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I'm looking for some advise. I'm not very techy and I know that some of you are very good at helping non techy people like me so thanks in advance for your help.

I travel quite a lot and I'm getting tired of lugging my Alienware laptop with me wherever I go, it's very heavy and counts as my personal carry-on.

Yesterday I learned about the Intel NUC [amazon.com] PC it's small and light. Every hotel I've stayed at has a TV with HDMI inputs and I already have a small wireless keyboard with a built in mouse.
My question is this, do you guys/gals believe I would be happier with a NUC or a Raspberry Pi?

I will use this for web browsing, email, KODI and some light gaming (Silent Hunter III). I would prefer use Windows OS. My games are not very demanding regarding video but since I tend to buy stuff with all of the bling, bells & whistles I am already near the decision to eliminate the RaspberryPi as an option but I don't want to make that decision without some advice from my only easily accessible resource, IE; You Smilie

Somehow being able to put a full PC in my coat pocket has become irresistible for me.

Please share your thoughts with me.
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I don't know about lugging a NUC around.

You might investigate using an Intel Compute Stick [intel.com].
They sell them on Amazon. Range is about $100 - $150 or so.
These run Windows.

I'm not sure about gaming on one of these.
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If you want to run Windows a Pi won't work for you. Even the Pi2 that runs windows isn't Windows like you know it.

That being said I think I would sell the Alienware and buy a smaller laptop, surface, etc.That would be more flexible as you would have a screen and more hardware power probably and you could take it anywhere. I don't think the NUC would be as convenient (Lots of cables) but probably work if it has the power you need.
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A NUC is not as convenient as you would want. After packing all the cables and the power brick in some cases you are looking at it taking as much space as that laptop (assuming you don't lug around a 17" one).

I would suggest looking into a tablet with HDMI out or a display port. It would fit what you need with the plus of using it on the go. A good number of tablets would out perform that NUC as well since you want to do some light gaming.

High end would be that new fangled Surface Pro 4 which appears to have impressive power behind it. Especially if you grab the one with the discrete Nvidia GPU. Not available until January and will cost something like $2000 I'm sure.

Other options would be a Thinkpad 8 (my personal favorite for the 8" tablets)
Surface 3 (costs a bit more than the Thinkpad but considerable bump in every way)
Surface Pro 2, 3 or 4. Full fledged high performing laptop right there.
Dell Venue Pro 11 (the Core M model). I like this one on paper since it is a Surface Pro in a smaller package.
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just get a small portable windows laptop or tablet/laptop hybrid.
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I'd also suggest getting a tablet or smaller laptop. More flexibility, and you don't have to worry about separate accessories (keyboard, mouse, power cord, etc...). Another benefit is that you can use it on the plane.

Although, the Pi2 is great with Kodi, I wouldn't be happy using it for web browsing and email. Gaming would also be limited. Some hotels also block the HDMI ports or have a remote with no input/source button which would make it difficult to use their TV for your uses.
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I don't think the Pi would be a good substitute for "light gaming/videos" in general - if you had specific formats/games that are known to run on the Pi (i.e. minecraft), but even then they aren't as smooth as they would be on semi-decent hardware (ala nuc or compute stick) - and Windows on the Pi isn't really windows
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Thanks everyone. I've decided to keep doing what I've been doing.

Sorry for the distraction.
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