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2012-12-03T11:07:16Z

Intel's Tiny NUC The "Intel Next Unit of Computing" (NUC), as it's appropriately called, is an ultra-compact desktop system that's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, while packing a performance punch that belies its diminutive stature. Power users looking to game on their high-resolution 30-inch monitors need not apply, but there are plenty of markets for a system like this, not the least of which is the mainstream buyer. Intel says its NUC is also ideal for digital signage, kiosks, home theater setups, and anywhere else where space is at a premium...

Intel's Tiny NUC "Next Unit of Computing" PC

Dorkstar
2012-12-03T12:34:22Z

Couple this with those flexible displays and you have yourself a good desktop for those without a lot of space.  I like that they have an hdmi input, assuming the price gets a little lower with time, this would be nice to mount to a wall behind the TV and use as a media center.  

realneil
2012-12-03T12:45:00Z

Great review Paul.

I like that it has a VESA mount so it can be attached to the back side of a monitor.

The performance results are damn good for a PC without a discreet GPU on board.

Paul_Lilly
2012-12-03T12:48:39Z

Thanks, and I agree about the performance. If Intel can get the Wi-Fi issue ironed out -- and they're working on that right now, via a BIOS update -- this would be a great alternative to the typical tower desktop. Even more so if SSD prices continue to drop.

CDeeter
2012-12-03T17:02:02Z

Did Intel work with Zotac on this? Seems really similar, but with an i3 instead of Atom or Brazo[censored]ard.

OSunday
2012-12-03T20:34:52Z

The mounting options through VESA and potential for Media Center applications are pretty sweet too!

I'd love to see one of these things put into a car or something similar, it's almost too perfect for that

kylevasher
2012-12-03T23:02:55Z

Definitely has it's place in the market. Neat little device.

Dorkstar
2012-12-04T16:59:03Z

kylevasher wrote:

Definitely has it's place in the market. Neat little device.

While I agree, but at $500 it can rest peacefully on a store shelf.  This thing needs to get down below $200 before I even consider buying one.

OSunday
2012-12-05T02:17:53Z

Aha woahh didn't see that $500 price tag, that definitely drops down the appeal since for the same price you can get some hardware with a little more kick too it, just minus the portability.

I don't know why super small form factors are being pushed so much, it's not like there's widespread complaints from people about not having space for desktops or not liking the size of small-mid towers?

Dorkstar
2012-12-05T08:14:53Z

OSunday wrote:

Aha woahh didn't see that $500 price tag, that definitely drops down the appeal since for the same price you can get some hardware with a little more kick too it, just minus the portability.

I don't know why super small form factors are being pushed so much, it's not like there's widespread complaints from people about not having space for desktops or not liking the size of small-mid towers?

That's because we enjoy living in excess in America.  Trying fitting a full size case in a 300 square foot apartment with 3 people living in it.

 

Mattos
2012-12-06T23:57:50Z

I believe the Sapphire Edge Mini PC is slightly cheaper than this. I think this is a bit smaller and you have to like how this performs.

OSunday
2012-12-12T18:53:33Z

I don't mean to revive an old thread but I found a giveaway for one of these baby's!

It's coming from motherboards.org along side a little video review and they're giving one away by selecting a commenter from the YouTube video.
For anyone who wants to check it out, here it is!

Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDWCUwQb1eE&list=UUcx2OUQ9OGdL4FTexi0h35Q&index=2

 

TruSignage
2012-12-14T07:35:33Z

Sorry no sale.. The future is Android. $300 + HDD + Windows tax? low power.. just get a real desktop if really needed. PC, content creation, high end gaming for now. but these will move more to the cloud or to a centralised home server.

Dorkstar
2012-12-14T13:49:17Z

TruSignage wrote:

Sorry no sale.. The future is Android. $300 + HDD + Windows tax? low power.. just get a real desktop if really needed. PC, content creation, high end gaming for now. but these will move more to the cloud or to a centralised home server.

Yeah, but even though we don't necessarily want it, we all know the world is moving to cloud based applications.  Before you know it, you'll be playing Farcry 3 on ultra-high settings off a $25 rasberry pi.  No more hardware advantages!

OSunday
2012-12-14T17:47:13Z

I think by don't want it he just meant what you're getting for the price, I don't think anyone would argue that smaller form factors is a good thing technologically speaking... and ultra-high settings off a $25 Raspberry Pi isn't happening any time in the near future either unfortunately :/