Intel has been offering NUC mini-computers for a few years, offering a tiny PC with the guts of a decent laptop computer. But up until recently, most NUC systems have been sold as barebones computers: they come with a processor, but no memory, RAM, or operating system.
The Grass Canyon NUC has a quad-core Intel Pentium N3700 Braswell processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage. There’s also a 2.5 inch drive bay if you want to add an extra SSD or hard drive for additional storage.
Other features include four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, a headset jack on the front, and a headphone/TOSLINK jack on the back with support for 5.1 channel audio output. There’s an SDXC card slot and the system supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth.
If you think you might need more memory, the system supports up to 8GB of RAM, and you should be able to perform upgrades pretty easily by popping off the top of the case.
While the system ships with Windows 10, Intel says it also officially supports Windows 8, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Android.
The computer measures about 4.5″ x 4.4″ x 2″.
The Grass Canyon NUC also comes with 3-year warranty.
While there are certainly cheaper mini PCs on the market, this is one of the most affordable models Intel has offered to date, and one of the first to ship with everything you need to get up and running as soon as you plug in a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
Or you could opt for a barebones model, which sells for about $185.