Great size, quiet as can be, but integrated graphics are terrbile
Matthew Jensen, Amazon
6 days ago
Summary: Just about anyone who has a working set of eyes is complaining about the graphics on these things. You can add me to that list too. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 on this little thing is a joke. If I had a chance to do it over again, I would have paid a little more and gotten the Gigabyte Pro/Gamer model with the separate GPU installed on it.
Summary: Desktop towers? Laptops? heh, a thing of the past! This thing is one of the greatest pieces intel has ever come up with and I am not exaggerating. If you have a desk on which you work with your computer, have it be your home office or your media center or whatever is stationary - this little box is one powerhouse in a teeny tiny package that just sits there on the side, clearing so much space on your desk. Please note that the pictures shown are greatly enlarged.
Summary: Put it to work with 8Gb of memory and an SSD msata drive and used it as media center. This thing flies, boots windows 8 in about 8 seconds and is perfect for what I need from this box (mostly browsing, streaming and photo editing). Of course, it lacks real graphics power for any real gaming, but that's to be expected from the intel graphics. Only problem I had was with the network driver.
Summary: I have not been this happy with a new piece of tech in at least a decade. Silent Low Power 12V DC capable Almost fits in your pocket. This is the heart of a new "Tiny Elvis" media server I built a few months ago. I also use it for doing Web & DB development at the same time, no problems at all, it could handle a lot more.
Intel dictates what software you can run on hardware that ...
15 September 2014
Summary: Intel dictates what software you can run on hardware that you purchased. They only support desktop operating systems and do not offer any drivers for server based systems. My next purchase certainly won't be another Intel.
Small, Potent, Expensive but worth it if you want a hidden machine
Charles Felker "Special K 42", Amazon
12 September 2014
Summary: I already had a micro tower haswell machine in my bed room that was plenty nice, but wanted something that I could take off the floor and hide away. I decided to pay the extra for this i5 NUC (vs the lesser models) and am not disappointed. I needed display port video out for my 1440p monitor (my microtower surprisingly only had hdmi and dvi single link).