Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Efficiency, Durability, Risk Blockage

February 2021

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Technology is improving rapidly around us, and the world of computing is a perfect example. There are numerous older technology concepts that are being either phased out or replaced by newer ones, and one of these is known as the fanless PC design. 

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of Intel® NUC and other mini computer solutions, from mini PC kits to build-your-own mini-PC services and much more. We’ve helped numerous clients power their businesses with our mini PCs to save space and improve efficiency, including those who are looking for fanless options. 

What are some of the versatile benefits of fanless mini PCs, and what are some of the industries they’re commonly found in? This multi-part blog series will go over several areas to look at. 

Energy Efficiency

For many, the primary benefit of a fanless mini PC is their great energy efficiency. These computers come with processors that create far less heat than conventional computers – this is why more conventional types of computers tend to require fans.

Fanless computers generate less heat and consume less power while still providing fantastic processing performance to the device. This is one of the key reasons why fanless computers are often found in important industries like the medical world or various areas of industrial manufacturing: Better processing and energy efficiency means both improved speed of computing and lower costs.


Another major benefit of fanless computers is their durability and reliability, even in fairly harsh conditions that might otherwise cause computers to wear down quickly. The simple lack of a fan is one of the biggest components at play here – fans tend to build up dust and other debris over time, and may seize up as a result, plus often lead to vibration risks. 

Fanless computers, however, come with no such risks. Not only are there no fans, there are no moving parts whatsoever that experience these kinds of failures. The system removes heat from processors and other components passively, rather than requiring a fan for this. This means there’s no need for maintenance cooling either, which increases the long-term lifespan of the computer. 

Blockage of Internal Risks

In addition, fanless computers contain no risk of debris or other items being blown into sensitive components. With fanned computers, this can be a risk – some fans blow inward, sometimes bringing in dust and dirt particles that will build up over time. 

On top of eliminating moving components, the fanless computer simply removes the chances of any such debris entering in this manner. There is no fan opening for debris and dust to blow into, no matter which way air flows.

For more on the benefits of fanless mini PCs, or to learn about any of our computers or solutions, contact us today.

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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