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Default Intel NUC Mini PC

Anyone familiar with these?

As far as I can tell, it seems to be a more powerful version of a Pi, but maybe I'm missing something. What's the point, exactly?

My daughter (11) put one on her Christmas list, but she already has a beefy gaming laptop, so I'm not sure what the use case is for these.

All that said, the kits, rather than the complete systems, do look fun to play with.
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A NUC is not just a beefier pi. It is a full-featured* PC built small with laptop derived components. You can put in a top tier SSD, as much RAM as you want (as long as you don't want workstation amounts of RAM), and go.

The use case is: a desktop PC that is not the size of a crock pot.

* Full featured as long as you are content with the non-upgradable parts.
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Old 11-10-2019, 12:26 PM
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A NUC is not just a beefier pi. It is a full-featured* PC built small with laptop derived components. You can put in a top tier SSD, as much RAM as you want (as long as you don't want workstation amounts of RAM), and go.

The use case is: a desktop PC that is not the size of a crock pot.

* Full featured as long as you are content with the non-upgradable parts.
Thanks! That makes sense. I asked her why she wanted one and she said that way she wouldn't have to bring her laptop that's a lot larger. when we travel. I told her she'd still need a monitor, keyboard, etc. which she hadn't understood. She quickly decided she didn't really need one.

She has a nice gaming laptop, so there is little upside to this in addition.
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I would say this would be the way to go if she had a wimpy laptop for browsing email/social media on the road and then maybe a NUC with a big monitor for light video/audio/photo editing or something like that.
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Not especially relevant to her usecase - but I have one of these as a living room PC. It runs Kodi, use it to stream stuff, etc. For that purpose it works great - small size and basically silent.
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I use a similarly sized PC as a Plex server and a few other server-like functions. I write and test code on my laptop and then run it on the beefier processor when it's ready.
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