Intel BOXDC3217BY Barebone Mini-PC (Intel Core i3 3217U, Intel-HD)
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The Intel NUC family puts the world in the palm of your hand. Powered by either Intel Celeron processors or 3rd generation Intel Core processors on a four-by-four-inch motherboard and enclosed in a tiny case, this next-generation compute kit is big on performance yet surprisingly small in size. From digital signage to customer service kiosks, from home theater systems to digital jukeboxes, Intel NUC is an intelligent device for small spaces or anywhere else you can imagine. A revolution in ultra-compact device design, Intel NUC packages a fully scalable, computing solution in the smallest possible form factor, complete with the Intel Core i5 vPro processor. This new generation computing device provides a flexible, customizable engine to drive digital signage, kiosks, and intelligent computing for small spaces, or anywhere else you can imagine. Intel NUC also has triple display capabilities for multiple monitoring and display, along with Intel vPro technology which lets your IT service provider remotely manage or repair your system. With that kind of power and size, you’ll rethink what’s possible. Because the only thing more amazing than Intel technology is what you’ll do with it.
19V, 65W Power Brick
VESA Mounting bracket Wireless antennae (integrated into the chassis)
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I've installed Ubuntu 13.10 and use it to stream media to various devices by running Plex Media Server on it. It's able to start and shutdown in around 5 seconds. It handles streaming HD content with processor power to spare. Very low power consumption too as I've hooked it up to an energy cost monitor which reports that it's using £0.55 per month. My old desktop PC was costing £9.50 a month!
It comes without RAM, disk drive, network hardware, or power cable (the clover leaf kind). It comes with a wifi antenna built in but you'll need to purchase a wifi card separately to use that. I bought the following items to complete the setup:
Plextor PX-64M5M M5M 64GB 6Gbps 2.5 inch M-SATA Internal SSD
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1.35V/1.5V SODIMM 204 Pin Memory Module Kit
Anker® USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network Adapter for Windows, Mac and Linux (White)
I opted for a USB ethernet adaptor to get a network connection which worked straight out of the box, so I can't speak for which WiFi cards are compatible.
This model has a design fault with ventilation as some SSD's produce more heat than they had intended it for.Read more ›
The components I used are Kingston KTA-MB1600S 4GB ram, Intel Wireless-N 2230 Wifi and Bluetooth & Kingston SMS200S3 30GB SSD. The memory reports as 4GB in the boot menu but only 3.3GB in Ubuntu, so that's another thing to address but performance is fine as it is.
As there is no audio output on this unit you should consider a "Multimedia Monitor" (one with speakers). I found a cheap "HDMI TO VGA with Audio Adapter" which would let you use external speakers with a normal monitor as an alternative.
Don't forget your C5 cloverleaf power cable!
I bought mine to run Elementary OS and it flies on this with minimal ram.
I think as others have said it could be made a little clearer that it an mSata ( tiny) drive for the operating system.
The only ( big) issue I have with this is the lack of a network Socket ( RJ45). I realised that it did not have wifi but was shocked that there was no cable socket.
I really do not understand this design decision. It can't be physical size limitations as I have a few RaspberryPI's with network connectivity.
Crucial CT120M500SSD3 120GB M500 mSATA 6Gb/s Internal SSD including Screws
Anker® USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network Adapter
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235; Wireless; PCI-E; 300 Mbit/s; 4.0;
Asus VE228HR 21.5-inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (1920 x 1080, 5ms, VGA, HDMI, DVI)
Perixx PERIDUO-707B PLUS UK, Wireless Mini Keyboard and Mouse Set - Piano...
Power Parts C5 Cloverleaf Power Cord / Mains Cable Lead / UK Type Plug for...
Wired-up HDMI to HDMI Gold Plated Connectors 1.8m Cable v1.3A
Komputerbay 8GB 204 Pin 1600MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 SODIMM Laptop Memory with...
Ended up returning the wireless card (no dual channel)
Multimedia monitor is a good idea as there is no audio jack from the pc. The ASUS one I used will only work for this pc via HDMI.
Do not forget the C5 cloverleaf power cord.
I am using openSUSE 13.1 and virtualbox with centOS and Oracle Linux.
It is very quick.
All worked fine out of the box, no addtional drivers needed.
This ticked all those boxes. Coupled with a Crucial 120GB mSATA, the Corsair Vengeance 8GB pair and a WiFi card ripped from a broken laptop at work, installing Mavericks on it was an absolute breeze (tonymacx86 method - there's a guide for this exact model on the site), and the install was rock-solid stable, with unbelievably quick boot time. I then added a Logitech wireless mouse/keyboard combo and we began the process of teaching her email, iPlayer, YouTube, online shopping and banking. The built-in HDMI meant I could plug it into her TV in the lounge and leave it tucked away almost out of sight, while the sleep button on the keyboard meant she'd never even need to get up to switch it on.
Four months later and she's getting better by the day, firing emails left right and centre and showing off her prowess to her friends. Occasional calls to 'tech support' family members can be easily fixed via remote login, and she seems to be very happy with the system.
I'm even happier, going so far as to build another clone to use as a HTPC (with the addition of Apple's Thunderbolt>Gigabit Ethernet adapter, it's wired up to my NAS and runs XBMC Frodo flawlessly, even with full HD video streams).Read more ›
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As expected, some issue with virtualization but generally a good entry level desktop. Mind about the cost connected on purchasing an SSD and WiFi card. Read morePublished 18 months ago by vgrimaldi
Good form factor, fast performance I love this product by Intel.Published 20 months ago by David M.
People just don't believe that a computer that small is so fast. Install a fast SSD 8-16 gigs of ram and a network card and you have a nice computer for everyday use, or office... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2014 by kapoios
Bought with a USB Ethernet adaptor, 64GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Runs Xubuntu Linux perfectly - no special install required and it runs really fast. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2014 by Mr David I Hulbert
I bought this as I wanted to build a home media server which could connect directly to my TV. I also wanted it to double up as a web and application server. Read morePublished on 28 July 2014 by Mike
Wow owning this thing has been stressful!
What's good? the form factor is lovely, packaging is a work of art, its fast and quiet.
Why only 3 stars? Read more
Running a research project, or thinking of a companion for the TV area? I would highly recommend this barebone machine from Intel. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2014 by Marc Bakos
I've been looking for a NUC for awhile, and saw these cheap on sale. I didn't really do my research properly and when they arrived I now understand why they're on sale. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by CK