Most people tend to associate Intel with their chips, which, barring the recent debacle regarding the Meltdown-Spectre security issue, tend to do quite well. The company has been making moves to expand the products its known for, with the projects such as the Next Unit of Computing team, whose aim is to create the best possible intel embedded PC they can, hoping to make desktop computer as compact as they can be.

Intel’s Director of Product Marketing, John Deatherage (cool name, by the way), said that the goal behind the new intel embedded PC team was to create a cutting edge pc in a compact package. Deatherage says it’s a wonderful idea; to create something small but also moved computing forward into the future. Bold words, no doubt.

If the company’s recent release, however, is any indication, they’ve managed to do just that. Recently, the company released a new product from the NUC team, the Intel Hades Canyon, and, reviews have been positive, averaging at about 8/10. Which is good for the company, I think, as it lets them expand their horizons and become known for more than just processors.

The Hades Canyon is designed for performance, with an integrated AMD GPU, the Radeon RX Vega, working alongside a quad-core Intel processor. It’s also VR-capable. But should anything less be expected? It’s pretty standard for the newest rigs to boast high-performance specs with VR compatibility. Of course, most aren’t the size of a thick notepad.

But again, I digress, that is not what’s important. Well for now, anyway. What is important is that the Hades Canyon has been met with positive reception, with several reviews already out touting it as a technological powerhouse, or, at least, something worth your money, if nothing else. Some reviews are boldly calling it Intel’s most impressive embedded PC, with some making even bolder claims that it’s the most powerful PC of its kind available in the market.

Regardless, it’s clear that the Hades Canyon has hit the ground running, showing full well what Intel can do beyond making processors. It’s expensive, sure. But a lot of the more high-end PCs are, and not many of them are as small as this. It’s a good step forward for the mini PC market.