Perfect for OpenElec HTPC use - even jumbo 1080p MKV files!
J. Danforth "Daguerreotypist", Amazon
20 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: 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: 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: 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.