Summary: Well worth the money. Runs Autodesk Revit and Sketchup great.
Pros: Great performance for the price, small form factor.
Cons: Include drivers - downloading and installing the latest drivers is a great practice, but including a small usb key with drivers would have made initial setup much easier. Windows 7 does not include the NIC driver so you have to download the drivers from a different machine.
Summary: I bought this to replace an old Dell XPS laptop I was currently using as an HTPC. The laptop was beginning to struggle so I figured a dedicated HTPC might be a good option. I haven't had much of a positive experience with integrated graphics in the past but I heard good things about the new i5 with HD 5000 graphics so I decided to go with that option.
Summary: I had a bad experience with a tiny system from another manufacturer a few years ago so was a bit wary of another one. I've ordered a mini-itx mobo and a mini-tower case, but after the case arrived and it was almost as big as my fractal R4. About the same time, a cooworker bought a few NUCs for his team. 2 hours later I've RMAd the original order and bought NUC instead.
Pros: I bought it for my parents as a replacement for a 7 year old shuttle. This thing is very tiny and runs almost silent. It is also heavy enough so that it sits solid on the desk.
Cons: Audio jack in the front (so if you want to plug computer speakers into the box, it won't look as nice). Can't think of anything else.
Summary: I purchased this machine to be a headless Plex Media Server for my house. I chose the Intel NUC over the MacMini. I purchased this 4 weeks ago for $329.99 for the cordless model. I already had a 32GB MSATA Samsung HDD I purchased 8GB of RAM for $70 http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-PC3-12800-204-Pin-Notebook-CT2KIT51264BF160B/dp/B005LDLVAO/ref=pd_cp_pc_0 The installation of the RAM and HDD was simple. Drivers are easy to find and it was a breeze to setup.
Summary: I was a bit worried about having to make an OEM OS install on USB since I thought there wasn't a way to hook up anything but a USB CD drive. However, when you open the unit there is an SATA Port as well as a male SATA Power connector. So female to female sata power and sata cable and you can use your DVD drive while setting this up and remove it when done.
Pros: Very small form factor, runs Windows 8.1 Pro fine, includes monitor mounting hardware. Just add ram and a micro drive and good to go.
Cons: Intel's motion sensor packaging. The packaging/display box this comes in has a motion sensor that plays the Intel sound when you open it. First time cool, but the 20th when driving down the road to deliver this to a customer gets old. Just imagine a landfill full of these.
Summary: I loaded Win 7 x64-SP1 and all the drivers from Intel's website. Make sure you update the Bios also. Works great and is smaller than I thought it would be...about 3 iphones stacked on top of each other. However, it took me a while to get the OS loaded because the SATA power connector on this board did not have enough power to run my sata dvd drive (wouldn't open the drive door) and I tried 2 different drives.
Summary: Very surprised by the NUC. I use it for daily surfing and streaming. 8GB Corsair, 120GB mSATA. No wireless card as it will always be connected to the router. Time of hardware install and OS(Win 8.1) took all less than 15 minutes. Paired it with the Logitech K400r with no issues. Was able to change BIOS settings right off the bat. Love that i can hang it behind my TV. This is really simple and i hope the way of the future.
Summary: This little computer has exceeded my expectations and is quite as can be, I have it mounted behind one of the 2 monitors I have hooked to it and haven't heard the fan on the processor yet. I hooked a Plugable 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter hub up to it so I had available USB out in front.