USB 2 instead of USB 3 might sound like okay but the issue with USB 2 was latency due to being half-duplex, i can have fast harddisks but if i'm transferring small but very scattered files like an game that uses uncompressed files you can watch in agony as your transfer drop to 100kbps
I doubt the tiny thumbdrives even need USB 3, hell all the tiny ones i have can't even saturate USB 1 for god's sake!
But as a system with a tiny harddisk you really need USB 3 to shuffle data in and out all the time AND that IS a big mistake. Not so much on a desktop if you have a network data system but even so just one USB 3 output i would be content with but really if i was backup-ping data i'll open the case and stick another harddisk in
So the verdict? FAIL. On intel's part.
Well, you are right on the pricing thing but... I would add, that it was stupid to solder the CPU on (no upgrade possibility in the future - why would you do that?), second: they could of include USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0 - I see no difference costwise for Intel and to have only the slow USB 2.0 (which I don't even use anymore) is a big mistake on their part. I also think there is enough space (above the MOBO, or attached to the top's inside), for a 2.5" SSD. A smaller (ex. 2.5" 120GB SSD) would of been a cheaper option and with the interchangeable CPU and USB 3.0 the whole deal would look a bit better. Now if they do all this and slash prices to $200-$250 as you say, than it all looks entirely different. Than.
Solder on the CPU to save cost and they better have good reasons to back it up, but thankfully it remains cool not hot as lead free solder is really brittle and it has cost consoles dearly
But anyway would anyone upgrade a tiny desktop? Hah. Not that they would but anyway, if they are really bringing BGA to desktops by broadwell i can smell AMD's sudden increase in sales when the intels go out if AMD doesn't follow suit or else us enthusiast will be wiped out
No that won't be right because we will probably go on strike
And counting properly those who bought a intel CPU custom system in 2011 probably wants a new computer in 2014 and that is roughly Broadwell so either they continue making Haswell or go to the red team
Processor reviews will be tough in the future like i'll bet when broadwell comes out a high-end CPU will be mated to a high-end motherboard and vice-versa and you can't really make fair reviews anymore in the end
Well that was pretty much enthusiast market, our choice as to which motherboard or CPU we want and not being tied down having to buy a very plain and ugly motherboard with a i3 proc
We have always been able to mix and match right? As like you could buy a Z77 low-end motherboard with a i7-3770k now and well you could buy a i3 with a Z77X motherboard (I know some people who DOES)
I see one small problem with the case on the NUC it has an exhaust area on the back for the CPU's HSF but where is the inlet for it ??
?? might be time to get out the dremel and do some moding
I shouldn't have to be forced to dremel any equipment, when paying $650
Surely Intel knows what they are doing right?