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Intel NUC D54250WYK

Intel NUC D54250WYK
alaScore 100

52 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design. The size also gets good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability. Some have doubts about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Intel NUC D54250WYK is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) Kit D54250WYK


Intel's newest NUC (Next Unit of Computing) Kit D54250WYK improves on the original version by offering more connectivity features and the latest processor technology. You'll still have to supply many of your own components though.

Tiny form factor. HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. USB 3.0. Haswell technology

Price does not include storage or RAM. Limited expandability. Sluggish graphics performance

When we reviewed the first iteration of Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) do-it-yourself kit late last year we were impressed with its diminutive size and Core i3 processing power but bemoaned the lack of USB 3.0 technology and the additional costs...

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Intel's Haswell NUC: D54250WYK UCFF PC Review


The Intel NUC category has been an interesting product line to analyze, as it provides us with insights into where the traditional casual / home use desktop market might end up. Officially falling under Ultra-Compact Form Factor PCs (UCFF), units in...

We have already carried some graphs and tables with power consumption numbers for various scenarios in the preceding sections. The two graphs below compare idle and full load power consumption numbers across different low power desktops that we have...

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Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK review: This tiny PC punches high above its weight class


This miniature computer outperforms machines many times its size, but you should be aware of what's not included before you buy one.

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

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...


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Intel NUC D54250WYK SFF System Review - Haswell Update


Just about a year ago Intel released a new product called the Next Unit of Computing, or NUC for short. The idea was to allow Intel's board and design teams to bring the efficient performance of the ultra low voltage processors to a desktop, and...

This time around Intel has updated the 4x4 enclosure a bit and upgrade the hardware from Ivy Bridge to Haswell. That alone should result in a modest increase in CPU performance with quite a bit of increase in the integrated GPU performance courtesy of...

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Not a very good HTPC or headless pc


The recommended work around is to uninstall the intel drivers and use the standard microsoft vga driver, unacceptable from my stance as an hdmi out only HTPC. Thanks for all the headaches intel

Great small form factor, runs fast and stays cool and quiet

It has to have a monitor hooked up at all times and you cant change the source or it causes low memory error in windows 8.1 64 bit and crashes, this is a well known issue that seems to be driver related and should have been fixed. Right now these are...

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Third generation NUC success


USB 3 speeds appear to be consistently high. Visually the graphics from the built in Intel 5000 segment of the CPU are very clear and sharp and there is no problem running two monitors at 1920 X 1080. VESA mounts the the rear of my monitor and takes no...

Small, fast, easy to build kit. Good basic graphics. All you need for home and office productivity software and internet use ; With the Intel Wireless-AC 7260 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter it maintains 4 meg/sec downloading over a wireless N home network....

You really need to make sure that you order the right memory. This NUC requires 1.35 volt memory, it also required timing 11 not timing 9 memory. The computer will not boot with 1.5 volt memory or refresh timing 9 memory

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Great little machine


This may have been overkill for HTPC. Not the NUC's fault but I think the i3 would have been good enough and I would have saved $100. Keep that in mind if you're looking for a HTPC. An integrated Wifi module would have been welcome. Then they could...

I bought this NUC to use as HTPC so my review will be limited. I only play movies and watch videos from the web. This NUC does all that very well. The i5 cpu should also be more than enough for older games. Overall, I'm extremely happy with this choice

A critical factor for HTPCs is noise. This thing is not silent. The fan however is extremely quiet and I haven't noticed it from the couch. Actually, I first thought that it was dead silent but when I came close to plug a USB stick I clearly heard the...

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Surprisingly Solid


Could easily be an everyday Desktop PC replacement. The VESA mount helps clear up desk space, and a Logitech K400 helps make the whole setup look cleaner. Same processor as the Core i5 Macbook Air with the option for customization of the rest of your...

Fast ; Quiet ; Solid construction / design (External case appears to be aluminum, top and bottom casing are plastic) ; Powerful ; Versatile ; Supports dual monitors out of the box. For additional monitors, seek a USB32DVIPRO (USB3.0,...

Does not come in a quad core i7 configuration. But what is your purpose for buying this computer ; Headphone output is a tad quiet compared to my work laptop ; Does not ship with a micro-HDMI or mini-Displayport adapter for external monitors

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Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK small form factor PC


Intel's small form factor NUC PC returns with a fourth-gen Core CPU and other sweet features for home use

4th gen Core i5 CPU ; Small form factor ; Good selection of ports, plus infrared sensor ; Easy to assemble

HDMI port not full-sized ; Lacks SD card slot ; RRP is a tad high

Intel's NUC barebones kit is a tiny, yet powerful computer thanks to its fourth-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, and it's suitable for home users who want to build up a nice little home theater PC. It features a good selection of ports, though you might...

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Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK review


Tiny, quiet, power-efficient and fairly quick - the best barebones PC we've ever seen

We're impressed with the Intel NUC. It's tiny, silent, uses less than 8W when idle and 24W under load, and makes a great media centre or unobtrusive general-purpose PC. It's not cheap, at over £500 once you've added the necessary bits, but it's a...


Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Not Applicable
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth:No / Yes
TV Output: Yes


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:NO OS
Product Type:Micro


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 5000
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:QS77 / Unknown
Hyper Threading: Yes
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-4250U