Intel NUC: Celeron, i3 or i5?

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I'm planning to buy an INTEL NUC for a 1-screen setup (maybe 2 in the future). I see you're offering a Celeron version, an i3 and an i5. Why should I go for each of those? Can I run every presentation flawless on the Celeron, or is an i5 needed for that?

I also have a question regarding the software. I'm planning to run Windows 8.1 on it. Should I use the native player (I have tried installing it but it doesn't work for me) or the chrome extension with auto startup on boot? What is the best, because chrome seems the easiest...

Thank you for your answer.

Jerre
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Hi Jeroen,

Regarding the Celeron, i3 and i5 player choice, it's all about horsepower.  If you are running static images - something that would be like a powerpoint presentation, you wouldn't need as much horsepower.   If you are planning on running videos, then you would want more horsepower.  If you are going to run multiple videos, live updating widgets, flash animations and so forth (especially at the same time) you would need even more horsepower.  If you don't know exactly what your future needs might be you might consider getting more horsepower just in case.  It really depends on what you are doing.

Keep in mind that many media players while having 2 video outputs are actually cloned outputs and don't give you the ability to have different content on two displays - the content would be the same.  So if you plan on expanding and having 2 screens and plan on something different on each one, be sure to check that with the media player provider before purchasing.

Finally, Windows 8.1 with the Rise Vision Chrome Application is the current best practice for that set up.

I hope that helps!
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Ray,

Thank you for your reply.

Do the NUCs in the store offer the function to show different presentations on different screens with one NUC running win 8.1 Chrome app?

Jeroen
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Jeroen,

Some do, most don't.  Please make sure you confirm this with the vendor before you purchase it!