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Intel has presented a new range of products within its family of NUC (Next Unit of Computing) devices, although this time they are moving away from the compact PC scheme known to the vast majority so far. Of course, that does not mean that they have taken a tower like any other on the market.

What Intel has done is make a laptop. One that they are not going to sell directly, but the idea is to offer it to small manufacturers so that they pay for their brand and distribute it to all those interested users. Thus, it could be said that these would be able to compete with brands such as Dell, HP or Asus among others, which take a large part of the sales with very popular proposals.

Of course, beyond the strategy, what do these new Intel laptops offer? Let’s see it. The new ones NUC M15 are very attractive at the design level. With an aesthetic of fairly straight lines, the general finish of the device seems to be at a very good level. Although the best thing is that it escapes from those riskier lines of gaming proposals and, above all, from all that extravagance that the excessive use of RGB lighting supposes.

However, in aesthetic matters each one will have to assess what they think. Something quick just by looking at the images of the product itself. So let’s move on to how interesting the specs are.

As NUC, the team seeks to maintain a good balance between performance and final price (although again it will depend on the brand that finally distributes it and not on Intel itself as such). To begin we have a 15.6-inch screen with IPS technology and 1080p resolution. Here little surprise, for some FHD it may already be a resolution that falls short, but it must be understood that a large number of current notebooks continue to bet on this configuration.

Regarding the processor there are two options, on the one hand there is the Inter Core i5-1135G7 and on the other the i7-1165G7. With both CPUs it is committed to a GPU or integrated Iris Xe graphics that will share the 16GB of integrated RAM. Thus, it may not be the most capable equipment for certain types of uses, but it is powerful enough to perform in a wide variety of scenarios.

For the rest, the Intel NUC M15 has Wifi 6 and two USB Type C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB A and an extra USB C that is accompanied by an HDMI output and the 3.5 mm headphone jack. So not bad either in everything related to connections.

Intel sees the wolf’s ears


The Intel’s new laptop NUCs are a striking proposition, although we cannot ignore if this is not a way to protect oneself from what is to come. In other words, Apple has begun its transition from Intel processors with x86 architecture to its own Apple Silicon with RISC architecture (ARM) and it will surely not be the only one.

Microsoft has also been experimenting with ARM for some time, and its Surface Go could be the first of many more products to come. In addition, other manufacturers, especially mobile phones such as Huawei, could see how to bet on their own Apple-style software to offer an experience where the concept of the computer really changes as such.

It is difficult to anticipate, but it is clear that Intel with Apple has lost an important customer and it could not be the last. The good news is that a new world of possibilities opens up for users.


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