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?
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.
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