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Buying a mini PC? Here’s what you need to know

From portable pint-sized desktops like the Intel® Next Unit of Computing (NUC) to the latest line of dongle-sized Intel® Compute Sticks, mini PCs are taking the world by storm. These small devices are essentially an entire desktop in a device that can be as small as a thumbdrive. If you’re not sure if you need one, read on to help you decide.

What are mini PCs?

Say goodbye to your traditional PC towers, and hello to the ultra-chic mini PCs. With fewer cables and no need for a cumbersome computer case, these devices, including the Intel® NUC, take up very little space no matter where you put them. Many mini PCs are also powered by an Intel® processor and run on the Windows* operating system, so you get impressive desktop performance in a small, space-saving design.

Here’s why you should get the Intel® NUC

If you have a small desk or are always on the go, the Intel® NUC is a great way to get almost all the features of a desktop without the usual hardware size. If that wasn’t enough, they also use less energy than average full-size desktop towers, so you save money while getting exceptional performance.1 Below are some of the many ways you can use an Intel® NUC.

Discover all the Intel® NUC possibilities

With Ultra HD 4K video capabilities and large expandable storage, this device delivers amazing multimedia experiences. It is also small enough to be tucked away in a drawer or mounted behind a screen.

Enjoy PC gaming on the big screen with an Intel® NUC. You’ll get multiple display support with HDMI*, as well as premium audio, and game streaming with Windows® 10 and Xbox One* for an immersive gaming experience.2

Thanks to its small, sturdy design and powerful Intel® processor, the Intel® NUC makes a great starter PC for students. Your child just has to plug it into a compatible TV and they’ll be able to work on projects and research online.

These devices offer wireless connections, easy meeting starts and multiple display capabilities, excellent for conference calls or out-of-office meetings. They also support apps such as Microsoft Office*, Skype* and Adobe Creative Cloud* all while taking up surprisingly little space on your table.3

Things to consider before your purchase

While these devices are powerful for their size and let you run most office apps and watch HD movies smoothly, a laptop or desktop may be a better choice if you need intense computing power. A mini PC also does not come with a keyboard or monitor, so you will have to connect it to these components as well as a nearby power source.

The Intel® Compute Stick is a great way to start computing on the go. All you have to do is plug this tiny device into the HDMI* port of any TV, power it up and you’re all set. See why it’s an amazing device for travelers, or learn how to use the newest Intel® Compute Stick model.

Enjoy full-sized desktop performance with a mini PC

Mini PCs are available in all shapes, sizes and configurations, and give you dynamic, portable performance. Find the right device for all your needs by taking a look at Intel® Compute Sticks on offer, or visit the shop to see our full range of Intel® NUC devices.

Shop for an Intel® NUC


1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/performance.

60% more energy efficient systems: compared to your outdated tower (http://www.intel.com.au/content/www/au/en/mini-pc/mini-pc-shrink-your-desktop-pt-infographic.html).

2. Intel® technologies may require enabled hardware, specific software, or services activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com.

3. Sub 3 liter design: for the ultimate space saving alternative (http://www.intel.com.au/content/www/au/en/mini-pc/mini-pc-overview.html)