The first Intel NUC mini-desktop computer with an Apollo Lake chip is now available for purchase.
NUC computers are small PCs that measure about 4.5″ x 4.5″ across, and which basically have the guts of a laptop computer stuffed into a small box that you can plug into a TV, monitor, or digital signage system.
The Apollo Lake model will likely be one of the cheapest, lowest-power NUC systems to launch in 2017, and now you can pick one up from Amazon for about $232.
For that price you get a compact computer with a 10 watt, 1.5 GHz quad-core Intel Celeron J3455 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and Windows 10 Home software pre-installed.
You can upgrade the memory, since the system supports up to 8GB of RAM, and there’s a 2.5 inch drive bay for an additional hard drive or solid state drive in this model. Some slim NUC computers lack that drive bay, but this model is one of the thicker versions, which measures about 2 inches high, with room for a laptop-style hard drive or SSD.
Other features include 7.1 channel audio, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, an Ethernet jack, HDMI 2.0 and VGA ports, a 3.5mm headset jack, an SDXC card slot, and four USB ports.
Intel also plans to launch more powerful NUC computers featuring Kaby Lake processors soon, starting with a Core i3 model that will be available this month.
via The NUC BLog