Intel DC3217IYE Barebone-PC (Intel Core i3 3217U, 1,8GHz, Intel HD 4000, no operating system)
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19V, 65W Power Brick
VESA Mounting bracket Wireless antennae (integrated into the chassis)
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Used one HDMI port for the TV, the other is plugged with a HDMI to VGA with Audio Converter Adapter to play music over the amplifier.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bits was installed with an USB drive without problems.
Note that you need a spare C5 Power Lead.
In all a very discrete media centre to play movies, MP3's and watch TV over Internet.
The black model pictured is the DC3217IYE, **NOT THE BOXDC3217BY** which is red. The BOXDC3217BY unit does not have a network interface, you need to buy and install a separate WIFI device to connect this to a network.
The DC3217IYE comes complete with a 1GB network port.
The DC3217BY comes in a red topped case and has no ethernet port and only one HDMI port. However, it gains a Thunderbolt port. It's a fine enough piece of kit, so long as that's what you are expecting.
Three stars (neutral), because there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the product, other than it's not correctly described. The thing is, if the vendor can't get that right what else are they not getting right? Hmmm.
I still wanted a NUC, and so started searching again, this time I decided to go for a higher specification model with the i5 processor 4 x USB3 connectors, with HDMI and Thunderbolt connections as well, the Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK. It also had the possibility of a 4K connection through the Thunderbolt which sounded interesting for future use.
The cost was about £100 more, and then one has to add the memory, of which I added 8GB, and a SSD drive, which I added a 128Gb. I only use the SSD drive for programs and data to run the unit, and some temporary storage, all other data is stored on a removable 1TB USB drive, which was an additional expense. I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu loaded as the dual operating systems, although after using Ubuntu one seldom wants to return to Windows.
My reasons for buying this unit were twofold, it was very very small, and used a very small amount of power. On basic tasks about 6 to 8 watts, running hard about 35 watts. One problem I found immediately was that it would not run off my solar power system without a slight problem of the graphics jumping. I use an inverter to convert a 12 volt DC battery bank system to 230-240 volts AC, and have never had a unit that did not work off it. I will be replacing the inverter with a pure sine wave model which should cure the problem.Read more ›
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I was not expecting to get the Intel DC3217IYE when I placed my order as I had read the reviews but the price was still good for the DC3217BY model. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer