Summary: This review is for the NUC DC3217IYE w/ Intel i3. Love the small form-factor. Now that we have a new replacement for the failed unit we'll put it back online and see how long it lasts this time. Hopefully the first failure was a fluke and not a design problem.
Pros: Worked great for two months, Small, silent, fast enough for our application. Love the tiny form factor.
Cons: Died after two months. Intel support web site was a huge circular navigation pain and a dead end, as it could not identify this product, so the only way to get an RMA was to do the live chat.
Summary: I obtained this through a trade of other parts that were taking up space. I'm glad I didn't waste any cash purchasing it. The fan is noisy (think cheap laptop fan whine). I wasn't happy with the results by adjusting speeds in the BIOS, so I did a lot of tuning with speedfan, which helped. It's still too noisy for a bedroom HTPC slave.
Pros: It's small and will mount out of sight behind tv/monitor.
Cons: Hot, noisy, underpowered and expensive for what you get. New tech but lacks USB3.
Pros: I needed a really small device to be placed in a small room that only had a small area under the cabinet so this was perfect. I picked up 16gb of ram and a 180gb drive and installed win 7 pro without any issues. It's been working great and would boot in less than 30 seconds.
Cons: Then the until wouldn't boot. I powered it off a few times and it eventually booted, but the next time I turned it on nothing. Tech support asked to remove the cmos battery connector and nothing. Removed all ram and drive and nothing. Tried to force it to boot into bios and nothing. Device is dead. Spent the next 3 hours (hung up on twice and sat on hold for up to 30 min each time) to get an RMA.
Summary: I really wanted to love the NUC, it's beautiful little square. It's fit and finish are top notch. It's incredibly easy to open and install the mSata drive and wireless card. The lack of USB 3.0 is a small bummer, but not that that big of deal for me. The power cable thing is annoying, and unless you read reviews, you really have no way of telling it doesn't come with it.
Summary: Intel includes a VESA adapter, and a box that plays the Intel jingle when you open it... but doesn't include the power cable for their product? Stupid! I hope that the next version of the NUC irons out the wrinkles. Better ventilation, cooler-running processors, and a friggin' power cable would be helpful.
Pros: Small, fast, UEFI BIOS, 2 HDMI outputs, easy access to interior and easy assembly.
Cons: No power cable, heat issues, mSATA cards still rare and in limited supply.
Summary: I really wanted to like the NUC, I love the way it looks, the fit and finish, I don't even care about lack of USB 3.0 or the high price. The processor and graphics would be perfect for my HTPC setup, were it not for the crippling bugs listed above. These are well documented on Intel support forums, and they have been promising a BIOS update for weeks to no avail. Would stay away from this generation until everything is sorted out.
Pros: Size, finish, silent, fast, easy to open and install hardware
Cons: Cannot access bios on a variety of monitors, LAN issues caused by overheating when wireless card is installed, HDMI dropping when coming out of sleep.
Summary: As others suggested, to make this system complete I've spent almost $600 dollars plus more if I account for shipping the components and my time looking for power cables, drivers, putting on the antenna wires, blah blah blah. I really wanted to love this system, but all of the annoyance really got to me, I honestly expected so much more from Intel. I have always used mini PC as my hobby, HTPC, and side projects.
Pros: 1. Box makes the "intel" sound when you open it. 2. Small and powerful. 3. 2 HDMI output 4. Nice Graphical BIOS
Cons: 1. No power cable included, I wish Intel could of spend the money on the power cable instead of the "Intel jingle" sound device when you open the box. 2. No WIFI, I took out my laptop mini PCIe WIFI card and installed it into the NUC.. and the system would not even turn on! Waste my time looking for a mpcie card online and finally got wifi 2 weeks and $80 later. Also it was not the easiest install connecting the tiny little antenna wires on the little mPCIe card. 3. R...
Summary: Setting up the machine was very simple. There wasn't much to adding the memory and mSATA SSD. Once Windows 7 was loaded, I found out that there were no NIC drivers. Those had to be downloaded from Intel and installed from a USB drive. That's not a deal breaker, just a pain. The real problem with this machine is that the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 card are not compatible with the Directv2PC application.
Pros: Compact size Minimal power consumption HDMI 1080P output
Cons: No Windows 7 NIC drivers Limited storage options Does not work with Directv2PC
Summary: Haft den ca 6 mÃ¥nader. KÃ¶r Windows 8 och Ã¤r vÃ¤ldigt nÃ¶jd! Har bara positiva erfarenheter fÃ¶rutom en riktigt irriterande. MÃ¥ste starta om den varje gÃ¥ng man skall anvÃ¤nda den dÃ¥ den tappar HDMI-ljudet nÃ¤r jag stÃ¤nger av receivern. PÃ¥ Intels forum kan man lÃ¤sa att det verkar vara mÃ¥nga som upplever detta problemet. Synd pÃ¥ en annars fantastisk liten sak. FÃ¶rdelar: Liten, Snygg, Snabb, Tyst. Nackdelar: Tappar HDMI ljud enhet, Ingen optisk ljudutgÃ¥ng.