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This review is from: Intel NUC Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK kit with 6th gen. Intel Core i7 processor, M.2 SSD Compatible, Dual DDR4 Memory Max 32GB with Intel Iris Pro graphics, Thunderbolt 3, No OS, Windows 10 Compatible
Pros: Fast and small. Easy to assemble.
Cons: Wifi and Bluetooth are soldered down meaning they can't be upgraded.
Other Thoughts: Here is my build(All from NewEgg):
N82E16856102166 - Intel NUC Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK kit with 6th gen. Intel Core i7 processor, M.2 SSD Compatible, Dual DDR4 Memory
9SIA2F83UN1530 - Crucial 32GB (2 x 16G) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Laptop Memory Model CT2K16G4SFD8213
N82E16820148956 - Crucial MX200 M.2 Type 2280SS (Single Sided) 500GB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) Micron 16nm MLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT500MX200SSD4
N82E16824236399 - ASUS PB287Q Black 28" 4K UHD 1ms 10-bit HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor height&Pivot adjustable 300 cd/m2 100,000,000:1
Some other notes:
1. I was having issues with an unstable display from my monitor when connecting through the display port. I swapped out the display port cable and the issues went away. This is the first time I've seen an issue like this be a cable, so if you are having display issue check that your using a newer cable.
2. When I ordered this, I wasn't happy about the skull logo for various reasons, so I was happy to find out that the box includes a alternative cover without the logo. Swapping the cover was easy. Something to keep in mind if you are using the NUC for business reasons or have a personal issue with it.
Final note, is that I wouldn't use this solely to display HD movies. It's too noisy and way over kill for that. One of the i3 or i5 NUCs would probably be better for that. It does make a great productivity box and would be good for casual gamers.
Pros: 1. Fast
3. Works with both M2 and 2.5" hard drives.
4. Bluetooth and Wifi included
Cons: 1. Fan is audible.
2. Bluetooth and Wifi are soldered down.
Other Thoughts: First, I'll start with the components I used.
N82E16820148956 - Crucial MX200 M.2 500GB SATA
2 x N82E16820148733 - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
OS - Debian Linux SID
With these components, the NUC is about 2 times faster for compiling applications then the i5 based NUC I bought about 3 years ago.
The NUC is fast and compact, but as I mentioned on the default BIOS settings the fan is audible so if you want this to watch movies on you are probably better off getting the i5 or i3 based NUC.
The other main disadvantage is that the wireless is soldered onto the board. This means that the wireless can't be upgraded. This is a big minus for me and why I took off an egg.
As is typically, the NUC shipped with the first release BIOS. So one of the first things I did was flash the BIOS with the latest off the Intel website.
Pros: 1. Fast compared to other devices in the same price range.
2. Very detailed configuration options. Policies and be easily applied to arbitrary combinations of machines on the network.
3. L2TP for native VPN support for iOS/OS X.
4. Lightweight DNS server builtin for those with a small number of devices on the local network with a hardcoded name and IP address.
5. Fan speed control. Fan will stop if the device is not busy.
6. Outstanding online documentation available for download from the manufacture web site.
7 Even though the complexity of the device is high, most of the features actually work as advertised or the way you would expect them to work.
Cons: 1. The actual AV throughput is nowhere near the advertised throughput.
2. The learning curve is a bit steep due to the complexity of configuration.
Other Thoughts: I'm a power home user that bought this to protect the local network and for occasional connecting to home via VPN through a smart phone or laptop. This device was purchased to replace a 2 year old UTM of a different brand. In general I'm very happy with the new device.
I have 100mb/s cable at home and I bought a higher end device since very few of these UTM devices can do anything close to full network speed. The USG110 is very fast in general to the point that I can saturate the cable connection with all the protections turned on including content filtering, but with anti-virus turned off. With AV turned on, the device typically gets about 30-50mb/s which is nowhere near the advertised speed of 250mb/s. This is a bit disconcerting, but the USG110 is still about 2 times faster then my previous UTM at a fraction of the cost. It's also very easy to exempt some machines from AV protection or disable AV when occasionally downloading large files.
The fan speed control is a huge plus. As mentioned, the device will put the fan into low speed or even stop it if the traffic is low. This is great for the home or small business environment as excess noise can be a real problem.
Finally, I would like to mention that like most UTMs content filtering can remove many of the annoying ads from web pages that slow things down.