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Seems like a good idea, I just build them out to spec and they are suitable for business.
I would not buy such a product for professional use at all. Why on earth would you want to have RAM and SSD soldered on? I work at a company which does research, development and engineering and I can tell you that we would never buy such a thing. This is one reason why we would never buy any Apple notebooks.
So I wonder what kind of company you work at and why you'd want the soldered-on options. While for an ultrabook you could make the case for soldered-on stuff to make it smaller (as if this was the only important thing and unachievable otherwise..) it doesn't make any sense for the NUC's form factor.
I agree; RAM should never be soldered down and I would avoid purchasing a system that was configured this way.
Ignoring this attribute, I think that what Simon is getting at is that Intel should,
- Deliver more L10 systems (i.e. memory and storage and O/S installed and fully validated).
- Priority should be enterprise-class (i.e. supporting VPro features wherever possible and with Windows 10 Enterprise installed).
- These systems should have extended availability and warranties.
There are third-parties that already take the NUC kits from Intel and produce L9/L10 systems. Frankly, I am not sure that this isn't a better model (though item (3) is something that Intel has to support)...