Why Mini PCs are Ideal for Government & Education
Traditional digital technologies are being replaced with more powerful and compact solutions, and the same is seen with PCs. Over the past few years, the popularity of the mini PC has skyrocketed, and its market size is projected to grow more aggressively in the upcoming years. According to technavio.com, mini PC market revenue is expected to increase to USD $19.83B from 2021 to 2026, and the market’s growth momentum will accelerate at a CAGR of 5.04%.
Today’s mini PCs offer the performance, capacity, and versatility needed to power a variety of government and education applications. With their small footprint, energy-efficient design, and the ability to be fully customized, mini PCs are ideal for:
- Government Agencies: Mini PCs serve as a complete computing solution with portability, expandability, and reliability that government agencies need to have secure and trackable end-to-end systems with scalable performance. In addition, complete customizability, small footprint, and ability to perform remote updates to rugged environments make mini PCs a go-to computing device for government and military agencies.
- Education: Mini PCs allow educational institutions to enhance their learning experiences with optimal engagement. Whether they are utilized for classroom technology, Zoom Room collaborative hybrid learning, labs, libraries, or campus digital signage applications, they offer a better experience for students with their cool and quiet operation. And deployments and maintenance are facilitated by portability, simplified upgrades, and remote management.
Mini PCs serve as the superior alternative to tower-sized PCs or laptops for many usages in educational institutions and government agencies that need compact and powerful computing solutions. Let’s explore the key attributes of mini PCs that make them the best choice.
Three Key Attributes of Mini PCs for Government & Education
Since educational and government institutions are highly dependent on stationary computer-based technology, traditional tower-sized PCs have long been their only choice. However, technology is now reshaping with the emergence of compact mini PCs and small form factor computing devices. Below are the three key features of mini PCs that make them ideal for government and education applications.
1. Small Footprint
Due to their small size, mini PCs allow you to achieve more with less. By leveraging a mini PC for your computing applications, you can experience a surprising level of performance in a sub-liter sized package. They are designed to run on your choice of operating system (e.g. Windows, Linux, Android, etc) and are versatile enough for any computing task.
Mini PCs require less physical space and are significantly light in weight compared to other computing devices, which helps to increase portability, elevate compute density, and minimize compute footprint. Depending on the specific application, mini PCs can easily be hidden behind monitors, mounted under desks, or attached to walls via DIN rails, zip ties, or VESA mounts. Mini PCs are also easy to upgrade, while the ease of adding features to devices and the ability to deploy more devices allows you to scale up your technology rapidly. All these aspects of mini PCs make them optimal for government and classroom environments that are always in search of compact, effective, scalable, and cost-friendly computing solutions.
2. Energy-Efficient Design
- Less Energy Consumption
Mini PCs are designed with mobile technology and consume a small amount of power compared to a full-sized PC or laptop. In fact, a mini PC saves up to 50% power compared to a similarly configured desktop tower. Due to less power consumption, they can provide the same level of performance and productivity at a fraction of the operating cost compared to tower PCs.
Less power consumption does not compromise computing capabilities. Mini PCs integrate powerful processors that provide the same or even better performance compared to a traditional tower PC or laptop. The 4”x4” Intel NUC 12 Pro “Wall Street Canyon” features Intel 12th Gen Hybrid Architecture CPUs and Iris Xe Graphics, along with support for up to 16TB storage and 64GB DDR4 memory while running your choice of Windows or Linux. All these performance attributes are similar to what you can get in a full-sized tower PC, but the energy consumption is significantly less.
- Less Heat
Mini PCs also generate much less heat, even during heavier workloads. Less heat means lower electricity bills, especially in crowded PC environments, such as school libraries, labs, or government offices. A typical school lab comprises 20-30 computer systems in a small classroom. A single desktop PC consumes 60-200 Watts of power on average and the overall energy consumption can increase with more heat generated in the lab. Compared to a traditional desktop PC, a mini PC consumes 20-50 Watts of electricity which means significantly less overall heat is created resulting in a more comfortable environment for the students or employees, and lower energy bills.
- Less Noise
Mini PCs also feature super quiet operations with minimal fan noise, making them best for noise-sensitive environments. Low noise environments lead to more pleasant working conditions and higher productivity. Fanless mini PC options are also available for industrial or rugged environments. Both the Tiger Porcoolpine and Cypress Porcoolpine, deliver more reliable computing performance and innovation for small spaces without the use of a blower or a fan.
3. Completely Customizable
Organizations of all sizes around the globe have turned to mini computers to increase ease of PC deployments, usage, and maintenance. There are very few limits as mini PCs provide a full range of processor options. In addition to choice of processing capabilities, mini PCs are easily customizable when it comes to the memory, storage, communications, extra I/O ports, and OS you need. Simply NUC offers a convenient online configurator which allows you to fully customize your choice of mini PC for a minimum order quantity of one unit. Under normal supply conditions Simply NUC will build and ship to your order within 2-3 business days ensuring the latest fully-tested BIOS and drivers are installed. As a Titanium member of the Intel® Partner Alliance, Simply NUC takes the hassle and confusion out of the mini PC ecosystem and offers expert advice, testing, service, and warranty of systems, solutions, and accessories for a broad range of market segments.
Considering the world’s trend of more powerful and compact solutions, mini PCs have an extremely promising future specifically in the government and education sectors. Get in touch with us today and discover the right mini PC for you and your business!
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.