There are a multitude of computers and computer accessories available today which should cater to the majority of customers’ needs. However, if you find that none of these devices are powerful enough or specialised enough for your needs, you may like to consider a NUC as the Intel Hades Canyon. To watch our video review of this product, which includes footage of The Forest video game, please see the video below. For an introductory level, text-based review, continue reading.
Firstly, what is a NUC? NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing. This is a small, portable and powerful energy base for a computer. NUCs are ideal for small work spaces, digital nomads and high volume computer work such as gaming and video editing. They can be connected to a laptop to improve its performance or replace a tower for a desktop monitor.
The Intel Hades Canyon NUC can be purchased as a bare bones or bundled kit. A bare bones kit requires the customer to purchase memory, a hard drive and an operating system separately. This is ideal for someone who has a specialised need and wants to build their own computer. The second option is a bundled kit. This version of the Intel Hades Canyon NUC comes with these memory, hard drive and an operating system included so it’s an ‘off the shelf’ purchase. Both the bare bones and bundled kits require a transformer (aka power brick) to function.
Because the Intel Hades Canyon NUC is meant to connect to other devices, it features several ports, including:
- USB-C ports including Thunderbolt 3
- USB-A port
- USB-B port
- SDXC card slot
- 2 x HDMI port
- 2 x mini display port
The Thunderbolt 3 ports take Thunderbolt cables which accommodate audio, visual and electrical current all-in-one. This means that instead of needing a specific cable for each piece of hardware, you can connect any piece of thunderbolt technology (USBs, speakers, headphones, keyboards etc.) to a Thunderbolt port. In addition to being versatile, Thunderbolt 3 technology is also powerful. A Thunderbolt 3 cable (plugged into an Intel Hades Canyon NUC) provides four times the data and twice the bandwidth of any other cable. That being said, if you are adverse to cables on principle, you can also connect to the Intel Hades Canyon NUC via Bluetooth.