Summary: the ubuntu install was tricky just set bios to legacy the intel ssd i install workes great and i loaded it up with 16 gigs of ram, great for internet surfing and occasional fap marathon. the setup of the computer was really easy all you need is a small screw driver to screw in the ssd into the slot and to screw down ram took less then 3 minutes over all.
Summary: I am using this as a Ubuntu home server for doing some development for a website idea I am playing around with. I did have some problems choosing a distro because some seemed to struggle with the install, but once everything has gotten up and running, it has stayed on for the past 2 months with no downtime. Would definitely recommend this for an inexpensive little linux box.
Summary: Bought this and spent a night loading it up and getting win 8.1 loaded. Turned it on the next day and all it wanted to do was reboot. Went to the fora and they said to upgrade the bios and reseat the memory. After that it rebooted constantly, or maybe even didn't turn on. Called Intel and they would gladly RMA it. But after 16hrs of labor for what should have been 2hrs, it just wasn't worth it.
Summary: I installed this unit with a 120GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM running Windows 8.1. Results have been very good in my setup. It runs Windows 8.1 with ease. It's fast, boots quickly and handles most tasks. I use it mostly for XBMC but I've also used it to rip Blu-rays and CDs, play light games, capture video and other general tasks. I think as long as you don't try to play high-end games or run graphics intensive applications this computer works very well.
Summary: I chose 5 stars because the NUC is the absolute best device at what it does. It is not a shy performer, it hits hard and knows how to perform and when to perform. I'm using it as a HTPC for my home with XBMC and it works perfectly for movies, music, and tv shows.
Summary: A perfect little HTPC. I'd say - a next generation of it. It has enough juice to run everything , including 3D Blurays. It has major advantages over previous Intel Atom based HTPCs - it has a superior graphics, much lower energy footprint, very serious CPU compare to under powered Atoms.
Style over substance - no power cord, but the carton plays music! Bizarre!
Bruce Perens, Amazon
10 September 2013
Summary: Although this unit works just fine, I am giving it a "1" due to Intel's bizarre decision to not include a power cord, and then to use the money to include a music device that plays the Intel jingle when you open the cardboard carton. The AC adapter is included, just without a power cord. What a triumph of style over substance!
Summary: As with many other people, I was very excited at the prospect of using this as a tiny solution for playing all my movies and music on my HDTV/home theater setup. This is great execution form-wise--compact, quiet, generally runs cool, and still very powerful given what it gives up. The problem is that Intel's driver support renders this thing unusable for its biggest potential user base: those of us using XBMC for media management.
Summary: I purchased the following items from Amazon for just over $600 including taxes and all: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit (with Dual HDMI, Gigabit LAN, Core i3-3217U, Model #DC3217IYE) Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 MT/s Memory Modules (CT2CP51264BF160B) Crucial m4 128GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive (CT128M4SSD3) Windows 8 (System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit) It took me just minutes to unpack and install the memory and SSD into the NUC box.