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Intel Skull Canyon NUC NUC6i7KYK Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 8, 2016 1:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Intel

Packaging

 

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Intel's retail box looks different than the engineering sample box I received, but the retail box should have a similar black and gold aesthetic. Packaging is interesting; there are many layers inside the box, but everything is extremely well protected.

 

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Accessories include an AC/DC power adapter, non-Skull top cover, Allen-wrench for changing the cover, manual, and a VESA mounting plate with required mounting screws. The AC/DC converter is made by Delta and outputs 19v/6.32A which is roughly 120W max.

 

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Many NUCs and other tiny PCs have glossy finishes that easily pick up fingerprints. In this case, Intel is using a hexagonal texture on the glossy part making fingerprints less noticeable. The skull is quite nice in my opinion, but for those of you whose co-workers might be offended by the skull, Intel provides a plain top sans-skull. The six hexagonal bolts add to the aesthetic appeal of the product. The device has four large rubber feet to stabilize the unit on slippery surfaces. There is also an air intake vent on the bottom of the unit, and it's imperative that the bottom is replaced in the proper orientation for cooling, so Intel has indicated which direction is the front of the device.

 

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The front of the NUC has a power button, SDXH card slot, two USB 3.0 ports (yellow is fast charging), headphone jack (L+R+mic), and consumer infrared (CIR) sensor. The rear of the NUC has a blower fan exhaust vent, 19v DC power jack, headphone/optical audio jack (L+R+TOSLINK), RJ-45 Gbit Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, mini-DP 1.2 (supports 4K), HDMI 2.0 (supports 4K), and Type-C USB 3.1/Thunderbolt 3 port.

 

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While the ends of the device look similar, they are not, the air intake is only from one end. On the side closest to the Skull there is a Kensington lock hole, and on the other end is an air intake vent.

 

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When you remove the lid of the device to change it to the plain lid, you will notice a cut away with three ports. The details of these ports can be found in the product data sheet online. One port is for NFC expansion, one is for USB 3.0 expansion, and one is a general purpose port. In the future, I wouldn't be surprised to see the NUC used as a base station for a device that is secured on top. Of course, we have already seen the external GPU units that use Thunderbolt 3, so the NUC6i7KYK is already a base station of sorts.

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