As expected, Intel is making its tiny PCs a bit bigger. The company’s NUC computers are tiny desktop PCs with Intel processors. But up until now they’ve been so small that there wasn’t even room for a hard drive. Instead you had to use an mSATA solid state drive for storage.
This year Intel will introduce new models which are still the size of a small stack of CD cases, but which are a bit taller — and which have room for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD.
Legit Reviews got an early look at new model, which is about 0.6 inches thicker than the original, but still small enough to hold in the palm of your hand.
Intel also added new ventilation holes to help keep the drive cool.
According to Legit Reviews, the system takes just about 20 seconds to boot whether you use an mSATA or full-sized SATA III solid state drive. But the advantage to that new drive bay is that you can now fit two drives in this tiny PC, and choose between the speed of a solid state drive and the low cost-per-gigabyte value of a large hard drive.