Apcsilmic Dot 1 Mini is a compact Windows on ARM desktop for $229 in the US. Developers and mini PC enthusiasts have a new ARM-based option from Apcsilmic. Do you want to try out an ARM-powered mini desktop Windows PC? If that’s the case, the folks at Apcsilmic have a new system for you as they’ve just launched the Dot 1 Mini PC, which has the Snapdragon 7c processor inside
One of the most affordable ways to get your hands on a Windows on ARM computer is to spend $219 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows. For that price, you get a compact Windows desktop computer with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor.
The Dot 1 is not meant to compete with the best mini PCs in terms of power. It has modest specs and is aimed primarily at developers, though anyone can purchase one. While not as powerful as other mini PCs, the Dot 1 is smaller than most devices in its class. It’s also fanless, which allows it to run quietly.
The Apcsilmic Dot 1 Mini PC is a small desktop computer with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c chip that powers the Snapdragon Dev Kit that launched late last year. But the Apcsilmic model is available with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Prices range from $229 to $309 depending on the configuration:
|Apcsilmic Dot 1 Mini Model||Apcsilmic Dot 1 Mini Price in the US|
|4GB / 64GB WiFi-only||$229|
|6GB / 128GB WiFi-only||$249|
|6GB / 128GB WiFi + 4G||$269|
|8GB / 256GB WiFi-only||$289|
|8GB / 256GB WiFi + 4G||$309|
Apcsilmic Dot 1 Mini Features and Specs
|Apcsilmic Dot 1|
|Operating System||Windows 11 (Unlicensed)|
4G LTE (optional)
2x USB 2.0
Mic / Audio (sep)
|Dimensions||111 X 108 X 20 mm (4.37 x 4.25 x 0.79 in)|
Note that some models are currently out of stock, and there doesn’t even seem to be a price listed for a 4GB / 64GB WiFi + 4G configuration at the moment.
Each version of the Dot 1 Mini PC features two HDMI ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1, and 3.5mm mic and line jacks. Apcsilmic says the Dot 1 Mini PC can support up to two 2K displays.
The real strength of the Dot 1 is the sheer variety of ports, including two HDMI (for up to two 2K monitors), optional 4G for those without local internet, and even a full Ethernet port for wired connectivity. There are also three USB-A ports, micro SD, and separate mic and audio-out jacks.
Maxing out the Dot 1 with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 4G LTE brings the total cost to a still very reasonable $309.