When it comes to small PCs, the Intel NUC is without a doubt one of the most well-known names. However, with fame comes high pricing, and an Intel NUC might be more expensive than its rivals. Users searching for a less expensive option to the new NUC 11 could look into the latest Beelink GTI 11.
The Beelink GTI 11 is at least $100 USD less than the Intel NUC 11 Panther Canyon when equipped with the identical Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 500 GB NVMe SSD, and a registered copy of Windows 10 Pro.
As of this writing, Amazon is offering the Intel NUC 11PAHi5 as a barebones kit for $559 USD without any RAM, storage, or operating system. Meanwhile, the Beelink GTI 11 with the exact same CPU can be found on the same website for $699 (or $659 USD after applying the coupon or even $610 on Banggood.com). The GTI 11 includes 16 GB of RAM, a 500 GB PCIe3 x4 NVMe SSD, and Windows 10 to be ready out-of-the-box.
Now, there are still many reasons to prefer the NUC over the GTI as our review here demonstrates. Some users may also already have extra RAM, storage, and a copy of Windows 10 Pro ready to go and so the Beelink model may look less attractive. If you want to save a good chunk of money on an alternative mini PC with similar specifications, however, then the Beelink is currently looking like your best bet.
If attempting to match the specifications of the Beelink with the Intel NUC, users would need to purchase 16 GB of DDR4-3200 SODIMM RAM (~$50 USD), a 500 GB PCIe3 x4 NVMe SSD (~70 USD), and a Windows 10 Pro license (~$120 USD). The final tally for the NUC 11 would be about $800 USD or over $100 more than the Beelink equivalent.