Intel NUC Review: Conclusion
The Intel NUC is a bit of a marvel if your consider it as a mini PC. It’s tiny, packed with ports and with its VESA bracket can be easily hidden out of sight. It’s no slouch when it comes to performance either — although the components you choose will impact that. Cheap out on RAM, for example, and you could be chugging.
And that’s my biggest beef with this PC. Although Intel does market it as a kit, it’s still a bit of a shock when you realize that it will do literally nothing until you buy and install a bunch of components. Plug in a monitor and keyboard out of the box and it’s dead.
Fortunately opening up the case is easy — all you need is a phillips screwdriver.
If you’re buying the Intel NUC as a Mini PC and don’t mind spending a few hundred dollars more to make it operational, I suspect you’ll be very happy with this computer. However, if the $399 price tag is what drew you in, get ready for sticker shock because just like a car, that’s only the starting point.
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