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Intel NUC Review: INTC’s Mini PC Packs a Punch

This PC kit is cheap, but quickly gets expensive as you add required components

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Intel NUC Review: $399 Can Quickly Escalate

The problem with the $399 Intel NUC is that it’s sold as a kit. That $299 HP bare bones PC? It includes RAM, a hard drive, an optical drive, Wi-Fi, Windows 8.1 and even a cheap keyboard and mouse. The Intel NUC has none of that.

Intel NCU from INTC is a Mini PC kit
Source: Intel

By the time you buy RAM, an SSD, a WiFi card and a copy of Windows, that $399 could nearly double. And then it’s not a cheap option any longer.

If you’ve ever shopped for a car, you’re familiar with this approach. Ford (F) advertises a new Fiesta at $14,100 but by the time you add options you take for granted — like air conditioning and an automatic transmission — you’ve added a few thousand dollars to that price.

You could can cut costs with this Mini PC by installing a free operating system like Linux or Google’s (GOOG) Chrome OS, but you still have to add a bunch of “options” before it will even boot up. So consider that $399 the starting price only.

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