Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Sterility, Noise, Shock Resistance

March 2021

In part one of this multi-part blog series, we went over some of the primary benefits of fanless mini PCs for a variety of industries. From their compact nature to several performance qualities that separate them from conventional PC options built with fans, these fanless mini PCs are a major asset in several different types of settings.

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer a huge selection of Intel® NUC and other mini computer systems, from mini PC kits to fully customized mini PC systems and much more. We’ve assisted a variety of clients with different small form factor compute needs, including fanless selections for those who require more rugged and industrial solutions. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few additional benefits that come with fanless mini PC options, plus some reasons why they’re required in certain specific industries.

Shock and Vibration Resistance

As we noted in part one of this series, the removal of the fan has several major impacts on the performance of fanless mini PCs compared to conventional types of computers. One significant impact: highly improved shock and vibration resistance.

Across a number of settings, including industrial usage, this quality is extremely important. There are many situations where you’ll see fanless mini PCs combined with military grade components to reach a high level of performance – situations where traditional fanned computing options will create too much vibration or will not resist shock well enough, leading to potential damage to the interior of the device.

Sterile Environment Safety

Whether we’re talking about food processing, a hospital emergency room or even pharmaceutical manufacturing, there are numerous settings where environments must be kept sterile. And for these types of settings, the fanless mini computer is an excellent option.

This is because you can easily combine these mini computers with an antimicrobial casing, in addition to the lack of dust circulation due to no fan-induced air flow. When properly enforced and sealed, this type of computer can even be cleaned and disinfected with liquid chemical solutions per CDC guidelines – again, another benefit you won’t get from most other traditional computing options. Finally, the simple lack of dust in these environments is a major plus on its own, as dust getting into the computer could  limit performance or even risk short-circuiting the computer.

Noise Limitation

Another major benefit of fanless computers is their virtually silent operation. There are certain settings where quiet is vital, such as operating rooms, intensive care units or even sound recording studios – and many of these environments require computers running. For these scenarios, the fanless mini PC is a great choice.

For more on the benefits of the fanless mini PC, or to learn about any of our other systems, solutions, or services, contact us today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories.

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