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PC Specialist NUC Lite review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £449
inc VAT

Its graphics performance could be better, but this mini PC is fast and versatile, making it a great companion for both office and home


1.7GHz Intel Core i3-4010U, 8GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 8.1

Intel’s NUC Kit is generally sold as a barebones unit you build yourself, but if the thought of assembling your own mini PC is a little daunting, there are an increasing number of system builders who will build a NUC for you, as well as install Windows. PC Specialist’s NUC Lite is based on Intel’s Core i3 NUC Kit barebones, and comes in a standard NUC chassis, measuring a tiny 35x117x112mm. It remains one of the smallest mini PCs available, beaten only by the Chillblast Fusion Brix.

PC Specialist NUC Lite

With a barebones NUC, you’d have to add your own RAM, storage, wireless card and operating system, but these all come as standard on the NUC Lite. Alongside its 1.7GHz Intel Core i3-4010U processor, PC Specialist has included 8GB of RAM, a 120GB Kingston SMS200S3120G mSATA SSD and an Intel Centrino Wireless-N 135 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adaptor, and has installed Windows 8.1.

PC Specialist NUC Lite

Of course, a barebones NUC gives you greater flexibility in adding or removing your own components, but when we priced up the same components and operating system inside the NUC Lite on top of a Core i3 NUC Kit (£225 from, it came out almost £10 more expensive doing it ourselves. Building one yourself would also mean the extra step of installing Windows 8, so you’re definitely getting a good value system with the NUC Lite.

PC Specialist NUC Lite

The only thing we would have liked to have seen included is a mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor, to make it easy to plug into a TV or a non-DisplayPort monitor. These are cheap and easy to come by, though; for example, sells a Belkin model for as little as £3.60. Along with its graphics outputs, the NUC has four USB3 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a combined headphone and microphone jack.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i3-4010U
Processor external bus 100MHz
Processor multiplier x17
Processor clock speed 1.7GHz
Processor socket FCBGA1168
Memory 8
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Intel D34010WYB
Motherboard chipset Intel ID0A04


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/2
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI slots (free) 0
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 0
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Kingston SMS200S3120G
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) Intel HD Graphics 4400
Graphics/video ports HDMI


Sound Intel HD Audio
Sound outputs headphone
Speakers N/A

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) none


Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option restore disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (one year collect and return, one year parts, three years labour)
Price £449

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