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: This computer includes a third-generation, Intel Celeron processor and a motherboard running Intel's visual BIOS. It also includes 3 USB 2.0 ports, an ethernet port and an external power supply. What it does not include is the following: * Storage: You need an msata solid state drive. These typically cost $1 per gigabyte. * Memory: You need notebook memory modules. You can have up to two of these in your build. Make sure they are of the same make and model.
Summary: I'm running mint, and XBMC. My only complaint is it has a fan (which I missed when reading about it). There are other boxes with huge heat sinks, they should be quiter. The good news is the fan only runs when it needs to cool...
Summary: I found out that the drivers for Linux worked flawlessly. So I decided to wipe the drive and put Linux on the NUC. After Installing Linux and intel graphics drivers the system worked extremely well and felt even faster.
Pros: Small and easy to install. Great as a HTPC. Works Flawlessly on Linux Mint 15. Plays 1080p Video with ease.
Cons: First Installed Windows 7 and XBMC on the NUC. A lot of videos played well with the exception of VC-1 encoded videos. They were unplayable. After doing research found that it was the Intel Drivers for Windows. If you turned off the Video Acceleration (DXVA2) in XBMC, Video playback would work well. The problem is 1080p playback had some issues, although it played 720p just fine. I removed an egg because of Intel's lack of support on their own graphics card for windows.
Summary: I bought this tiny PC to use as a HD home theater PC (DVR). Initially, I tried it with just a small USB thumb drive running OpenElec XBMC. It worked great the first time out, but I wasn't happy with the TV recording integration -- even with a compatible MediaPortal back-end. I added the 64GB mSATA Lite On Plextor M5M PX-64M5M 64GB mSATA Solid State Drive and installed Windows7 with Windows Media Center.
Summary: I just received my unit this afternoon. I also got a Crucial m4 SSD (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0082PVK8Q) to install an XBMC system onto. I was torn between installing OpenElec, XBMCbuntu, or doing a minimal Ubuntu Server install and installing XBMC from there. I tried the Ubuntu server first. It booted from my flash drive and installed just fine. Then I went to reboot into the new OS on my SSD. No boot media found.
Summary: Purchases this to be the Hamachi gateway for remote clients to tap into the office network. Installed Win7 Pro on it, and had immediate difficulties downloading driver updates. Had to use sneakernet to get drivers installed, and still had networking issues.
Pros: Small and inexpensive. Just enough for the job at hand.
Cons: Needs a BIOS update out of the box, to be reliable. Not everyone will notice/think of that.