Intel's Newest NUC Kit Includes a 2.5-inch Drive Bay

Paul Lilly

Newest NUC boasts support for a single 2.5-inch drive

Intel has its eye on the mini PC market with the introduction of its Next Unit of Computing (NUC) systems, though a limitation of early run versions is that they all used mSATA solid state drives. That in itself isn't a deal killer (though mSATA may not be long for this world), but what did cause problems is having the Wi-Fi card plopped right on top of the mSATA SSD. There were several reports of Wi-Fi issues with first run models (which is something we observed ourselves ), possibly as a result of overheating, but with the newest NUC kit, Intel added a 2.5-inch drive bay .

The new NUC ( D54250WYKH ) is a tad bigger than earlier models, though it's still compact at just 4.59 inches by 4.41 inches by 1.95 inches (the actual PCB still measures 4 inches by 4 inches). It's also fairly well equipped with an Intel Core i5 4250U dual-core processor (1.3GHz base, 2.6GHz Turbo; 3MB smart cache) and two DDR3L slots supporting up to 16GB of 1600MHz memory.

It also features Intel HD 5000 graphics, HDMI (1.4a) output, a mini DisplayPort supporting 4K displays, mini HDMI, onboard audio, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, GbE LAN port, integrated Wi-Fi, a full-height slot for a mSATA drive with Intel Rapid Start technology, and a few other odds and ends.

Could you see yourself owning one of these, or are you only interested in larger size PCs?

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