Originally Posted by robnix
If it was fanless, and had integrated wifi and IR it would be compelling. As it is it's not.
Although, "Under heavy load the fan will kick in, but it's barely audible from more than 18" away from the chassis". It's hard to tell if that means it will be silent from 8-12 feet away. IR would be nice, although it's so easy to add a USB one.
Edit: Thinking about it more, my Macbook Pro Retina has a 45 watt quad-core i7 and is barely audible sitting in my lap, and the NUC is 17W. Unless that fan is a real piece of crap or cools too aggressively, I think it's reasonable to think it may be completely silent from the couch. Also, what's the lowest watt Ivy Bridge desktop CPU you can buy? Honestly, for a typical HTPC client, lower wattage would be nice. My i3-2100 is already way overkill, as it can decode blu-ray rips without hardware acceleration using only 15-20% CPU.
Personally, while I know many people on this forum like their big noisy and beastly HTPCs that can play Crysis, I'm into more Roku-like HTPCs. I want something as small, quiet, and inconspicuous as possible.Edited by lockdown571 - 11/11/12 at 8:21pm