Summary: These Intel NUC are the next best thing if you want a full size desktop for fraction of the size. We use these at our company to mount behind monitors and TVs. Easy to build and come in a cool Intel packaging.
Summary: I purchased this and was amazed at how good it is. So I bought one for my Dad for fathers day. I picked up both used/refurbished and am extremely happy, they are barely used it appears. Pros: - Smallest computer I ever owned, Its very attractive looking. - Smaller, Better Looking, and more affordable than a Mac Mini. - Its displays my wife's 27" LCD perfectly with a single HDMI. - Dual HDMI (For dual monitors), you can get a DVI to HDMI Adapter if you need one.
Summary: 22 watts under heavy CPU load via prime95 and 9.8 watts on idle. SSD AC WIFI 8gigs setup. Running windows 8 pro perfect on a 1080p 52 inch lcd screen. Perfect for HTPC or as a home security DVR something that is is on 24/7. Runs great and want to buy another for my work at home PC, that thing does 85 watts idle and since I work at home it adds up.
Summary: This unit is the perfect size for mounting to an LDC display to make a custom All-In-One system. I added a Logitech wireless mouse/keyboard to make my system only require two power plugs to operate. I also ordered a 1.5 ft HDMI cable to keep things tidy behind the monitor. Runs Windows 7 Ultimate very well.
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: I added 8GB of RAM, Wireless card and will soon be running an mSATA hard drive. Right now it's running XBMC (OpenElec) on a USB flash stick and works well. The mSATA HDD should increase the performance even more. This is a very powerful computer for home theater and digital signage. (Note: This core i3 model doesn't get really hot like the Celeron version does.
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.