Summary: I bought this from another outlet as a means of building a media center and part time computer I could hook up to my TV. The ugly truth be told, this is not a cheap alternative to others out there. By the time you factor in parts costs and your labor slapping this puppy together you can easily dump $500 or more. Even if you have the spare parts languishing in a drawer you've still go to fork out for the OS unless you plan on using Linux.
Summary: Building a small htpc and this case looked perfect. My only complain is the fact that they dont openly tell you that you'll need a extra laptop cable in order to hook into the brick they supply and that "Wifi/Bluetooth Antennae integrated into the chassis for ease of integration" made me assume wifi and bluetooth were already onboard. They weren't and now I'm waiting for the delivery of that card.
Summary: Installed 128Gig SSD. Will be fine one day, next day the drive is not detected. I have to physically remove and then re-install the drive. The unit then boots from the drive for a day until it disappears and I have to remove/re-install again. Moved on to an flash-drive with Ubuntu to avoid the problem.
Summary: Six Month Update Jan 2014: My first NUC was replaced by Intel. I leave my main computer on 24/7. The NUC would constantly reboot itself everyday--if it did not at least do that I would come in and the system was crashed. Intel tech support worked hard with me trying to solve the issue until we gave up and they shipped me a REFURBISHED one. I had to obviously start anew and reload everything (I put a new SSD drive in the new NUC).
Summary: Bad form Intel! Keep treating the customer like that and maybe some day you get knocked off the fence!
Pros: $50 Cheaper than Zotac
Cons: No Power cord...really, what kind of company sells a computer without a power cord? Since neither Zotac ID83, or this Intel show any support for Linux with either of these NUC computers, I am going to get the Zotac, because at least they care enough about their customer not to hose them out of a power cord!
Summary: I've ordered these a few times. However the past 3 times from Amazon I get the unit with the power brick but no cord to plug into the wall...Not sure why that is. Oddly enough the product's page is linked to the correct power cord. But I can't imagine Intel would sell these without the power cord. A bit bizarre.
Summary: I understood that the unit did not include memory and hard drive storage - but it said it came with the power supply. IT DOES NOT COME WITH THE C6 POWER CABLE FOR THE POWER SUPPLY (a very not so standard power cable carried at the local electronics stores). It does come with a wonderful little Intel chime when you open the box (sort of like a musical greeting card) - I can't imagine that having this device to play the sound when opening the box was more important than an...
Summary: Given that it's necessary to add memory, a hard drive, and an operating system (typically a free Linux or Windows 7) to this unit, the final cost will be in the $500-$600 range, which is expensive, especially compared to similarly specified laptops (e.g. Core i3, 8GB RAM, 500GB drive) that also come with an LCD display and a battery. Although of course a laptop will have a larger footprint.
Pros: + Small size + Good power CPU for this size + Decent memory expansion
Cons: - Expensive, especially compared to similarly specified laptops - only 3 USB ports, and they're not USB 3 - no discrete audio out - only available through HDMI
Summary: With so many other good reviews this box is still a good choice. Zotac is the only other real option, but they don't offer anything with this much horsepower (CPU/GPU). The ZBOXNANO-AD12-U is their best offering, and I'm sure it runs fine. I wanted a system capable of accepting 16GB of ram (8 is the max for the AD12). I will be using this Intel box to replace my cable DVR. I am running a Ceton cablecard tuner, the one sold here.
Pros: I agree with what the others are saying. It's small. It's responsive. I have 16GB of Crucial 1333 1.35v ram, 120GB Muskin SSD, and the only mini pcie wireless card NewEgg has, Intel Ultimate N 633ANHMW. It's not on the 'supported' list, but works. There are only 2 antenna wires and the card has 3 spots, it didn't seem to matter. Windows 7 and drivers installed with no issues.
Cons: I can't get into the BIOS. Each time I press F2 or F7 the system reboots. I was able to upgrade the BIOS via the Windows method, but that didn't fix it. I was in a chat session with Intel for 15-20 minutes and got nowhere. I called Intel at the recommendation of the first person. The second person tried the same things as the first for an hour. I already removed everything but one stick of ram to make sure it wasn't a hardware conflict. I tried a single 1GB stick of r...
Summary: ------------------------------------------- Update 8/24/13 To anyone considering this product, the Gigabyte Brix is now available, and it's superior to Intel NUC in 5 ways: 1. USB 3.0 2. Faster CPU 3. wireless card is included 4. power cord is included in the box! 5. lower price Gigabyte BRIX Intel HM77 Mini Booksize Barebone System - Black (GB-XM12-3227) ------------------------------------------- Original review: Intel quality in a super-small 4" x 4" x 2" form factor.