The Intel NUC: The case for the NUC in the workplace

When you first see the NUC your reaction might be that it's meant only for the PC enthusiast.  A home theater PC or a home server is what it's for, you might say.  But the NUC is capable of becoming so much more.  Thinking about different ways to use a NUC it's easy to see how nicely it fits into a business environment.  How many times have you gone to a business, been standing at their reception counter, and been faced with the back of a tower PC with a hydra-like bundle of wires coming out of the back?  These days nearly all businesses need a PC or some kind of interface at their front desk, and like it or not a messy PC setup on the desk isn't very professional.

Enter the Intel NUC: at 4 inches square it is just plain tiny.  Set it on the desk and most customers aren't likely to even notice it.  Pair it with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you have a very clean setup.  Even better, mount it to the back of a monitor and most customers will never know it's there.  You get the best of both worlds with the NUC: it's out of site AND offers plenty of computing power.

I was at my doctor's office a couple of weeks ago.  In the examination room they had a mini PC and monitor strapped to a rolling cart.  They had to be able to access and input information for their patients and this seemed to be the only option.  Honestly it looked pretty bad; cables snaked around the stand, held in place with zip ties, and the PC (about 12 inches square) strapped to the bottom.  Watching the nurse drage it around I could see it wasn't her favorite part of the job.  A NUC would simplify this so much.  It's smaller and lighter, and can be mounted on the back of the monitor instead of several feet down from it.

Schools are another area where the NUC can really shine.  These days most schools, from grade school through college, have computer labs.  They usually consist of several tower PCs connected to monitors, and most of the time they look like someones' garage LAN party.  Space is at a premium and there are cables everywhere.  Now think of that lab with NUCs instead.  No table space taken up by towers or desktops, no cables everywhere, just rows of monitors with NUCs on their backs.  Installing them is a breeze, moving them is just as easy.  All the benefit of anall-in-one PC setup without the lack of expandibility of most all-in-ons.  Need to add more memory to the workstations?  No problem. There's no need to crawl around on the floor opening towers, just pop if off the back of the monitor. 
And we're really only scratching the surface of the NUC's capabilities. Where would you use it?