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Users ask why they should buy a NUC (Next Unit of Computing) instead of a small desktop or laptop computer. For NUC users, the answer is clear: The NUC is small, lightweight and easily VESA-mounted behind monitors, signage, and in remote areas. It runs 24/7 and can have the features of a high-performance computer when needed. The only thing missing is a PCIe bus expansion slot, which has actually been largely resolved with Thunderbolt.

NUCs outperform laptops with the same processor because they use mains power and have superior thermal management. Shopping malls use these devices as signboard controllers that can update instantly over Wi-Fi. You’ll also find that these tiny computers power point-of-sale records, inventory systems, and signage in stores.

NUCs may also be preferred in shared workspaces. Education, computer labs have also adopted NUCs. It also offers a lower distribution cost, especially since you don’t have to buy a model with an 11th Gen Intel processor – there are even Celeron versions. NUC is also an ideal solution for desktop series where space is an issue. These small, unobtrusive PCs are also ideal HTPC solutions. Some versions support Dolby Vision and Atmos (subject to DRM and DHCP to prevent hacking). There’s a lot of variation out there. Here you can see the 11th generation models.

  • Up to 64GB RAM (2×32GB)
  • i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7, all with 28W max TDP
  • Windows 10 Home or Professional
  • SATA 6 HDD (Qi and long case)
  • Qi Charge Plate (Qi case)
  • You can even get 3rd party enclosures with VGA/DVI connectors and additional USB ports
  • 3 years warranty

NUC 11 Pordollaryellow

Standard ports include:

Rear

  • HDMI 2.0b with CEC/ARC
  • Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) or USB-C 3. 2 Gen 2 (10Gbps and Sub DP)
  • BC 1.2 with 2 x USB-A 3. 1 Gen 1
  • Ethernet up to 2500MB/s
  • DC Input

Thunderbolt 3 ports do not support upstream power to NUC. 5V/3A and 9V/1. It has 67A 15W downstream power.

Side

  • SDXC memory card slot

Front

  • Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C 3. 2 Gen 2
  • USB-A 3.1
  • 3. 5 combo audio jacks

Communication: Extremely fast Wi-Fi

  • Spatial reuse up to 2.4Gbps with Intel AX201, 2×2, OFDMA, 1024QAM, Wi-Fi 6 using Target Wake Time (TWT) and correct router
  • Bluetooth 5. 1
  • IR sensor

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