This mini PC will limit your footprint without limiting your creativity

The Asus NUC Pro+
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When it comes to high-powered PCs, a lot of people have been conditioned to think that bigger is better. They can't let go of their affection for the giant box that contains all their games, documents, pictures and ephemera. You might assume a giant tower claiming a huge portion of the working real estate under your desk (or on top of it) is the cost of doing business for a top-flight PC, but that's not the case.

The Next Unit of Computing (NUC) series from Asus challenges those preconceptions. These tiny boxes pack enough power for anyone looking for a new computer, be it a gamer, a creator or someone just trying to save space in cramped living quarters. 

Four monitors and an Asus NUC Pro

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For Business

When looking at the NUC series, it's reasonable to immediately think of business applications. They're the optimal building blocks for diverse business requirements. With their compact chassis design, size simply ceases to be an issue. The Asus NUC Pro and Pro+ are small enough to hold in one hand but powerful enough to drive all your creative and business needs.

Featuring an Intel Core 9 processor, both of these computers offer tremendous flexibility internally and externally. The chassis is designed for completely toolless access, so you can upgrade these machines up to six times faster than previous models. These computers are also the first desktop PCs supporting Out of Box Experience with Bluetooth, which means you'll get an improved Bluetooth audio experience and easy connections to supported mice and keyboards. Finally, the guts of the Pro+ maximize every inch of its small footprint, boasting 16GB DDR5 RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD that keep the NUC speedy enough to move your projects along. Small size, not specs.

A gamer using a Asus ROG NUC

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For Gaming

The NUC isn't just for work, though. Asus's gaming brand has released the ROG NUC, a model built to save space and your squadmates at the same time. With an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor, GeForce RTX graphic card, 512GB of storage space and 16GB of memory, this computer brings the power, visuals and space that gamers need. The easy customization of the NUC series continues here, with three PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots available to build the storage library to suit your purposes.

Possibly just as important as the specs is how our gaming computers look — and this guy does not forfeit design. Whether horizontal or on the vertical stand, it conforms to your space. The computer features ARGB lighting with the ROG Armoury Crate to let you customize your new rig's lighting. The Aura sync software even lets you synchronize your RGB devices to create a bespoke light show to complement your game's mood.

The Asus NUC Pro+ during a teleconference

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For the Environment

And look, even if it's the last thing we're calling out here, we care about the environmental impact of our goods, and we all know that smaller devices are better for the planet. They use fewer raw materials and less packaging. Asus has taken pains to make sure these machines are environmentally conscious. These NUCs are AI PCs with NPUs built to handle AI tasks efficiently and even learn your power-consumption habits. Wi-Fi sensing and Intel-powered AI engines help keep your power bill low by tracking and adapting to your use.

It's not just about limiting your carbon footprint when you buy the NUC — it's also about the lifespan of your computer. The NUCs don't require any tools to repair, so maintenance is a breeze. Even with their small size, they're easily upgradable, so their performance is in your hands. Keep your output high and your usage down.

The Asus ROG NUC

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For Every Day

Don't let the size fool you. The Asus NUCs are powerful enough to handle any job you throw at them, whether you're using them to game, work or run your entertainment center. Tucked away or in a place of pride on your computer desk, these pint-sized computers will power your everyday needs and leave more room in your life for, well, the rest of your life.

Jacob York
Editor, Branded Content

Jacob York is a Branded Content Editor and Writer for Future, focusing on the Games and Tech verticals. Jacob's previous writing experience encompasses everything from award winning plays to websites about tree removal services. The tree removal website also won an award.

A native of Fairdealing, Kentucky, Jacob has made Atlanta, Georgia his home for much of his adulthood. In his spare time, he enjoys learning how to bake, spending time at a theme park with his wife, and doing "product research" by diving into a video game. A creative through and through, Jacob would like to take a moment to remind you to support your local Equity hiring theatre.