Summary: purchased for use as OpenElec/Kodi HTPC. After reading several reviews of similar devices, decided this was the one for my needs. Minor caveat to others...READ the description carefully; "internal antenna for wifi" just means that it's WIRED for antenna, you still need the wifi module, ordered separately, along with RAM, USB drive for installation, hard drive (optional, IMO), and remote.
Summary: This system has a few issues. one the fan which is hidden is noisy. and the box overheats badly. i have to reboot the system because it stops working at least twice a day. but when its running it works great.
Summary: UPDATE 3/7/2015 I have returned this unit because the heating issues still persist although not as bad. Due to the heat, there is still a annoying high-pitched sound constantly emanating in my room, and every couple of days the unit will lock up. This is the first USFF (ultra small form factor) PC that I have ever owned that has had this many issues. All of the Zotacs (4) that I currently own have been running for years, and haven't given me this many issues.
Summary: Very satisfied for my HTPC setup. There are i3 through i7 NUCs available, but this specific NUC is more than capable.
Pros: This has been more than adequate for my current set up. I have it as my HTPC that has a dual boot setup with Linux Mint 17.1 and KODIbuntu (Helix). I also use it as a Plex media server to my Roku3 setup in KODIbuntu. I have it connected to a WD MBL where my movies are stored and is able to play the movies through Mint and Kodi. I was able to use OpenELEC from a bootable thumbdrive and 2GB RAM before installing ~120GB SSD without any problems. Movies are streamed from ...
Cons: Given that a barebones system requires tweaking, the biggest and most difficult thing to setup was the output sound from HDMI. I have it connected to my Sony receiver using HDMI and was not able to get DD 5.1 / LFE to output and display on my receiver from my MBL that I know are encoded for DD 5.1 / LFE. The NUC was able to send the audio when I was running OpenELEC, but not when I installed Mint 16. Once I had dual boot Mint 17.1 and KODIbuntu installed, only 2.0 cou...
Perfect for OpenElec HTPC use - even jumbo 1080p MKV files!
J. Danforth "Daguerreotypist", Amazon
21 January 2015
Summary: This is a device that you probably think won't be powerful enough to make a good home theater PC. I can assure you that the Celeron inside this inexpensive NUC has power to spare. I used this, an inexpensive and small SSD, a RAM chip, and a little power cord (not included) to build an HTPC using OpenElec 5.0.0. I am able to stream 30GB and larger 1080p MKV video files from my server with no problems.
Summary: Aside from them leaving out a power cable, which, is silly, I love this little guy and I'll see about buying another. Perhaps doing an i3, it could make a great steam box for streaming games from my big rig and be a great media center for Netflix and such. For day to day tasks, running lightweight Linux, probably any Linux, it works like a dream.
Pros: I love this little thing! Well, my grandma mostly. I got this little guy for her running Xubuntu 14.04. I love it because of it's size, it has the BEST BOX EVER (not even exaggerating, but this is subjective), it's silent, and very minimalistic. It was easy to install Linux too. No hassles, just install. Hardware installation was uber easy too and straight-forward.
Cons: No 3 prong power? Really? It'd probably cost you $0.30 and you could just charge us an extra $1-$2.
Summary: This is my second purchase (after building this little guy into a full-scale XBMC Media Center already) and now this one makes two in the house. These truly are a perfect, small form factor, powerhouse for your media center projects! (As always, purchase 2GB of the recommended RAM, an 8Gb Thumb Drive for your OS, and a mini-bluetooth keyboard if needed. Lastly, use an Ethernet cable for your connection.
and for a surprisingly small amount of money I had a perfect replacement for an aging computer that had started to ...
Markus Gutschke, Amazon
16 November 2014
Summary: I needed a small desktop computer in a hurry. For $6 extra, Amazon shipped me the NUC and all the needed accessories ( SSD , WiFi card , memory , power cord , USB drive , VGA and audio breakout adapter ) the same day. A few hours later, I had my new computer and installed Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (just download image file from the web).
Summary: I bought this to replace my Raspberry Pis that I had setup in my living room and my bedroom. I installed XBMCbuntu, and the dual HDMI output worked instantly. I wanted to customize the audio, because I have surround sound in my living room, but only the tv speakers in my bedroom. So I found a dual audio patch for XBMC that did just that, and it works perfectly now. I have also installed uTorrent, setup SMB and NFS shares all running in the background.
Pros: Dual HDMI output Quite under load Great for XBMC(XBMCbuntu, Openelec, etc.) Also great for Linux Cheaper than building a comparable mini-itx system
Cons: None really. It doesn't come with the power cord, but that's nothing major.
Summary: Bought this to use a Plex Server. At first I was a bit skeptical of buying a Celeron processor PC to run a media server with a 2 TB HDD. But I am very happy with the results. Media streams in HD streaming from a FiOS 15/5 network. It's on 24/7 and have had no issues until now. I used Ubuntu since it is more lightweight, compared to Windows and its free.