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Text - Price appears to be valid 12/11-12/12/13

You'll need to add mSATA SSD (or use flash drive to boot OS), laptop memory, and (optional) wifi card.  

Discussion of item on XBMC forums - typical reason to get one of these

Included in the box 19V, 65W power adapter (brick)
Power cord options (Types B, E, G, or no cord)
VESA* mounting bracket
Integration guide
Wireless antennae (integrated into the chassis)
Intel Core i3 logo

NOTE: 1.5V DDR3 memory modules are not supported.

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cool looking device...note the mini-display port and mini-hdmi for output.
4th generation Intel® Core™ i3-4010U processor (soldered down) with active fan heatsink


Two SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 16 GB of 1600/1333 MHz 1.35V DDR-3 memory


One mini DisplayPort* 1.2 with audio support
One mini HDMI* port 1.4a with audio support


Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)1 subsystem in the following configuration:

8-channel (7.1) digital audio via HDMI 1.4a output and via one DisplayPort 1.2 connector
Headphone/microphone jack on the front panel

LAN support Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Peripheral interfaces

Two USB 3.0 connectors (front panel)
Two USB 3.0 connectors (back panel)
Two USB 2.0 ports (internal headers)
One SATA port (internal header)
Consumer infrared sensor on the front panel

Expansion capabilities

One full length mini PCI Express* slot with mSATA support
One half-length mini PCI Express slot

Included in the box

19V, 65W power adapter (brick)
Power cord options (Types B, E, G, or no cord)
VESA* mounting bracket
Integration guide
Wireless antennae (integrated into the chassis)
Intel Core i3 logo


3-year warranty
Standard Warranty Replacement (SWR)

processor is 2 cores/4 threads, 1.7GHz 15W with HD4400 as integrated graphics.

would do a great little HTPC.
Note that intel quotes the price of the processor alone to ~$280...

Accidentally purchased 1.5V DDR3 memory for this. Edited title to note that this is NOT compatible - use 1.35V memory (has 2x204 pin slots).

Also, grabbed Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC060B301 mSATA 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for $79.99 at Link from Newegg - seems like a good price.  

I have a call in to find out with Newegg what the available power cord options mean.  Amazon typically ships this item for $299 and it does not include a power cord.

Comparison vs. 2012 NUC: (my selling point was the built in IR receiver)
Original NUC Haswell NUC How much of an improvement is it?
i3 Ivy Bridge CPU i3 Haswell CPU Should yield some performance improvement, although the original was fast enough that it may not be noticeable.
3 USB 2.0 ports 4 USB 3.0 ports BIG improvement. Faster and more is always nice.
2 standard HDMI 1 mini-HDMI and one Displayport Kind of a 6-of-1, half-dozen of the other thing for me as I don't have multiple monitors. It will require different cables or at minimum an HDMI to mini-HDMI adapter. Not a biggie.
No headphone jack HEADPHONE JACK! This is huge. It may seem minor but if you're using the NUC as a PC replacement this expands your options for audio many times over.
  Built-in IR receiver This is big for the HTPC crowd. It saves using up one of your USB ports for an external IR receiver for your remote. Very nice
1 GB ethernet port 1 GB ethernet port No change here.  Still nice to have Ethernet when you need it, and it's not in the way if you don't.
Intel 4000 Graphics Intel 4400 Graphics This should be a real improvement for gaming…yes I said GAMING. Stop laughing, I'm serious. My original NUC played many modern games surprisingly well, so I'm going to try some more graphics-intensive games on this one.
Super-small case Super-smaller-er case If they keep making this smaller every time pretty soon we'll be able to just plug one into our brain.
Black on black finish Brushed aluminum/black case Purely aesthetic. Both look very cool. Some of it comes down to the use. If you have it somewhere where you want it to be noticed then the new finish is the way to go. If it's going to be mounted on the back of a monitor or tv it won't matter.

Gigabyte BRIX How does it compare with this one. $30 more than the Intel, but comes with its own Wireless module and full-HDMI.

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