The 2015 lineup of Intel NUC mini computers are available with the latest Intel chips, dual display ports, and compact designs.

While they have enough USB ports to connect a few peripherals, there’s another way to add functionality to an NUC: by changing the computer’s lid.

nuc lid

The lid that covers the top of Intel’s new NUC computers is both removeable and replaceable. You can swap out a black lid for a model with a different color or create a 3D printed lid with your company logo or just about any other graphic on it.

But you can also add a lid that has NFC, 4G LTE, or other features. Intel says you could add an SDXC card reader, RS232 port, VGA port, or additional USB ports, for example.

The company says replacement lids will be available from third-party manufacturers if you don’t feel like designing and building your own.

via UMPC Portal and Notebook Italia

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8 replies on “Intel’s new NUC mini computers have upgradeable lids”

  1. Distributed computing would have been cool. Too bad USB 2.0 is too slow. At least for what I had in mind, even GigE would get saturated if you connected more than a few NUCs to a switch.

    Oh well, it’s not like I’m the target market anyway.

  2. Too bad the headers for the connection are only USB 2.0. It would have been cool to daisy chain NUCs together.

    1. Just NFC and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Some will have an additional 12 V – 19 V auxiliary power.

  3. Good idea. These little cases should be expandable – including thicker lids that add a bay for another hard drive / ssd.

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