Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): $300 is what Intel’s x86 NUC mini-PC Will Cost You

If there is one market that is brimming with potential, it is the mini-PC market for sure. Currently, the hot cake is the numerous ARM-powered Android bare-bones boards and Intel wants a major chunk of the pie by adding an x86 twist.
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According to TG Daily, Intel Corporation(NASDAQ:INTC) has been displaying its Next Unit of Computing (NUC). The NUC is powered by a Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor paired with Intel HD 4000 graphics. As per AnandTech, Santa Clara's NUC should be dispatched to numerous online retailers in early December. The retailers include Newegg and Amazon, while the product will be priced at (will start at) $300.
Brad Linder of Liliputing does not feel that it’s a stellar deal. He elaborated that by shelling out 300 bucks, customers will get a barebones computer with a case, a processor, and motherboard – that’s it! Memory, storage, OS, and power cable will have to be added by users.
There are two versions of Intel’s NUC presently – one model comes with 2 HDMI ports and Gigabit Ethernet, while the other has only one HDMI port no Ethernet jack and a Thunderbolt port. Common features for both models are 2 memory slots, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a half-height mini PCIe slot, and a full-height mini PCIe slot with mSATA support.

The major disadvantage of Intel’s latest offering is its starting price of $300, which is quite expensive when compared to devices like Raspberry Pi. The pricing also puts restrictions on its acceptance in the barebones market. As pointed out before, if the user has to purchase other additions separately, the overall price goes up by almost $100!

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