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A little desktop PC that holds big promise

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The NUC's small size, reasonable price and solid performance make it an ideal PC for tinkerers on a budget. Just be prepared to roll up your sleeves in setting it up.

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Critic reviews

7.9
12 reviews
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    7.6
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    7.8
  • Expandability
    7.0
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    7.3
  • Size and weight
    9.2
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8.5
2 reviews
8.0
Engadget Mar 23, 2013

So long as you're willing to accept the inherent tradeoffs of such a minimalistic computer, the NUC provides excellent incentive to roll up your sleeves and build your next PC.

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8.0
PC Mag Dec 28, 2012

For home user’s, the Intel Next Unit of Computing is an ideal home theater PC solution that delivers third generation Core i3 processing and wireless connectivity to media storage and DLNA enabled devices.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jan 6, 2014

If what you're looking for is a decent desktop that will fit anywhere and look pretty good doing it, the NUC is well worth considering, and it's a nice improvement over the Ivy Bridge version.

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8.0
PC World Australia Dec 4, 2012

Intel's Next Unit of Computing is a wonderful device for anyone who wants a genuinely tiny computer system for the home, office, or anywhere else. It supplies speed that's on par with a regular-sized computer and it has a useful range of connectivity.

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9.0
TweakTown Nov 23, 2012

Intel's NUC is a step in a different direction for PCs, and one that I think has a future among the world of technology. PCs are getting smaller, chips are getting even smaller, and we're doing more work in the cloud. Intel knows this, vendors and companies know this and the NUC is really going to...

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8.0
Digital Versus Dec 6, 2013

The Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK is a handy little DIY device that's great for everything but gaming. Lacking storage, RAM and an operating system, it's decidedly for-enthusiasts-only. Casual users, keep walking.

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7.0
PC Pro Jan 14, 2013

For a front-room system, an always-on server or a basic office desktop, a NUC could be just the ticket – and if Intel ever produces a version with USB 3, it will deserve serious consideration from anyone seeking a stylish compact PC.

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7.0
HEXUS.net Sep 28, 2012

Intel's pedigree in producing quality mobile parts is in evidence with the technically-competent NUC. The system works well and is more than capable of meeting the needs for a wide range of consumers, from running everyday tasks to casual gaming on the built-in graphics.

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8.0
HotHardware Dec 3, 2012

The Core i3-3217U is the heart and soul of this machine, and combined with a fast solid state drive, the NUC delivers a formidable one-two punch that can pummel almost any task you throw at it.

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7.0
IT Pro Portal Dec 11, 2013

The problem for Intel is that you can buy a similar processor, motherboard and case for less than the price of a NUC. Plus, Intel's decision to omit an Ethernet socket, USB 3 sockets and limited management leave us scratching our heads.

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7.0
Tech Report Nov 18, 2012

I have to admit, if that's where the mainstream PC market is headed, this little box soothes a lot of my worries about the prospects. It's a better PC than the one I was using several years ago, and it's open enough to allow upgrades to several major components.

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9.0
agami agami

As a person who spends some of his time trying to figure out what shape and form the next unit of computing will take I am naturally drawn to any new thinking in computing form factors and consequently was intrigued when intel announced the NUC. The specs alone already conveyed that this was NOT...

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