Conclusion: The Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is a neat little DIY kit that delivers Core i3 processing power in a form factor that fits in the palm of your hand. But it gets pricey once you add in all the necessary extras.
Pros: Ultra-small form factor. HDMI video output. Easy to assemble.
Cons: No USB 3.0 support. Price does not include storage or RAM. Lacks Ethernet port.
Summary: Intel has delivered a surprisingly attractive gadget in its Next Unit of Computing mini PC. Despite its exceedingly small size, performance is head and shoulders above all other mini computers we've reviewed over the years, regardless of CPU origin. It is most definitely not an Atom. This is due partly to the superior performance of the 3rd generation Core chip at its heart, and the much improved integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 does its part.