The overwhelming majority of compact PCs – especially anything describing itself as “miniature” – are almost always about compromise.
You have to cut corners somewhere to squeeze PC components into these unbelievably small form factors.
Well, at least you used to have to cut corners to pull that off.
The Intel NUC 10 Mini PC has changed the way people will look at subcompact PCs forever because of the horsepower they’ve been able to shoehorn into this tiny footprint.
Let’s take a little deeper into everything that makes the Intel NUC 10 so special.
Tiny Footprint, Oversized Power
You’ll never have a hard time finding somewhere to set the Intel NUC 10 Mini PC up.
Measuring just 4.4 inches wide, 4.4 inches deep, and only 2 inches tall it may not be the smallest NUC ever made – but it’s pretty close.
Attractively designed, with minimalistic features, plenty of connection ports, and rounded edges there’s not a lot that “jumps up” at you when you’re first looking at this Intel box.
Under the hood, though, is a whole different story.
Powering this Mini PC is an Intel Core i7-10710U Comet Lake processor capable of hitting speeds of 4.7 GHz without much difficulty. That processor is paired with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and has Intel UHD integrated graphics onboard as well.
A 256 GB solid-state M.2 type hard drive is also included. Likewise, next-generation Wi-Fi (802.11 ax) and Intel gigabit ethernet controllers are built-in, making sure that you’re able to get strong, stable, and fast connections over wireless or wired connections.
Two USB 3.2 Type A connections are included in the back alongside a Thunderbolt 3 connection. A USB 3.2 Type A, as well as a Type C port, are on the front of this miniature computer.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, almost all of the main components can be upgraded.
Size is going to be a somewhat limiting factor in what you can fit under the hood. But there are plenty of upgrade options available for those that want to push this Mini PC to new levels.
Very Energy Efficient
Power consumption won’t be a problem with the Intel NUC 10 Mini PC, either. The hardware we just described doesn’t need a lot of “juice” to run at top speed.
While idling, the system is going to need just 9.8 W of energy. This is almost identical to what your traditional 13 and 15-inch laptops use.
Under extreme loads, though, power consumption can hit a maximum of 98 W. That’s again right in line with what you’d expect from traditional laptops but it’s nowhere near what you might expect to pull from dedicated desktops – devices that this miniature PC was designed to go head-to-head with.
Somewhat Lacking in the Gaming Department
The only thing that is lacking when it comes to the Intel NUC 10 is on the gaming side of things.
The chipset (the i7) isn’t specifically optimized with gaming in mind and doesn’t include the latest in Intel integrated graphics. It still works off of the older UHD set up, which isn’t necessarily horrible – it’s just not as cutting-edge as what you might have expected from something this brand-new.
All in all, if you’re looking for a tiny PC that can handle some seriously heavy lifting (except for cutting-edge gaming) without wasting a lot of desk space the Intel NUC 10 Mini PC is worth a closer look.
Slim, sleek, and filled with performance components this is a home run right out of the box.
Combine that with the extensibility and customization options available (as well as the overall energy efficiency and connectivity options) and it’s not hard to like what the Intel NUC 10 has to offer.