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2022 Mini PC Gift Guide

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Mini PCs pack a lot of punch into a small package. With such a compact design, they are a more cost-effective and energy-efficient computer compared to traditional desktop towers or laptops. Small spaces require small devices and that’s where mini PCs come in handy by delivering the performance and power you need without taking up too much space. 

Don’t take the word “mini” to mean “underpowered” or “inadequate”. Thanks to the advancements technology innovators have made, computer components are now smaller yet more capable and energy-efficient than ever before. So, whether you’re looking to purchase a PC for an avid gamer, a professional content creator, or a busy student, there’s a perfect mini PC to suit their needs. Conveniently for you, we’ve outlined the best mini PCs for every user so you won’t have to. Take a look at our top picks below:

1. Best Overall Mini PC: Simply NUC Topaz 2

Topaz 2 checks all the boxes as it’s affordable yet very powerful. Equipped with new 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® Xe Graphics and your choice of DDR4-3200 memory and Gen4 NVMe drive, Topaz 2 delivers a polished experience for all types of computing tasks. No matter the application or workload, Topaz 2 offers up to 12 cores and 16 threads paired with the new Intel® Thread Director to run smoothly. Perfect for everyday computing, Topaz 2 has a substantial range of ports, providing a truly versatile experience. You will never be caught without the ports you need, thanks to the replaceable lid for I/O expansion on Topaz 2, with add-ons like extra HDMI or USB ports, or a quad HDTV tuner. 

Topaz 2 i7

Intel® Core™ i7-1260P
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Free OS installation
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$849
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Topaz 2 i5

Intel® Core™ i5-1240P
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Free OS installation
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$699
Promotional Price: $629

Topaz 2 i3

Intel® Core™ i3-1215U
Intel® UHD Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Free OS installation
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$599
Promotional Price: $539

2. Best Mini PC for Gaming: Intel® NUC 13 Extreme – Raptor Canyon

Powered by Intel’s hot-off-the-press 13th Gen 125W unlocked desktop processors in a whole-new 14L form factor, the Intel NUC 13 Extreme was built specifically to deliver peak performance for gamers. For the first time on an Intel NUC, Raptor Canyon can be customized with up to 64GB of DDR5-4800+ memory and up to 40TB of storage, opening the doors for gamers to play their favorite AAA games at the highest settings. As the highest performing NUC on the market, Raptor Canyon is mini, modular, and truly mind-blowing. Ideal for all types of gaming experiences, Raptor Canyon, set to ship out in Q1 2023 with advance orders now, is undoubtedly the best gaming mini PC available. 

Raptor Canyon i9

Intel® Core™ i9-13900K
PCIe x16 Gen5 triple-wide socket
8GB DDR5 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$2,199
Promotional Price: $1,979

Raptor Canyon i7

Intel® Core™ i7 -13700K
PCIe x16 Gen5 triple-wide socket
8GB DDR5 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$1,899
Promotional Price: $1,709

3. Best Mini PC for Businesses: Intel® NUC 12 Pro – Wall Street Canyon

Wall Street Canyon truly delivers a new generation in business computing. Designed specifically for all types of business applications, Wall Street Canyon provides groundbreaking efficiency with options like a tall or slim chassis and Intel® vPro technology for remote management (vPro SKUs coming Q1 2023). Featuring Intel® 12th Gen Hybrid Architecture CPUs and Iris Xe Graphics, Wall Street Canyon empowers businesses with revolutionary performance. Whether operating computationally complex serial operations for machine learning or executing multiple threads simultaneously, the all-new hybrid core architecture dynamically adjusts utilization of up to 12 cores to optimize performance to keep businesses ahead in the market. Lastly, Wall Street Canyon natively provides dual Thunderbolt 4 ports and four USB type-A ports to connect all the peripherals a business might need. 

Wallstreet Canyon i7

Intel® Core™ i7-1260P
Intel® Iris™ Xe Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$879
Promotional Price: $791

Wallstreet Canyon Slim i7

Intel® Core™ i7-1260P
Intel® Iris™ Xe Graphics
4GB DDR Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$879
Promotional Price: $791

Wallstreet Canyon i5

Intel® Core™ i5-1240P
Intel® Iris™ Xe Graphics
4GB DDR Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$749
Promotional Price: $711

Wallstreet Canyon  Slim i5

Intel® Core™ i5-1240P
Intel® Iris™ Xe Graphics
4GB DDR Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$749
Promotional Price: $674

4. Best Mini PC for Content Creators: Intel® NUC 12 Enthusiast – Serpent Canyon

Delivering what content creators want and need, Serpent Canyon provides striking performance at a striking small size. Featuring a new performance hybrid architecture and up to 20 cores and a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Serpent gives end users the power to create content and multitask without performance compromise. Designed to be discreet, the Intel® NUC 12 Enthusiast mini PC can be tucked into any office and set up vertically or horizontally. Lastly, six USB ports allow you to connect every accessory and two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports to download, edit, and upload stream highlights in an instant.

Serpent Canyon i7

Intel® Core™ i7-12700H
Intel® Arc™ A770M Graphics & Iris™ Xe
8GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$1,699
Promotional Price: $1,529

5. Best Mini PC for Students: Intel® NUC 10 Performance – Frost Canyon

College students need to minimize their footprint more than anyone. Dorm rooms are always small and you often need to pack up everything quickly at the end of each school year. A mini PC can be helpful for students, especially to those who prefer a desktop computer over a laptop, and Frost Canyon is the perfect option. It’s lightweight to fit into a school backpack, it’s tiny enough to tuck away in a desk drawer, and its $554 starting price point is appealing. More than just affordable and small in size, it also features Intel® UHD Graphics, Thunderbolt™ 3, DisplayPort, and HDMI capability, to deliver an optimal visual experience on up to three 4K displays.

Frost Canyon i7

i7-10710U
Intel® UHD Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$804
Promotional Price: $723

Frost Canyon i5

i5-10210U
Intel® UHD Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
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$679
Promotional Price: $611

Frost Canyon i3

i3-10110U
Intel® UHD Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
Promotional Price!
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$554
Promotional Price: $498

Frost Canyon Slim i7

i7-10710U
Intel® UHD Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
Promotional Price!
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$804
Promotional Price: $723

Frost Canyon Slim i5

i5-10210U
Intel® UHD Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
Promotional Price!
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$679
Promotional Price: $611

Frost Canyon Slim i3

i3-10110U
Intel® UHD Graphics
4GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Free OS installation
Promotional Price!
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$554
Promotional Price: $498

However, if after all of that you’re still undecided.
Why not really treat them this year, by picking up the perfect gift.
Simply NUC Gift Card

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories.

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