ∼73% +74%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
903 Points ∼58% +37%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
888 Points ∼57% +35%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
659 Points ∼42%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (644 - 659, n=2)
652 Points ∼42% -1%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
644 Points ∼41% -2%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
606 Points ∼39% -8%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
600 Points ∼38% -9%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
556 Points ∼36% -16%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
462 Points ∼30% -30%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
388 Points ∼25% -41%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
7818 Points ∼100% +284%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
6375 Points ∼82% +213%
Average of class Desktop
  (844 - 17698, n=43, last 2 years)
5771 Points ∼74% +183%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
3510 Points ∼45% +72%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
3203 Points ∼41% +57%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
2036 Points ∼26%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (1933 - 2036, n=2)
1985 Points ∼25% -3%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
1933 Points ∼25% -5%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
1880 Points ∼24% -8%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
1673 Points ∼21% -18%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
1410 Points ∼18% -31%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
1393 Points ∼18% -32%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
1198 Points ∼15% -41%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
844 Points ∼11% -59%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
14.8 fps ∼100% +679%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
10.4 fps ∼70% +447%
Average of class Desktop
  (0.88 - 29, n=41, last 2 years)
8.37 fps ∼57% +341%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
5.24 fps ∼35% +176%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
4.1 fps ∼28% +116%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
2.85 fps ∼19% +50%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
2 fps ∼14% +5%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (1.9 - 2.05, n=3)
1.983 fps ∼13% +4%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
1.9 fps ∼13%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
1.65 fps ∼11% -13%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
1.49 fps ∼10% -22%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
1.26 fps ∼9% -34%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
1.24 fps ∼8% -35%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
0.88 fps ∼6% -54%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
159 s * ∼100% -47%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
Intel Celeron J4115
150 s * ∼94% -39%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
144.7 s * ∼91% -34%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
108.9 s * ∼68% -1%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
107.9 s * ∼68%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
106.5 s * ∼67% +1%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (97 - 107.9, n=3)
103.8 s * ∼65% +4%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
92.9 s * ∼58% +14%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
79 s * ∼50% +27%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
74.9 s * ∼47% +31%
Average of class Desktop
  (38.1 - 159, n=41, last 2 years)
71.9 s * ∼45% +33%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
62.6 s * ∼39% +42%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
62.4 s * ∼39% +42%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
50.7 s * ∼32% +53%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
GMK NucBox 3
Intel Celeron J4125
1.525 sec * ∼100% -31%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel Celeron N6211
1.371 sec * ∼90% -18%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
1.183 sec * ∼78% -2%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel Celeron N5095
1.178 sec * ∼77% -2%
Average Intel Celeron N5095
  (1.16 - 1.178, n=3)
1.169 sec * ∼77% -1%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel Celeron N5095
1.16 sec * ∼76%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel Pentium Silver N6005
1.137 sec * ∼75% +2%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
0.861 sec * ∼56% +26%
Newsmay Neosmay S2-B560TPM
Intel Core i5-11400T
0.792 sec * ∼52% +32%
Average of class Desktop
  (0.3946 - 1.553, n=41, last 2 years)
0.771 sec * ∼51% +34%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
0.737 sec * ∼48% +36%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
0.576 sec * ∼38% +50%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
0.4975 sec * ∼33% +57%
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.4: Single-Core | Multi-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
372 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
26.2 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
107.3 Points
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PCMark 10
PCMark 10

Overall system performance is good and is adequate for general home use. There are a few hiccups across the UI, such as pulling up the Start menu from a cold boot. Loading some programs takes a little bit of time. General web browsing is quick enough that most won't complain. Compared to other budget-class mini desktops, the MiniAir 11 offers competitive performance but lags a bit behind competitors in PCMark 10.

PCMark 10 / Score
Average of class Desktop
  (1707 - 8897, n=38, last 2 years)
4716 Points ∼100% +104%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6005, Lexar 128GB SSD
2548 Points ∼54% +10%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 220426 C SATA 3
2386 Points ∼51% +3%
Average Intel Celeron N5095, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (2317 - 2410, n=3)
2371 Points ∼50% +2%
Nofflink M500-5405U
UHD Graphics 610, Pentium 5405U, Qunion P20A NGFF 512GB
2365 Points ∼50% +2%
Geekom MiniAir 11
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, NF830 256GB M.2 2280
2317 Points ∼49%
GMK NucBox 3
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Netac S535N8/256GYN
1707 Points ∼36% -26%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Average of class Desktop
  (4754 - 11660, n=37, last 2 years)
8388 Points ∼100% +52%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 220426 C SATA 3
5778 Points ∼69% +5%
Average Intel Celeron N5095, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (5516 - 5874, n=3)
5723 Points ∼68% +4%
Geekom MiniAir 11
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, NF830 256GB M.2 2280
5516 Points ∼66%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6005, Lexar 128GB SSD
5446 Points ∼65% -1%
Nofflink M500-5405U
UHD Graphics 610, Pentium 5405U, Qunion P20A NGFF 512GB
5425 Points ∼65% -2%
GMK NucBox 3
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Netac S535N8/256GYN
4754 Points ∼57% -14%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Average of class Desktop
  (2958 - 10470, n=37, last 2 years)
6708 Points ∼100% +94%
Nofflink M500-5405U
UHD Graphics 610, Pentium 5405U, Qunion P20A NGFF 512GB
4056 Points ∼60% +17%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6005, Lexar 128GB SSD
3854 Points ∼57% +12%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 220426 C SATA 3
3591 Points ∼54% +4%
Average Intel Celeron N5095, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (3454 - 3623, n=3)
3556 Points ∼53% +3%
Geekom MiniAir 11
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, NF830 256GB M.2 2280
3454 Points ∼51%
GMK NucBox 3
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Netac S535N8/256GYN
2958 Points ∼44% -14%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Average of class Desktop
  (960 - 15657, n=37, last 2 years)
5230 Points ∼100% +195%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6005, Lexar 128GB SSD
2139 Points ∼41% +21%
Average Intel Celeron N5095, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (1773 - 1787, n=3)
1780 Points ∼34% 0%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 220426 C SATA 3
1779 Points ∼34% 0%
Geekom MiniAir 11
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, NF830 256GB M.2 2280
1773 Points ∼34%
Nofflink M500-5405U
UHD Graphics 610, Pentium 5405U, Qunion P20A NGFF 512GB
1633 Points ∼31% -8%
GMK NucBox 3
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Netac S535N8/256GYN
960 Points ∼18% -46%
PCMark 10 Score
2317 points
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DPC Latency

The MiniAir 11 is not well-suited for real-time audio editing based on how it performs during our LatencyMon test.

LatencyMon
LatencyMon
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Newsmay AC8 N6005
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6005, Lexar 128GB SSD
2635 μs * ∼100% -2%
Geekom MiniAir 11
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, NF830 256GB M.2 2280
2582.6 μs * ∼98%
GMK NucBox 3
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Netac S535N8/256GYN
1913 μs * ∼73% +26%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Celeron N5095, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 220426 C SATA 3
1732.2 μs * ∼66% +33%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
UHD Graphics (Elkhart Lake 16 EU), Celeron N6211, SanDisk DF4128
1476.3 μs * ∼56% +43%
Nofflink M500-5405U
UHD Graphics 610, Pentium 5405U, Qunion P20A NGFF 512GB
751.7 μs * ∼29% +71%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2
CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2

The included M.2 SATA SSD offers reasonably quick load times but is nothing special. It can easily be swapped, and the MiniAir 11's single M.2 2280 drive slot supports either SATA III or NVMe drives.

Geekom MiniAir 11
NF830 256GB M.2 2280
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 220426 C SATA 3
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
SanDisk DF4128
GMK NucBox 3
Netac S535N8/256GYN
Nofflink M500-5405U
Qunion P20A NGFF 512GB
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Lexar 128GB SSD
Average NF830 256GB M.2 2280
 
Average of class Desktop
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
13%
-62%
3%
30%
-20%
0%
229%
Write 4K
25.58
48.42
89%
15.35
-40%
62.3
144%
72.7
184%
71
178%
25.6
0%
133.6 ?(15.4 - 304, n=32, last 2 years)
422%
Read 4K
12.78
15.02
18%
15.03
18%
16.91
32%
22.98
80%
18.35
44%
12.8
0%
42.9 ?(12.8 - 80.4, n=32, last 2 years)
236%
Write Seq
389.5
417.6
7%
107.5
-72%
284.9
-27%
414.9
7%
64.6
-83%
390
0%
1121 ?(64.6 - 4094, n=31, last 2 years)
188%
Read Seq
478.4
445.2
-7%
265.6
-44%
344.1
-28%
472.1
-1%
416.3
-13%
478
0%
1324 ?(266 - 4099, n=31, last 2 years)
177%
Write 4K Q32T1
174
166.1
-5%
15.29
-91%
111.2
-36%
168.2
-3%
71.6
-59%
174
0%
338 ?(15.3 - 788, n=32, last 2 years)
94%
Read 4K Q32T1
149.9
140
-7%
28
-81%
102.8
-31%
163.9
9%
55.3
-63%
149.9
0%
392 ?(28 - 1020, n=32, last 2 years)
162%
Write Seq Q32T1
400.6
423.4
6%
90
-78%
289.5
-28%
446.1
11%
133
-67%
401
0%
1246 ?(90 - 5065, n=32, last 2 years)
211%
Read Seq Q32T1
491.6
495.3
1%
223.7
-54%
497.6
1%
510.4
4%
483.3
-2%
492
0%
1832 ?(224 - 6884, n=32, last 2 years)
273%
Write 4K Q8T8
258.5
14.93
-94%
272.3
5%
87.2
-66%
259
0%
764 ?(14.9 - 2054, n=15, last 2 years)
196%
Read 4K Q8T8
154.9
26.27
-83%
164.9
6%
55.5
-64%
154.9
0%
660 ?(26.3 - 1929, n=15, last 2 years)
326%
AS SSD
23%
-76%
-5%
45%
43%
0%
224%
Seq Read
421.78
455.57
8%
264.86
-37%
391
-7%
494.9
17%
512
21%
422
0%
1525 ?(265 - 5397, n=35, last 2 years)
262%
Seq Write
365.24
438.23
20%
117
-68%
423.2
16%
431.8
18%
411.6
13%
365
0%
1132 ?(117 - 4006, n=35, last 2 years)
210%
4K Read
13.57
13.9
2%
13.21
-3%
11.78
-13%
25.8
90%
23.29
72%
13.6
0%
37.8 ?(10.7 - 83.9, n=35, last 2 years)
179%
4K Write
21.25
49.68
134%
13.46
-37%
49.71
134%
59.78
181%
83
291%
21.3
0%
105.9 ?(13.5 - 308, n=35, last 2 years)
398%
4K-64 Read
144.84
106.99
-26%
25.74
-82%
100.4
-31%
154.49
7%
59.4
-59%
144.8
0%
597 ?(25.7 - 2283, n=35, last 2 years)
312%
4K-64 Write
219.83
230.65
5%
13.71
-94%
163.7
-26%
231.08
5%
272.3
24%
220
0%
699 ?(13.7 - 2281, n=35, last 2 years)
218%
Access Time Read *
0.284
0.193
32%
0.311
-10%
0.256
10%
0.15
47%
0.139
51%
0.284
-0%
0.2106 ?(0.035 - 3.63, n=35, last 2 years)
26%
Access Time Write *
0.218
0.18
17%
0.942
-332%
0.374
-72%
0.267
-22%
0.145
33%
0.218
-0%
0.1827 ?(0.012 - 0.942, n=35, last 2 years)
16%
Score Read
201
166
-17%
65
-68%
151
-25%
230
14%
134
-33%
201
0%
803 ?(65 - 2777, n=35, last 2 years)
300%
Score Write
278
324
17%
39
-86%
256
-8%
334
20%
396
42%
278
0%
934 ?(39 - 2827, n=35, last 2 years)
236%
Score Total
582
580
0%
136
-77%
490
-16%
688
18%
604
4%
582
0%
2085 ?(136 - 6725, n=35, last 2 years)
258%
Copy ISO MB/s
375.9
446.75
19%
123.83
-67%
424.1
13%
752.39
100%
484.1
29%
376
0%
1279 ?(123.8 - 3802, n=34, last 2 years)
240%
Copy Program MB/s
79.75
144.22
81%
54.83
-31%
89.4
12%
142.48
79%
166.9
109%
79.8
0%
347 ?(52.6 - 1191, n=34, last 2 years)
335%
Copy Game MB/s
307.5
390.85
27%
91.02
-70%
118
-62%
459.72
50%
332.3
8%
308
0%
748 ?(91 - 2579, n=34, last 2 years)
143%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
18% / 19%
-69% / -70%
-1% / -2%
38% / 39%
12% / 17%
0% / 0%
227% / 226%

* ... smaller is better

NF830 256GB M.2 2280
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 491.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 400.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 149.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 174 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 478.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 389.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 12.78 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 25.58 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 258.5 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 154.9 MB/s

GPU Performance

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Time Spy
Time Spy

While the MiniAir 11 is certainly not a graphical powerhouse, the integrated Jasper Lake UHD Graphics GPU (16 EU) can handle media streaming and simple image editing. However, video editing and mid-range graphical work will push the iGPU to its limits. The MiniAir 11 can handle simple and casual games, but 3D titles are out of reach. Even older titles like Bioshock Infinite are unplayable on the MiniAir 11. 

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Intel Pentium Silver N6005
1589 Points ∼100%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel UHD Graphics 610, Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
930 Points ∼59%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
854 Points ∼54%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
837 Points ∼53%
Average Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (554 - 894, n=5)
801 Points ∼50%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel UHD Graphics (Elkhart Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N6211
650 Points ∼41%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron J4125
508 Points ∼32%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Intel Pentium Silver N6005
881 Points ∼100%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel UHD Graphics 610, Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
693 Points ∼79%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
623 Points ∼71%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
605 Points ∼69%
Average Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (392 - 679, n=5)
590 Points ∼67%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel UHD Graphics (Elkhart Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N6211
523 Points ∼59%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron J4125
378 Points ∼43%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Newsmay AC8 N6005
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Intel Pentium Silver N6005
5895 Points ∼100%
Nofflink M500-5405U
Intel UHD Graphics 610, Intel Pentium Gold 5405U
5414 Points ∼92%
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
4952 Points ∼84%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
4863 Points ∼82%
Average Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (4210 - 5212, n=5)
4821 Points ∼82%
Zotac ZBOX PI336 pico
Intel UHD Graphics (Elkhart Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N6211
3762 Points ∼64%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron J4125
2453 Points ∼42%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Geekom MiniAir 11
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
178 Points ∼100%
Beelink U59 Mini-S
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU), Intel Celeron N5095
173 Points ∼97%
Average Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  (129 - 182, n=4)
165.5 Points ∼93%
GMK NucBox 3
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron J4125
102 Points ∼57%
3DMark 11 Performance
965 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4654 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
607 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
205 points
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System Noise & Stress Test

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark

Due to its low-powered chip, the MiniAir 11 handles heat reasonably well. Running Prime95 for an hour sees the silicon hit 72° C while maintaining a boost clock of 2.8 GHz. The desktop handles stressful graphical loads well also; after running FurMark for an hour, temperatures across the CPU package average 68° C. Running both Prime95 and FurMark keeps the chip at 67° C. The CPU maintains a clock speed of roughly 2.5 GHz.

During our stress test, the fan spins up but ramps down to an almost imperceptible level. It can be heard in a quiet environment, but it should be unobtrusive in a standard office setting, even under load.

Pros

+ compact size
+ low power draw
+ near-silent operation
+ good port selection

Cons

- slow CPU performance
- weak graphics capabilities
- limited storage options

Verdict

In review: GEEKOM MiniAir 11. Review unit provided by GEEKOM.
In review: GEEKOM MiniAir 11. Review unit provided by GEEKOM.

The GEEKOM MiniAir 11 is a solid option for a family PC or a simple office machine. It offers enough power for web browsing and office work and has the chops to handle media streaming and some simple gaming as well. Its compact size allows it to fit into almost any space, and it can be mounted to the back of a monitor for a clean desk.

The MiniAir 11's strengths lie in its small size, solid port selection, and near-silent operation. However, its compact case limits storage options; space for a cheap 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive would be a nice addition to handle bulk storage, especially given its target for simple office work. This coupled with limited CPU performance may leave some wanting more.

All said, the GEEKOM MiniAir 11 is a great option for a family PC or offices on a budget in search of a desktop that won't crowd a desk. At just US$279 (US$239 at the time of publication), it's a solid choice.

Price and availability

The GEEKOM MiniAir 11 is available from GEEKOM for US$279 (US$239 at publication time) and from Amazon for US$279.99. Use coupon code 05EG9QNQ and the on-page coupon at Amazon to buy the MiniAir 11 for US$230.99 through August 22, 2022.

Our review unit was provided by GEEKOM.

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Sam Medley, 2022-08-15 (Update: 2022-08-17)