The Morning After: Intel’s latest NUC mini-desktop is pretty powerful


As Apple’s new powerful mini-desktop, the Mac Studio, arrives, Intel’s very own series of tiny desktop PCs, the humble NUC, has reappeared.

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The NUC 12 Extreme is basically a slightly upgraded version of last year’s NUC 11 Extreme, which was notable for being the first of its kind that could fit a full-sized desktop graphics card. Now it has Intel’s hybrid 12th-gen desktop processors, which promise to be a huge upgrade over last year’s CPUs. The NUC 12 Extreme may not be as tiny as previous models, but it can fit in a full-sized desktop GPU. There is some groundwork you’d have to do yourself, like adding your own RAM, SSD and GPU, but it can also be easily upgraded over time. Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar was impressed. Read his full review here.

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The game’s almost 30 years old.

Earlier this week, Square Enix the Steam version of Chrono Trigger for the first time in four years. It adds support for 21:9 resolutions, “improved” D-pad controls and a handful of other quality of life changes. The addition of ultrawide screen support is particularly notable since it’s pretty rare. For instance, 2022’s doesn’t come with native 21:9 support.

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Think A series, not foldables.

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Because the company announced its own Studio Display.

Days after discontinuing the 27-inch iMac, Apple has also stopped selling one of LG’s UltraFine displays. If you visit the company’s website, it no longer lists the 27-inch 5K model that retailed for $1,299 before its removal. LG has seemingly stopped selling the monitor as well, with its website indicating it’s “out of stock.”

Unsurprisingly, the 27-inch model’s removal from the Apple Store comes in the same week Apple announced its new Studio Display. Starting at $1,599, the monitor features a 5K retina panel with P3 wide color gamut coverage and 600 nits of brightness. It’s also 27 inches.

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We dive into the iPhone SE, M1 Ultra and Mac Studio.

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In Friday’s episode, Cherlynn and Devindra dive into all the news from Apple’s first 2022 event. They talk about the iPhone SE, the new iPad Air and discuss who exactly the Mac Studio is aimed at. Not to mention the latest on Android 12L, the Magic Leap 2 and fond memories of illicit filesharing services.

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