NUCs have taken the world by storm over the past few years. Small form factor computers are only getting more popular as time goes by, and if you’ve been keyed into the world of tech over the past few years you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about Intel’s NUC PCs. But any kind of new technology can be intimidating to the uninitiated, and the ins and outs of what a NUC is and how it can benefit you might pass you by if you’re not one to study for consumer tech vocabulary quizzes.
Never fear: you don’t have to take the plunge all by yourself! EWC Technologies has prepared a handy introductory guide for those of you who are curious about small form factor computers but might not know a NUC PC from an HD TV. Read on and acquaint yourself with this exciting new realm of personal computing.
What is a NUC?
NUC stands for “Next Unit of Computing”, and Intel has taken pains to make sure that this acronym isn’t just an empty boast. These are palm-sized computers that carry all the processing heft of a traditional tower desktop and then some. While small form factor computers as we know them have been around since at least the mid 2000s, the NUC has been pushing the small computer concept to the next level.
The NUC PC is also defined by its vast number of inputs and nearly limitless potential for customization, bringing the freedom and versatility of do-it-yourself computer building to those users who may have less in the way of technical know-how.
Why Choose a NUC?
NUCs offer an exciting new world of possibilities for users on a budget who need powerful processors that take up very little space and have a wide range of applications. Your given NUC PC retails for an affordable price, with some starting as low as $265. That’s a small fraction of the price than a desktop of comparable power would cost. Even an average budget laptop that doesn’t have as much power as a NUC tends to cost two or three times as much.
These small form factor computers are cheap, strong, conveniently sized, and can be easily modified to suit a wide range of uses for the consumer. It’s no wonder that the NUC PC is having its day in the sun, and it’s only getting brighter with time.
What Kind of NUC Should I Get?
It depends on what you want to use it for. NUCs range in utility from casual use to professional powerhouses, and what you get out of it will depend entirely on what you need it for and how you choose to customize it.
If you’re picking up a NUC for the first time, it’s hard to go wrong with the Dawson Canyon. This commercial NUC PC has extended support life and can be easily modified to work with even relatively sophisticated business OS systems, such as Linux Ubuntu and CentOS. Whether you’re getting a job done or simply content to cruise the net, the Dawson Canyon is an affordable and highly capable model that will see you through.
On the other hand, if you’d like to jump in head first and experience the full power that a NUC PC can offer you, we’d recommend the Hades Canyon. Powered by a mighty overclocked i7 processor, this model is ideal for performing creative tasks with ease. It can even run many of the latest video games without breaking a sweat. The Hades Canyon offers an extraordinary level of power in a previously unheard-of compact size, and makes a fantastic option for those looking to become serious NUC PC enthusiasts as quickly as possible.
Lastly, if you’d like a model that’s somewhere between the Dawson Canyon and the Hades Canyon in terms of price and power, the Bean Canyon should make an excellent fit for what you’re looking for. This 8th generation NUC is fresh out of the factory and runs on an i5 processor that can handle a wide variety of tasks, be they in the realm of business or entertainment. For those of you who find yourself sitting squarely on the fence, the Bean Canyon is a NUC PC you can put your trust in.
Where Can I Get a NUC?
Want to know the best part of all? You can experience the power and convenience of a NUC all for yourself, with absolutely no obligation to buy, when you shop with EWC Technologies.
EWC offers two week product demonstrations for businesses that would like to try out everything a NUC PC has to offer, but that aren’t certain they want to commit to this technology. Get in touch with us now to find out how you can take advantage of a free trial of our small form factor computers, or if you’d like to hear more about our NUCs and have customization specifics you’d like to share with us. You have nothing to lose, and a whole new world of technological fidelity to explore at no charge.
If you’re a NUC PC veteran who has some tips for newbies we didn’t cover here, leave us a comment below; do the same if you’re interested in the world of NUCs and need clarification for something we discussed in this post. Remember to keep up with our blog for everything you need about news, views, and breaking developments in the world of small format computers. And as always, trust in EWC Technologies to give you the NUC PC you deserve at a price you can have confidence in.