Summary: Great little machines. They've become the standard PC for the sales and operations people at my company. Compact, quiet, and mountable to the back of most monitors so you can keep desks free of clutter. Have had one NUC out of about 15 so far with some issues out of the box but it looks like that was most likely bad ram.
Pros: Small, quiet.
Cons: Biggest downside is too few usb ports. The newer model NUCs have fixed this.
The NUC is great but I love the box it came in better
Brian Huntsbarger, Amazon
14 February 2014
Summary: The box it came in was completely better than the actual computer itself. You open it and it makes the Intel chime from the commercials. I actually hid it in my drop ceiling so at work when someone turns on the light in the room the sound plays :) Worth Every penny!
Summary: This unit does not include a power cable, a hard drive, or memory. That being said, lets continue. I had been looking for a decent item to replace my Boxee Box for a long time. Finally I came across the NUC and OpenELEC. I bought a Crucial m4 64GB mSATA SSD, a stick of Corsair 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 1333MhZ memory, a Windows MCE compatible IR receiver, and a Logitech Harmony Smart Control Remote and Hub.
Summary: Would be nice if the fan wasn't running all the time, but it is still reasonably quiet. Definitely not a gaming computer, however not my intended use. The fact that the cable is not included is not good, not so much because of the price. Mine arrived days after everything else had arrived. Would have gladly traded the silly speaker in the box for a power cable. The first piece to arrive was not the NUC, but the SSD.
Summary: I build systems for many clients with offices from 5-20 stations. They need Windows, Office, Internet, and a couple of company applications. These Intel NUC units really fit the bill, to replace their 5-8 year old pc's.
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.