In 2012, Intel launched the Next Unit Computing (NUC) line of mini PCs with the goal of building computer systems that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet powerful enough.
Although several NUC models are still the best sellers on the market, Intel has decided to move away from this business. Meanwhile, GEEKOM, the multinational consumer electronics company, is promising to keep Intel’s vision for compact computing. Right now, the brand offers several mini PC options.
The GEEKOM Mini IT12 is identical in many ways to the NUC 12 Pro Wall Street Canyon. Both mini PCs are the same shape and size. But unlike the NUC 12 Pro, which is powered by Core-P processors, GEEKOM allows consumers to choose more powerful 45W Core-H processors.
The model also features two 40Gbps USB4, three USB3.2 Gen2, one USB2.0, two HDMI 2.0, one 2.5Gbps Ethernet, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The mini PC supports three drives and can display video on 4 screens at the same time.
Offering the same feature set and equivalent performance, the GEEKOM Mini PC is about 30% cheaper than its Intel counterparts. For example, the Mini IT12 with Core i5-1240P, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD sells for $499, but the NUC 12 Pro with the same specs sells for $639.
The Mini IT11 is basically GEEKOM’s version of the NUC 11 Pro, while the MiniAir 11 is the perfect alternative to the NUC 11 Essential. However, if you are already eyeing the next generation of portable computers, it is important for you to know that the GEEKOM Mini IT13, equipped with the same 13th generation processors as the NUC 13 Pro Arena Canyon, should hit the market in September.