• Uniquely diminutive footprint
  • Full-size computing power
  • Lots of I/O ports
  • IR receiver


  • Bare-bones system: Some components not included
  • Limited upgrade potential
  • Itty-bitty design carries a price premium

At A Glance

If you're looking for the smallest of teeny-tiny PCs for your home theater or small business, Intel's latest Next Unit of Computing shines. But it remains a niche product with some limitations. Look before you leap.

Manufacturer’s Description

Sleek, shiny, and with a smaller footprint than a wireless modem, the Intel NUC with the 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor is at home in your living room, your office, or your media center. The D54250WYK SKU of Intel NUC is equipped with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, automatically allowing processor cores to safely run faster than the base operating frequency. It also includes Intel Rapid Start Technology, ensuring you are quickly up and running, and Intel Smart Connect Technology to keep you up to date at all times.

Manufacturer’s Website

Intel NUC Kit (Model D54250WYK)

The Specs

Processor type Intel Core i5-4250U
Processor speed 2600.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD5000
Video Memory Type DDR3
Drive 1 size 180.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • HDMI
  • Infrared
  • Line In 1/8
  • Line Out 1/8
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection
  • 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
Memory size 8.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Width 4.6 inches
Depth 4.4 inches
Height 1.4 inches
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
Devices Built-In Microphone
Chassis style Ultra Small Form Factor