Summary: the ubuntu install was tricky just set bios to legacy the intel ssd i install workes great and i loaded it up with 16 gigs of ram, great for internet surfing and occasional fap marathon. the setup of the computer was really easy all you need is a small screw driver to screw in the ssd into the slot and to screw down ram took less then 3 minutes over all.
Summary: I installed this unit with a 120GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM running Windows 8.1. Results have been very good in my setup. It runs Windows 8.1 with ease. It's fast, boots quickly and handles most tasks. I use it mostly for XBMC but I've also used it to rip Blu-rays and CDs, play light games, capture video and other general tasks. I think as long as you don't try to play high-end games or run graphics intensive applications this computer works very well.
Summary: I chose 5 stars because the NUC is the absolute best device at what it does. It is not a shy performer, it hits hard and knows how to perform and when to perform. I'm using it as a HTPC for my home with XBMC and it works perfectly for movies, music, and tv shows.
Summary: A perfect little HTPC. I'd say - a next generation of it. It has enough juice to run everything , including 3D Blurays. It has major advantages over previous Intel Atom based HTPCs - it has a superior graphics, much lower energy footprint, very serious CPU compare to under powered Atoms.
Summary: I purchased the following items from Amazon for just over $600 including taxes and all: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit (with Dual HDMI, Gigabit LAN, Core i3-3217U, Model #DC3217IYE) Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 MT/s Memory Modules (CT2CP51264BF160B) Crucial m4 128GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive (CT128M4SSD3) Windows 8 (System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit) It took me just minutes to unpack and install the memory and SSD into the NUC box.
Summary: I purchased this to replace the numerous components in my AV cabinet, while giving me the multitude of streaming options that a proprietary media box would/could not. I have the machine loaded with Windows 8 and am running XBMC, iTunes, Amazon Unbox and Netflix with no issue. For optical media, i use a USB3 bluray drive. Though no powerhouse, it is quite capable of playing games at a moderate setting.
Summary: I believe the core i3 is a perfect balance of processing power and efficiency. Runs Windows Media Center perfectly while at the same time still has enough horsepower to rip a DVD to a QNAP Network Attached Storage (NAS). Sure. Pegs the CPU, but it works. Dead quiet. How we cut cable: We have an antenna in the attic (Antennas Direct ClearStream4 HDTV Antenna) that feeds a digital amplifier (4 Port Cable TV/HDTV/Digital Amplifier Internet Modem Signal Booster Internet AMP)...
Summary: In general, this is what I've been waiting for years. A small compact but powerful barebone PC. The Intel really made it out. A perfect box for HTPC or office/home desktop. I like it a lot. It does not come with any fan inside the box, so it runs silent but still manage the heat very well. Some small cons: if plug in wireless mouse/keyboard receiver, better use a USB extension cable or hub. Directly plug the USB receiver on to NUC may experience some interference.
Pros: tiny size, quiet, low power usage, compact, powerful, great graphic performance, best of barebone pc.
Cons: package does not include the power cord (weird marketing)