Intel is updating its NUC line of tiny desktop computers with several new models sporting 7th-gen Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors. As usual, the computers come in two sizes: there’s a shorter version that has room for just a solid state drive, or a taller version with support for an SSD and a 2.5 inch drive.
Thanks to the move from Skylake to Kaby Lake chips, all of the new NUC systems should be a little more powerful than the equivalent models they replace. But some models will go a bit further.
The entry-level NUC with a Core i3 processor will be available this month. Within the next few months Intel also plans to launch models with Core i5 and Core i7 processors.
Those more powerful models will have features including Thunderbolt 3 ports and Intel Iris Plus graphics.
You’ll need to opt for the taller model if you want the Core i7 chip though. The smaller version will only be available with Core i3 or Core i5 processor options. The taller models are also compatible with Intel’s speedy new Optane storage.
All models have four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Gigbait Ethernet jacks, USB Type-C, and a headphone jack.