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: 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: ------------------------------------------- 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.
Summary: This seemed ideal to me as a HTPC, recording over digital cable and CableCard, but there appears to be a problem with the network card. Running at 1Gbps, the video in Windows Media Center pixelates really badly; it's unwatchable. If I fix the NIC to 100Mbps, though, then it works fine. That's really not enough bandwidth for recording multiple streams, though. *** UPDATE *** I've found a fix. Using a Plugable gigabit USB ethernet adapter, the pixelization is gone.
Summary: Please note the picture and description relate to a different product; DC3217IYE. The DC3217BY comes in a red topped case and has no ethernet port and only one HDMI port. However, it gains a Thunderbolt port. It's a fine enough piece of kit, so long as that's what you are expecting. Three stars (neutral), because there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the product, other than it's not correctly described.