Do these NUC's perform about as well as a laptop with the same equipment? If so, this might be good for people like myself who like to have a 'spare' computer just in case something happens to our main laptop or computer.
Whats with the one in the middle that appears to have a small battery pack. Is it a small battery pack or something else.
It appears to small to power the machine, maybe to be used to charge devices on the charging port? (That would see odd though). Unless its for NFC
I purchased a generation before this NUC and my wife and I have been very pleased. We use it as a typical home computer (word processing, streaming video, Skype, etc). It is very comparable to a laptop the only difference is that you can have a large monitor. We added a wireless keyboard and mouse. Mounted the NUC on the back of the monitor and it is a super clean install.
@Christopher1 - Yes, NUCs use the same Core CPUs as typical Ultrabooks
Yes that green module is a 3rd-party NFC module. It is an _example_ of what 3rd parties can do / integrate with 3rd-party replacement lids.
@BulkZerker - A Rock Canyon i5 with HD Graphics 6000 has more than enough performance for light gaming, and certainly much more than AMD. And when the i7 comes out, it will have Iris Graphics 6100
@brainiac88, Given how much Intel Gen8 iGPU has improved in many benchmarks, it's quite possible Iris Pro 6200 will be more than enough for light gaming. Nicer NUCs with it will be out in a couple months.
If this will be equipped with Brodwell it'll be even more expensive and less attractive as it already is. It's basically laptop with no keyboard based on low-mid level CPU. If Intel wants us to spend $800-1000 for this make it 2 times bigger as already is, put Quad Core Haswell + 980m and big but very quite 90mm fan. That would be enough for not only light 720p gaming but more then enough for 1080p gaming, a bit of production work too. Intel's NUC are currently barely good enough for office and browsing, multimedia = cheap laptop is better option than this.