[citation][nom]A Bad Day[/nom]Haven't found any AMD NUCs...[/citation]
Because NUC is an Intel standard similar to the Ultrabook. AMD will probably have something very similar, but under a different name.
[citation][nom]WithoutWeakness[/nom]$155 for the case? On top of the $300+ the NUC costs? $155 will get you a reasonably high-end desktop case.[/citation]
I could give you the same argument for tablets and $600 smartphones, but then the PC is dead and they're the future.....
[citation][nom]joytech22[/nom]I'm also unsure why the case costs so much. It's literally a lump of metal worth maybe $5-10 at MOST?[/citation]
Probably why it costs so much...it's a giant heatsink...remember the price of high end coolers? I'm not sure what it's made of, though.
It isn't cheap by any means, but then it'll make a dead quiet HTPC, and i guess that's worth it...
For those questioning the value - if you look at Streacom's passive cases, which also act as a heatsink, they start in the $160ish region and significantly higher. The Streacoms offer better cooling and flexibility, but they're also significantly larger. While the price on this Tranquil case isn't attractive, I'd say it's reasonable for being completely silent, dust-free and smallest in class.
It seems expensive for what it does (watching movies and streaming video for the most part). There are plenty of android based devices that do the same thing for 100-200 dollars complete. This thing would end up costing you almost 700 bucks to complete.