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.
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.