You might already be familiar with small form factor PCs, or you might not know a hard drive from a USB flash drive. Either way, it can be easy for even the most well-informed tech enthusiast to get mixed up about emerging tech like the NUC. There’s a lot of misinformation about what exactly a small desktop PC does—or doesn’t do—when you compare it to traditional desktops or laptops.
Luckily for you, EWC Technologies is here to help. Here’s a list of 5 things you probably didn’t know a small form factor computer can offer to make work and leisure much more fulfilling.
1. They Can Run Many Operating Systems
One of the big advantages of a NUC is that many of them are capable of running a variety of OS options. Whether it’s the latest version of Windows or a more complex operating system like Linux, a small desktop PC can provide you with a large number of options when it comes to the ways you work and play. The Dawson Canyon, for example, is a great choice for the budget-conscious techie who wants their pick of software options. And speaking of budgets...
2. Small Form Factor Computers Are Cheaper
NUCs aren’t just versatile as desktop computer alternatives: they’re frequently much cheaper than their towered brethren as well. As of this writing, the Arches Canyon NUC starts for as low as $264, which is a trivial amount of money for a small desktop PC that can outclass laptops and desktops alike. When it comes to NUCs you’ll almost always be able to find one at a price point that parallels the size of the computer itself.
3. They’ve Been Around Longer Than You Think
Small form factor computers have been on the market for some time, but it’s really only been over the past decade that they’ve become powerful and sophisticated enough to compete with the desktop market. While not the kind of small desktop PC that we’re familiar with in the form of the NUC, Apple can be thanked for bringing light to this trend with its unveiling of the Mac Mini in 2005. This model marked a big step up in convenience and performance from the minimalist PC packages that used to define this subgenre of computer.
The history of DIY PC models can serve as great reading for understanding how we got to this point. While NUCs are certainly the most powerful and versatile small form factor computers on the market, there are plenty of small desktop PCs that came before it that serve as worthy precedents.
4. They Can Be Used for Gaming
One of the bigger obstacles standing in the way of the NUC’s nascent popularity has been the perception that it’s strictly a business computer. It had previously been unable to properly compete as a desktop computer alternative when it came to playing advanced video games. However, thanks to the development of high-powered NUCs like the Hades Canyon, you can now get your hands on a small desktop PC capable of going toe-to-toe with the heftiest gaming rigs. If you’ve been waiting on the NUC because you’ve been holding out for a model that can run the latest games without a hitch, this might be the perfect time to see what you’ve been missing.
5. NUCs Offer Versatile Hardware Options
It’s not only the number of operating systems a NUC can handle that gives it an advantage, but also the different types of hardware and physical plugins it can work with such as monitors, external hard drives, and other elements you need to give you the complete small desktop PC experience. It’s a huge luxury to be able to buy computer accessories according to your own taste and needs as opposed to what will and won’t be compatible with your PC brand, and that’s a convenience that a NUC will let you enjoy to the fullest.
Try a NUC for Yourself
That’s our list of 5 things you might not have known a NUC can offer you, but you don’t have to take our word about this revolutionary brand of small desktop PC on faith alone. EWC Technologies is offering a free trial of these pint-sized desktop computer alternatives to any business or entrepreneur who wants to cut down on space and max out their efficiency. And if you end up loving your new NUCs, EWC has a generous large-order policy that will let you save a bundle on decking out your office with a smaller and stronger desktop PC experience. All you have to do is get in touch now and see for yourself how NUCs can start making your life that much easier, with zero financial obligation attached to boot.
EWC offers tons of personal customization options for you to choose from even before we ship your new unit to you, and we’re always happy to work with new clients to help them get the most out of their new NUCs. Check out our knowledge base for everything you need to know about how you can optimize this small desktop PC to your exact specifications, and keep up with our blog to stay on top of news from the world of NUCs and small form factor computers. When you get tired of traditional PCs taking up your space and wasting your time, shop with EWC Technologies for cheap, convenient, and powerful desktop computer alternatives you can rely on every time.