Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

131 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 8

Topic # 145338 15-May-2014 12:14
Send private message

I have a client who want to deploy a fairly grunty workstation, not including peripherals to some remote sites worldwide. And I mean remote, New Guinea and such places. They are an oil/oil exploration company, so the builds have to be fairly rugged. They apparently don't want laptops, and being an oil company, have tons of cash. They want fairly beefy devices, but small. I have thought about the latest Intel NUC D54250WYK, which is a core i5 and seems pretty decent although I am a bit iffy about the graphics oomph with these SoC's. Anybody had any experience with this? They won't be gaming or cadding or video transcoding, but may be using mapping software/GIS, etc. They want 128 GB ssd's and 8 gigs of RAM. OS has to be Windows. Any suggestions or input?


Create new topic
2162 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 653


  Reply # 1045523 15-May-2014 13:07
One person supports this post
Send private message

Jenlogix might be able to help or point you in the right direction.

281 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 18

  Reply # 1045525 15-May-2014 13:10
One person supports this post
Send private message

Personally i think that any of the Intel NUC's with an i5+ for a CPU are fine. Have you thought about Gigabyte Brix? i don't know too much about them, but they seem good from what i have read too! :)

1508 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 213

  Reply # 1045532 15-May-2014 13:16
Send private message

Why don't they want laptops?
Surely something like the Panasonic toughpad or toughbook are going to beat out any non integrated solution?
The Windows 8 one should be a go surely.

Otherwise they also do MIL-SPEC laptops. 

You could probably get a decent small gaming case which is designed for transport and build it up from there, but the problem is screens are going to be fragile to transport.

Try Vultr using this link and get us both some credit:

4955 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1318


  Reply # 1045569 15-May-2014 14:29
Send private message
2382 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 694

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1045619 15-May-2014 15:43
Send private message

The Intel NUC's are great little machines.  How much graphics power do they need?  What are they running?

"4 wheels move the body.  2 wheels move the soul."

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” Douglas Adams

Infrastructure Geek
4056 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 195

Microsoft NZ

  Reply # 1045944 15-May-2014 23:38
Send private message

cash to burn, rugged requirement, i'd definitely be looking at the Panasonic or Motion options above.

1508 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 213

  Reply # 1050882 22-May-2014 10:07
Send private message

Gotta say, pretty impressed with the NUC. Just got one of the I5 D5450WYK ones at work. Seems pretty solid and takes a full sized SSD and up to 16GB RAM. Seems fast enough. Built nicely too and feels like it could survive in a backpack. Just need to get Micro HDMI or Mini DP adaptors with it. Still depending on requirements, it may be better to get something with a shock protected mobo and designed to take a pounding and keep on trucking rather than something that just feels solid but may not live with truly rough conditions.

Try Vultr using this link and get us both some credit:

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08

Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03

Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27

Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13

Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00

Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12

Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52 to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34

Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07

All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks arrives on Amazon Prime Video
Posted 2-Jun-2018 16:21

Innovation Grant, High Tech Awards and new USA office for Kiwi tech company SwipedOn
Posted 1-Jun-2018 20:54

Commerce Commission warns Apple for misleading consumers about their rights
Posted 30-May-2018 13:15

IBM leads Call for Code to use cloud, data, AI, blockchain for natural disaster relief
Posted 25-May-2018 14:12

New FUJIFILM X-T100 aims to do better job than smartphones
Posted 24-May-2018 20:17

Stuff takes 100% ownership of Stuff Fibre
Posted 24-May-2018 19:41

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.