Intel's newest low-cost NUC is a cheap, fully functional Windows 10 PC with a quad-core Apollo Lake Celeron processor.
What's an NUC? That stands for "next unit of computing," which is Intel's name for a line of mini desktop computers. Often, these are bare-bones systems that ship without an operating system or even all the required components, but the new NUC6CAYS model popping up in online stores now is a ready to run Windows 10 machine.
And for everything that the preconfigured Intel NUC6CAYS has (Intel will also release a bare-bones version), it's an attractively affordable option. Intel's recommended customer price is $215 (converts to AU$297 and £175), but right now you can find it online at Amazon and Newegg for around $230 (converts to AU$318 and £187).
NUCs, around since 2012, are basically one step up from a Compute Stick. Though they're usually pricier than similar mini PC counterparts made by other manufacturers, the NUC6CAYS bucks the trend with its low price and impressive specs.
- 10W Apollo Lake 1.5GHz quad-core Celeron processor
- HD Graphics 500
- 2GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB)
- 32GB eMMC flash drive (upgradable to 1TB)
- Windows 10 Home
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
- HDMI 2.0 with 4K at 60Hz
- VGA port
- Four USB 3.0 ports
- Three USB 2.0 ports
- Stereo microphone/headphone jack