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.
Excerpt: I purchased the NUC to replace the tablet I use when sitting in my recliner. I had a 11" windows tablet I used in place of a laptop while watching TV. It was always on so always plugged in. I purchased the NUC and a 10" Lilliput multi-touch monitor, now I can have a larger HD and more RAM and a much faster system. I do have to deal with two cords but I have LEVO Deluxe tablet stand so it isn't a problem.
Pros: All the connections options I could ever need, Easy To Set Up
Summary: I wanted to replace my parent's (and in-law's) computer with something modern. They were using very old computers with Windows XP, and were complaining about the slow speeds. They aren't computer savvy, nor do they do a lot with their existing computers, so I thought this was the perfect solution for them. I really wanted to get the Core i5 or i7 version, but I couldn't wait any longer because I'm flying out to meet them.
Great HTPC kit, make sure you order the right parts!
13 May 2013
Summary: Overall, this is a fantastic little PC that packs a punch - perfect for media center apps such as XBMC. Let's get the cons/warnings out of the way first: 1. The power cord (or lack thereof). As many other reviews have mentioned, this PC comes with a power adapter but no power cord. The cord it needs is the less common "cloverleaf" (also called Mickey Mouse due to the shape) that is sometimes found with small laptop adapters.
Summary: Small, quiet and the I3 Processor makes it quite zippy. With a wireless keyboard this makes a great HTPC that connects to a network or external storage. Built with 4GB of Ram and a small 32GB mSATA SSD running Windows 8. Would highly recommend. The quality of the unit is what one would expect from Intel. HD video works great. Price is reasonable.
Summary: Length:: 4:12 Mins See video for display of Intel NUC power... Pros: - Very very very zippy. - 100% silent from 10" away - Will play 1440p from YouTube NO PROBLEM! - Will almost play 4K from YouTube - Comes with VESA mount - Plenty power for the average user - Makes you question whether you need more computer Cons: - No frikin power cable included - Minus a star for that!!! - Rare clover style power cable - Only USB 2.0 but it's unfair to make that a con...