Azulle Access fanless mini PC stick review

A focused mini PC designed for video conferencing and digital signage

Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick
(Image: © Alastair Jennings)

TechRadar Verdict

The Azulle Access fanless mini PC stick, designed for video conferencing and digital signage, offers plug-and-play ease with Windows 11 Pro. Compact and silent, it's ideal for specific tasks but not general office use or gaming.


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    Compact and easy to mount

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    Silent operation

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    Easy setup


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    Limited performance

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Azulle Access: 30-second review

Azulle makes specialist PCs with commercial use at the heart of the design. While this Mini PC sports Windows 11 Pro, the main focus here is on plug-and-play ease of use with a familiar operating system for video conferencing or digital signage. The majority of mini PCs are small and mighty, compact, and powerful enough to rival the abilities of many larger desktop PCs. 

This device, on the other hand, features just what it needs to do the job and a design to fit. As such, unlike many of the best mini PC options, this is a more oversized Fire Stick than a PC, with an HDMI connector on one end and a LAN port on the other. These are joined by a USB 3.0 port, a Type-C port, a Kensington lock, a 3.5mm audio port, and an aerial.

The slimline case is solidly built and designed to absorb the heat from the fanless design. As such, the casing has a warning not to touch after prolonged use. This gives you the general idea that once this Mini PC is mounted, it's designed to stay in position without the need for maintenance. While the HDMI connector can be directly inserted into any HDMI port, the company has included a short link cable in the box so the machine can be mounted more discreetly.

When it comes to intended use, while this could be used in the home as a more advanced home entertainment system snugly hidden behind the TV, there are far more practical uses that this machine has been designed for. The first is video conferencing, which is a PC that can be connected to TVs or monitors, microphones, and cameras and hidden away, ready for use in a board or meeting room. Alternatively, it's the ideal size and specification for digital signage, designed to switch on at the start of the day and play video or stills to passersby.

What this machine is not is a mini PC to be used for everyday office tasks such as extensive document updates, placing orders, updating images and video, and definitely not for gaming.

As such, the price reflects this, with a focus on being perfectly tuned to a couple of very distinct uses rather than a mini PC, which can be used for a bit of everything.

Azulle Access: Price and availability

  • How much does it cost?  From $250
  • When is it out? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Directly from Azulle

The Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick is available through the Azulle website for £248 for the N100 version reviewed here or £219 for the Gemini Lake 40 Series, with the price increasing depending on the accessories you select. Both versions come with Windows 11 Pro, Linux, or no operating system installed.

  • Value: 4 / 5

Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

Azulle Access: Specs

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CPU:Intel AlderLake N100
RAM:4 GB or 8 GB
Storage:64 GB or 128 GB eMMC
Ports:1 HDMI, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 MicroSD card slot, USB, USB Type-C
Networking:AX201 WiFi 6 Dual Band (2.4 GHz / 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2
OS:Windows 11 Pro (pre-installed)
Dimensions:114.3 x 50.8 x 20.32 mm
AccessoriesVESA mounting bracket

Azulle Access: Design

The Azulle Access fanless mini PC stick's design is very sleek. The casing aesthetics serve as part of the cooling process that enables its fanless construction. Aside from being functional, this also gives the mini PC quite a futuristic look, further enhanced by the fold-out antenna.

Like most TV sticks, there's an HDMI socket on one end that plugs directly into a computer monitor or TV. However, as the device is larger and heavier than most TV sticks at 581g, it's a little too bulky to leave suspended horizontally out of the back of the monitor. If the HDMI port is tucked inside the body of the monitor, as is more common for commercial rather than consumer units, then the small PC will sit perfectly flush against the back of the monitor. If not, the company has had the foresight to include a short extension cable that can bridge the connection, enabling you to mount the mini PC in another way.

The design has been well thought through, so the mini PC can be attached to the back of the monitor. The company also sells a range of accessories that offer other discreet mounting options.

Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick

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Connecting the mini PC is easy, with the USB 3.0 or Type-C ports offering plenty of connection options for mic and camera combos. Bluetooth 5.2 enables a wireless keyboard and mouse. If you want to connect a standard headset, it can be plugged directly into the standard 3.5mm audio port.

When the machine arrives, you can select to have it with Windows 11 Pro, Linux, or nothing pre-installed. In this review, we've chosen the standard Windows 11 Pro, which also comes with Zoom ready to go. Setup couldn't be more straightforward, and within minutes, you should be ready to start using the machine for video conferencing. If you want to use the machine for digital signage, setup is just as simple.

Simply store the files you need on the machine and run them as needed, or load them onto a MicroSD card and run them from there. It really couldn't be simpler.

  • Design: 4 / 5

Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

Azulle Access: Hardware

The Access Pro, unlike many Mini PCs, is designed to be something other than versatile. It is built with specific tasks in mind and has the physical and computing power to match. This Mini PC is tailored for video conferencing and digital signage, omitting many of the bigger headline features such as a powerful CPU and graphics. Instead, this computer is designed with simplicity at its heart, from mounting through to use.

The design features a compact and lightweight device that is akin to a TV stick, although on a slightly larger scale. It weighs 58g and measures 114.3 x 50.8 x 20.32 mm, making it incredibly portable and easy to mount behind a monitor or TV. The space-saving design helps reduce clutter, and although there will still be a power lead dropping down from the PC, everything else should be packed neatly behind the monitor it's attached to, making it an ideal solution for any office, conference room, or public display area.

Another key advantage of the Access Pro Alder Lake is its fanless design, which enables it to run completely silently. This is beneficial in quiet public locations such as libraries and museums, where displays are needed without the low hum of PC fans.

For video conferencing, the Access Pro Alder Lake enables dual monitor capabilities, supported through its USB-C port to complement the main HDMI. This feature allows you to expand the video conferencing and work displays, if needed, across multiple screens, which can often be useful in meetings. The HDMI connection supports 4K resolution to ensure high-quality playback both in calls and for playing back presentations.

When it comes to digital signage applications, the Access Pro Alder Lake's ability to output 4K at 60FPS via HDMI ensures that advertisements and informational displays are sharp and playback is smooth. One feature that will appeal to signage is the connectivity options, including AX201 WiFi 6 dual-band and Gigabit Ethernet, which help provide fast network connections if the data on the machine needs to be updated. This is especially important if it's streaming content or if real-time updates are needed for digital signage.

Despite its plastic build, the Access Pro Alder Lake is robust and durable, making it suitable for long-term use in various environments. The design and the materials used could be more flimsy. Its small size and light weight also enable easy mounting options so that it can be discreetly installed behind screens or integrated into kiosks. The flat back of the device means that industrial Velcro could be used as an easy mounting option.

The Access Pro Alder Lake N100 is an exceptionally well-designed machine for specific tasks like video conferencing and digital signage. Its compact, silent, and easy-to-install design makes it a great choice. While the features are perfect for the intended use, the features and performance will be very limited outside of video conferencing and signage.

Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)
  • Features: 3 / 5

Azulle Access: Performance

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Crystal DiskRead139.63MB/s
Row 2 - Cell 0 Write255.04MB/s
GeekBenchCPU Single1188
Row 4 - Cell 0 CPU Multi931
Row 5 - Cell 0 Compute2307
PC MarkRow 6 - Cell 1 1925
CineBenchCPU Multi1291
Row 8 - Cell 0 CPU Single623
CrystalDiskRead MB/s7036
Row 10 - Cell 0 Write MB/s6628
Fire StrikeOveralln/a
Row 12 - Cell 0 Graphicsn/a
Row 13 - Cell 0 Physicsn/a
Row 14 - Cell 0 Combinedn/a
Time SpyOveralln/a
Row 16 - Cell 0 Graphicsn/a
Row 17 - Cell 0 CPUn/a
Wild LifeRow 18 - Cell 1 n/a
Windows ExperienceRow 19 - Cell 1 5.9

While the Access Pro's benchmark scores may appear low, this compact machine excels in its intended use, making it ideal for video conferencing or digital signage.

The CrystalDiskMark scores, with a read speed of 139.63MB/s and a write speed of 255.04MB/s, indicate reliable storage performance essential for holding files that can be used for playback. These speeds are low compared to today's ultra-fast SSDs; however, they are more than sufficient for the quick retrieval and storage of files necessary for smooth video conferencing and digital signage. If the storage capacity is a little low, the MicroSD card slot will enable you to expand the storage capacity at minimal cost and with minimal technical skill.

In CPU performance tests, the GeekBench scores (Single: 1188, Multi: 931) and CineBench scores (Single: 623, Multi: 1291) show that the Alder Lake N100 processor, while not the most powerful, offers adequate performance for handling basic computing tasks. This level of performance ensures that video conferencing applications such as Zoom, which comes pre-installed, run without lag. Additionally, the GeekBench Compute score of 2307 suggests that the integrated Intel UHD graphics can manage the graphical requirements of 4K video playback as well as video conferencing.

The PCMark score of 1925 and the Windows Experience Index of 5.9 further underline the Access Pro Alder Lake's capability to handle light tasks. Video calls and presentations, word processing, and some Office applications will run smoothly, but don't expect too much.

Despite the absence of scores in more demanding graphics benchmarks like Fire Strike and Time Spy, the machine's real-world performance for its intended use is fine. The Access is able to support 4K output at 30FPS and 60FPS for digital signage and video, stills, and audio, all playback without issue. However, after 24 hours of non-stop playback, the Mini PC is physically hot to the touch, as the label warns.

This is to be expected, and with the fanless construction, you also get a machine that operates silently, something that is essential in many environments. Another point to note is that the Alder Lake N100 CPU has very low power requirements, so even when on for long durations, the power draw is very low. While the device does get hot, it's not overly so, just warmer than most. Critically, the performance doesn't seem to be affected, with playback continuing smoothly.

The Access Pro may have a lower benchmark score; however, with its design targeted toward video conferencing and digital signage, it provides the power and features it needs to do the job. It also enables a compact, silent, and energy-efficient design that delivers reliable performance, making it a more practical and focused solution compared to larger, noisier mini PCs.

  • Performance: 3 / 5

Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

Azulle Access: Final verdict

Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings)

The Azulle Access excels for its intended use and design: video conferencing and digital signage. If used for either, the design and features balance well, and at the price, everything is well-matched. This is a machine with a specific purpose, and Azulle specializes in making these focused machines that may not push the limits of performance but have design tweaks that make them better suited to certain situations and usage than more powerful and complex larger machines. 

However, outside of its intended use, this machine will seem decidedly underpowered. While you can use the machine for day-to-day office tasks and its form factor allows it to be neatly tucked away out of sight, in reality, something with a little more power would be needed for regular office tasks. As long as the Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick is utilized for its intended use, its compact design, silent operation, and ease of use make it an excellent choice for focused applications.

Should I buy the Azulle Access mini PC?

If you need a compact and silent computing solution specifically for video conferencing or digital signage, the Azulle Access Fanless Mini PC Stick is a solid choice. However, if you require a more versatile device for everyday computing tasks, you might want to consider other options.

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ValueGood performance and expandability at a competitive price4/5
DesignCompact and sleek, but the plastic build feels cheap4/5
FeaturesExcellent expandability and connectivity options. 3/5
PerformanceStrong CPU performance but limited in high-end gaming. 3/5
OverallsA powerful, versatile Mini PC with minor drawbacks. 4/5

Buy it if...

You need a video conferencing solution: 

This Mini PC is perfect for setting up a dedicated video conferencing system. It offers silent operation and easy installation.

You require digital signage: 

Its ability to output 4K video at 60FPS makes it ideal for digital signage, as it provides clear and smooth playback.

It would help if you had a gaming powerhouse.

The gaming performance could be better. If high-end gaming is your priority, a dedicated gaming PC would be a better choice.

You prefer premium build quality.

The plastic build may feel less premium compared to metal alternatives. If build quality is a key concern, consider other options with a more solid construction.

Don't buy it if...

It would help if you had a general-purpose PC:

The limited performance and connectivity make it unsuitable for everyday office tasks or more demanding applications.

You require high-end gaming or processing power: 

This device is not designed for intensive tasks like gaming or heavy computing, and it won't meet those performance needs.

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