AMD-powered classic Macintosh Classic-Inspired mini PC available for retail — Ayaneo's new AM01 released after a successful Indiegogo campaign

Ayaneo AM01 Mini PC
(Image credit: Ayaneo)

Ayaneo is officially selling its retro mini PC, the AM01, outside of its crowdfunding campaign via its website. The AM01 mini PC is reminiscent of the Macintosh Classic and is available in multiple configurations. The AM01 is much smaller than the Macintosh Classic, but it's packed with features and can be purchased with a memory configuration of between 8 and 32GB and primary SSD storage options of up to 1TB.

Ayaneo updated its AM01 mini PC a few weeks ago with the Ryzen 7 5800U variant. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800U is an older CPU — launched in 2021 — and is based on the Zen 3 architecture featuring on-chip Radeon Vega 8 graphics. Only time will tell if the company will provide a newer version of this retro-looking mini PC with updated CPUs. 

The AM01 mini PC offers a 2280 M.2 port using PCIe 3.0 bandwidth and an SATA port for secondary storage, dual DDR4 SO-DIMM ports, and CPU options of Ryzen 3 3200U, Ryzen 7 5700U, or Ryzen 7 5800U (listed in specs but not currently sold on the site). It's cooled by a 35-watt fan with an aluminum heatsink with four copper heat pipes. Its dimensions are 5.2 x 5.2 x 2.38 inches (132 x 132 x 60.5mm), and it has plenty of I/O options.

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Ayaneo Retro Mini PC AM01 Specification
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 5800U/ 5700UAMD Ryzen 3 3200U
Memory8 / 16 / 32GB DDR48 / 16GB DDR4
SSDBare System has no memory of hard driveRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 256GB / 512GB / 1TB (AMD Ryzen 7 5800U version without 8GB+256GB configuration256 / 512 GB
Row 4 - Cell 0 1x M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 slot / Support NVMe and SATA SSDRow 4 - Cell 2
Row 5 - Cell 0 1x SATA III Interface / Support 2.5” SSD and HDD (bracket required)Row 5 - Cell 2
ConnectWi-Fi 6 / BT 5.2 | m.2 2280Wi-Fi 5 / BT 4.2 | m.2 2280
Row 7 - Cell 0 1000Mbps on onboard NIC with remote wake-up supportRow 7 - Cell 2
Interface Type1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C (Data Only)Row 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen2Row 9 - Cell 2
Row 10 - Cell 0 1x USB-A 2.0Row 10 - Cell 2
Row 11 - Cell 0 1x HDMI 2.0Row 11 - Cell 2
Row 12 - Cell 0 1x DP 1.4Row 12 - Cell 2
Row 13 - Cell 0 1x 3.5mm Headphone JackRow 13 - Cell 2
Row 14 - Cell 0 1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet PortRow 14 - Cell 2
Row 15 - Cell 0 1x DC Power ConnectorRow 15 - Cell 2
Heat Dissipation35-Watt large size high pressure turbo fanRow 16 - Cell 2
Row 17 - Cell 0 Four copper tube heat dissipation module total aluminum fin area 60008.0 mm²”Row 17 - Cell 2
Power Rating12v 6A / 7A (Depending on specific model)Row 18 - Cell 2
Size132 x 132 x 60.5mm (including feet, 64.5mm)Row 19 - Cell 2
WeightStandard edition: 486g / Barebone edition: 466gRow 20 - Cell 2
OSWindows 11 64-bit Home Edition/ BareboneRow 21 - Cell 2

Ayaneo AM01 Mini PC

(Image credit: Ayaneo)

The pricing is fairly attractive, with the highest-spec options retailing at $449 including shipping, though customs charges may vary depending on country. Also, you may not receive full warranty support, depending on country. There are, of course, other mini PCs to consider — the main selling point of the AM01 is its Macintosh-themed design. If you're just looking for a mini PC, Asus' NUCs are a local option.

That said, if Ayaneo's successful Indiegogo campaign proved anything, it's that users are willing to pay for a fun retro design despite potential trade-offs — nostalgia is always a great way to get people to buy something. 

Freelance News Writer