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

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16 replies on “Intel NUC with Celeron J3455 Apollo Lake CPU now available for $230”

  1. Got one of these and loaded it with Ubuntu. Makes a real solid media server for my network.

  2. Will the bigger NUCs take 15mm 2.5″ drives? This one’s a bit undercooked, but a fast disc for the OS and a 5TB Barracuda might make a decent small server.

    1. I’m fairly certain all NUC models with 2.5″ bays have only supported 9.5mm thickness in the past. I doubt that will chance, with SSDs being mostly inmind

    2. Fast disc is almost an oxymoron at this point, but how CPU intensive are server tasks?

      1. I should have said eMMC or mSATA for the OS drive (I’m old, I still think of them as discs). I just like the idea small home servers and await the day when there NUCs are ‘good enough’.

  3. Too costly, IMO. There are a plenty of chinese miniPCs, as well as Lenovo, Dell and others offers on market.

    1. Be really careful with cheap Chinese Mini PCs. They often use really cheap brands for their SSDs and RAM (brands like Foresee, etc).

      RAM and Storage isn’t something I would cheap out on. Bad RAM can corrupt your files with no warning. And storage… well its pretty obvious what can go wrong there.

      1. I agree with you on the cheap brands comment, but at this price I begin to wonder who makes these for INTC.

  4. $300 when equipped. $400 with Windows 10. Not sure what people are supposed to do with this. It should be priced $100 less.

    1. No, $232 for Windows 10 on a 32gb drive and 2gb of RAM. I would upgrade from that, but not a bad deal.

    2. Read again. It’s not a bare bones device and it includes Windows 10. Depending on your use you might not need anything other than a SSD, but at least it allows for that. Many of the small cheap devices don’t.

      1. Sorry, I missed that. It would be nice for them to sell the barebones for $100 less. Let people make a linux htpc that plays 4k content. I don’t think it would do any better than my odroid c2.

        1. You can get a version (NUC6CAYH) that does not come with Windows or the RAM or eMMC. Should be $50 to 100 cheaper.

          Here is the previous version (NUC5CPYH) with a Braswell CPU for $125 on Amazon.

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