Those of us who work from home can sometimes feel lonely, and video conferencing is often the only time when remote workers will see and interact with fellow employees: that’s where a webcam comes into play.
Now, a hitherto unknown computer vendor, Coolfun (which seems to be a sister company to Minisforum), has come up with a mini PC with a built-in camera.
The MC560 costs less than $400 at Amazon and punches well above its weight thanks to a combination of clever component choices and unique features.
Minisforum HC560: A brief look
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, a 2.5Gb Ethernet LAN port, a HDMI connector, an audio port, Bluetooth 5.2 and three USB ports and yes, it can run two 4K monitors. There’s no card reader and the PC itself is not upgradable. Windows 11 Pro helps power the MC 560 and is a welcomed surprise, positioning it clearly as a business PC.
Featurewise, the integrated 2.5K/5-megapixel HDR webcam steals the show. Not only does it have two microphones running alongside it, it also has a tiltable base, offering extra flexibility. A pair of 3W speakers complement this exciting multimedia offering.
The MC560 is honestly a very good PC, at least on paper. The brand doesn’t have the cachet of bigger names like Dell, Lenovo or HP and if after sales and support is what you’re after (especially if you are a prosumer, business, freelancer, hustler or someone with a side gig), it might be worth looking elsewhere.
It is small enough and well designed to adorn a contemporary office without looking out of place next to a business monitor. It is powerful enough for most end user business or professional tasks: from email to image editing, even when used as a thin client or budget workstation PC.
Alternatively, its webcam has a near 94 degrees viewing angle which makes it a great fit for meeting rooms and team huddles. As for swapping it for a laptop, you’d be hard pressed to find any notebook with this configuration and a high-res camera.
As we haven’t tested one, we have approached Minisforum for a review sample.
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.