Smallness uber alles: Intel’s tiny, Haswell-based NUC desktop reviewed

Specs at a glance: Intel NUC D54250WYK1 (as reviewed)
OS Windows 8.1 x64
CPU 1.3GHz Core i5-4250U (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz)
RAM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (supports up to 16GB)
GPU Intel HD Graphics 5000 (integrated)
HDD 128GB Crucial M500 mSATA SSD
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet
Ports 4x USB 3.0, 1x mini DisplayPort 1.2, 1x mini HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort, audio
Size 4.6” x 4.4” x 1.4” (116.8 x 111.8 x 35.6mm)
Other perks Kensington lock
Warranty 3 years
Price $389.99 (barebones), $702.99 with selected components and software

A couple of months back, Intel sent us the latest version of its “Next Unit of Computing,” or NUC for short.

The NUC is sort of a side-project for Intel. It’s a some-assembly-required desktop computer aimed at hobbyists who like playing with new tech and building their own PCs, but who also want something that’s as small as possible. It gives up much of the expandability that we’ve come to associate with desktops, but in exchange you get more processing power than anyone else is offering in a computer this size.

When we originally got the NUC, we asked you what kinds of things you were interested in using it for. We can’t get to all of your questions, but here’s a list of the ones we’ll try to answer, along with some of our standard performance analyses and comparisons to an Ivy Bridge model.

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via Ars Technica


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