Mac Mini vs Intel NUC.

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Compact desktops or Mini PC whatever you may call it. You can use it as a small server or HTPC(Home Theatre PC). But now Intel’s  NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is gaining popularity in the compact desktop space. The main disadvantages in Mac Mini is, its  7.7 inches squared and is 1.4 inches high size, which is quite big when compared to Intel NUC which is 4.4 by 4.6 by 1.4 inches. The reason for bigger Mac mini is the size of its internal power cord. Intel NUC  has a bulky external power card, whatever it is, both consume less power. The previous NUC was big in size and was looking bad, but the new version of NUC is sleek and handy, you can carry anywhere, even in your lunch box. Apple didn’t update the design of the Mini since it launched in 2010, and it was the he only Mac that Apple didn’t update in 2013. There will be an update from Apple and a new compact desktop from Samsung too. 

Intel NUC vs Mac Mini

Specification of Intel NUC:-

  • Intel Ivy Bridge i3-3217U CPU
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics card
  • NUC can support up to 16 GB
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI port
  • DisplayPort
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • As well as a Core i5 Haswell chip

Specification Mac Mini:-

  •  USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI
  • Thunderbolt
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • SDXC card slot.

Intel NUC in Monitor

You can buy a laptop in this price without addons to perform all your basic tasks easily. Intel NUC has i3 and i5 options. Intel NUC has a Haswell chip it takes only little amount of power to perform your task. It comes with a stand that can hold NUC on the back side of your monitor. The final verdict is, Intel’s NUC is cheap, lightweight, compact but still can’t give a full competition to Apple’s Mac Mini and not a worthy compact PC to perform high end task. 

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