Introduction and Specifications

We’ve already seen pictures of this NUC earlier, but let’s have a look around the unit now. Instead of the light grey aluminum sides this years’ NUCs sport a much darker outfit. Instead of aluminum the sides are made of plastic. The top retains the glossy plastic finish that does get scratched very easily. Keep the protective cover on as long as you can, especially while installing the components into the NUC.

On the front panel there are 2 USB 3.0 ports, one of them fast charging capable. You’ve got a headphone/line out jack. The power button is now located on the front panel. Finally, there’s also something called a ring LED. This large size LED you can configure to work as a power LED, HDD LED or opt to control it by software. You can even choose the colour out of 7 different options! The two small holes on the left and right are for the stereo microphone.

On the left side of the unit there’s a micro SDXC card reader (UHS-1 capable) and a Kensington security slot.On the front panel there are 2 USB 3.0 ports, one of them fast charging capable. You’ve got a headphone/line out jack. The power button is now located on the front panel. Finally, there’s also something called a ring LED. This large size LED you can configure to work as a power LED, HDD LED or opt to control it by software. You can even choose the colour out of 7 different options! The two small holes on the left and right are for the stereo microphone.

Under the Hood

The Kaby Lake NUC is delivered without memory and storage media included. For memory you should choose either 4, 8 or 16 gigabyte memory modules. There are two slots available and even if you can populate only one of them, you should definitely consider installing two similar memory modules for optimal performance. The memory module must be a 1.2 volt DDR4 SO-DIMM module, and if this one is anything like its predecessors it can be a bit picky regarding the compatible memory modules.

Specifications

  • Intel Core i3-7100U Processor, 2.4GHz, dual-core, 15W TDP
  • 2 slots for DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM memory, 1.2V, max. 32GB
  • Normal, full-size HDMI 2.0 port
  • USB Type-C Port with DisplayPort 1.2
  • Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU, 24 EUs (GT2)
  • Four USB 3.0 ports (2 on the front, 2 on the rear)
  • Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN adapter
  • Intel Wireless-AC 8265 WiFi adapter (802.11ac, dual-band, max. 867 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2)
  • Support for M.2 SSD card (sizes 22×42 and 22×80)
  • Slot for a single 2.5″ drive (SSD or HDD, max. 9.5mm thickness)
  • Micro SD card reader (support SDXC cards and UHS-I)
  • Dual-array microphones on the front panel
  • Infrared sensor and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions 115 mm x 111 mm x 51 mm (4.5″ x 4.4″ x 2.0″)