Intel has been spewing out its compact NUC PCs for a while now, but they haven’t got as cool as this. The new “Skull Canyon” PC is another such portable machine, however, one which strives to compete against the Xbox One and the PS4 for your living room.
For starters, with dimensions of 216 x 116 x 23 mm, the Skull Canyon NUC is certainly a good-looking machine. Under the hood, you get a 2.6 Ghz Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor, that runs on just 45W, and an Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 graphics chip with 128 MB eDRAM cache & 78 graphic execution units. Still, at this point it can’t beat the top 20 percent of discrete GPUs.
Alongside it you get DDR4 RAM (up to 32 GB), two m.2 SSD slots, Wi-Fi ac, and optional Windows 10.
Connectivity is well covered by the thing, with support for a full-sized HDMI 2.0 port, Bluetooth 4.2, four USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort 1.2 out, SD card slot, IR sensor, gigabit LAN and most importantly, Thunderbolt 3, which with speeds of 40 Gbps supports an external graphic card like the Razer Core (which by the way is itself not very cheap at $500, without any graphic cards).
As for the price, the absolutely barebones version with no RAM, OS and storage comes at $650 (Rs. 68,000 approx.). If you want a better PC, get ready to shell $999 (Rs. 1,04,500 approx) for a version with 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD and Windows 10.
It may not be the fastest PC around, but there’s certainly a market for these kind of powerful PCs which can be held in your hand and right now this is one of your best options.