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.
Summary: Love these little computers. Paired one up with an Intel 6235 Dual Band Wifi/Bluetooth Half Height Mini PCI Express card, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 32Gb mSATA SSD, and a 24" widescreen touchscreen monitor to create a Win 8 PC in our kitchen for streaming music and cooking. Music streamed via Bluetooth to an audio receiver from local network shares or Spotify. This can be a great option where you need a powerful computer in a tight place.
and often are plagued with the failures and bugs you'd expect from a computer that feels like it came out of the $
Matthew N, Amazon
15 July 2014
Summary: These devices are solid, as anyone who has ever picked up a micro pc of any type knows.. most devices on the market just feel cheap, and often are plagued with the failures and bugs you'd expect from a computer that feels like it came out of the $.50 machine at the local grocery store.
Summary: i got this with the sole purpose to run in spare bed room on the tv there, only used once in awhile. so i got to wondering how well it would run wow. on timeless isle at 4:30 pm on a monday. this nuc after some tweeks ran @22 frames a sec. this is playable to me not much hreky jerking colors slightly washed out. tv is a 42 lg. over all a nice surprise being it was out of the purchasing criteria. netflix being the objective which it does well. JH ps.
Summary: My review of the Intel NUC ( Next Unit of Computing ) system I recently purchased. Just for background purposes, I did try really hard to make the latest version of Raspberry Pi with licensed codecs work for this; it was close to making the cut but just fell short. I loaded XBMC on the Pi which worked great as long as you're streaming compressed content i.e. m4v ( I started down the Apple route first and I'm quite happy with sticking with m4v ).
Mikey Likes it Ironically "low-level java guru", Amazon
11 June 2014
Summary: I built this for a general use PC for my mother-in-law. In that use, with 4GB RAM with Windows 7 64-bit, and a Crucial M500 120GB mSATA drive, the bottleneck is the CPU (which I was aware of in purchasing this specific unit). As such, I am very happy with this unit (as is my mother-n-law, which is where it really counts).
Summary: No problems and I've run Windows 7 Pro on it and now I'm running openELEC and xbmc 12:03. Setup was easy and It has enough ports for mouse keyboard and remote control. Thinking about buying the i3 version next.
Summary: Once you have the drivers down loaded from Intel, the device is much faster than expected. Not a bunch of bloatware loaded as in many manufactured devices. Hangs on back of most monitors makes for very clean desktop install, made adapter for wall mounted monitor, to have extra VESA mount, works well.
Summary: I'm running OpenElec and XBMC off of a 16GB flash drive plugged into the back usb port and a single 2GB memory chip installed. All my media comes off the network(ethernet) from a NAS. No hard drive was required. Yes, you have to buy your own power cord. No, it doesn't use the standard 3-prong trapezoid-ish connector that most desktop computers uses either. It uses a three prong "mickey mouse" type connector that is generally found on laptop power supplies.