INTEL NUC gaining acceptance as a lower powered entertainment centre PC

Intel NUC ? What is NUC ? NUC is the short form of next unit of computing by Intel.

As living rooms get smaller over time especially in Asia e.g. Japan, Singapore or Hong Kong. Small PCs have their demand. Lately Intel has been pushing for low powered devices and the INTEL NUC is just one of them. It kind of replaces your desktop PCs or notebooks that are now hooked onto the larger flat screen TV in your living room.

With a small footprint of only 4 x 4 inches, it has Dual HDMI ports (HDMI 1.4a) for connecting to your external TV or HIFI. Powered by the Intel Celeron 847 processor, it has the juice to run Full HD videos at a fraction of the CPU utilisation. The unit also supports up to 16GB of SO-DIMM memory, WiFi / Bluetooth antenna integrated into the chassis and VESA mounting bracket included.

It is well suited to run XBMC as the central of your home theatre system. Of course if you can pair it up with a Bluetooth keyboard+mouse and use it to surf the internet on the large screen TV and run your presentations too. You can also beam your Android or iPhone contents to the TV via this box through XBMC.

The units retails for USD 142 on Amazon.

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In fact this is quite similar to the ECS LIVA that we reviewed before. You can read it here. At the Intel Future Showcase, there are also some upcoming products (NUC) that might surprise consumers and they will come in all forms and shapes in 2015.