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Intel NUC D54250WYK review - next generation of Intel's NUC mini PC with Haswell chip

£295 (barebones) approx £525 as reviewe

Manufacturer: Intel

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

This mini PC, the latest generation of Intel's NUC, is a big improvement over previous efforts. Here's our Intel NUC D54250WYK mini PC review.

Intel NUC D54250WYK mini PC review

This latest incarnation of Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) platform, is an evolution of the Ivy Bridge-based PC we reviewed previously. The D55250WYK updates the processor to a fourth-generation "Haswell" model, as well as providing many other notable improvements to the design of this business PC.

The new NUC features a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-4250U processor which can turbo boost up to 2.6GHz under load. This enables very low power consumption of only 7W at idle, but excellent performance when required.

The NUC is sold as a "barebones" kit without memory or storage, and because it's so new at the time of writing, we've had to configure this system together ourselves. We've included storage and wireless components from Intel and 8GB of DDR3 memory from Crucial.

The tiny form-factor of the standard NUC case won't allow for a 2.5in hard drive, so we've fitted a 180GB Intel 530 series mSATA SSD. However, the board itself includes standard SATA connections, so it would be possible to build a larger version including a full-sized drive. This isn't much room for external connections so, to save space, mini-HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video connectors have been used. However, there's still room for a gigabit ethernet port and four USB 3.0 sockets – double the number you might expect in a mini PC. It also includes an infrared sensor and combined headphone/microphone jack. See also: Group test: What's the best Mini PC?

Intel NUC D54250WYK mini PC reviewWi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are provided by an internal Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac card, which adds around £20 to the price. In all we've added around £230 worth of components to the £295 price of the barebones kit, reaching a price comparable with other mini PCs.

In this configuration, the NUC simply flies. PCMark 7 turns in a score of 4681 points which is considerably faster than any of the competition.

The processor also includes Intel's HD graphics 5000, the most powerful integrated graphics of any of the mini PCs in this round-up. See all budget PCs reviews.

Intel NUC D54250WYK Expert Verdict »

1.3 GHz Intel Core i5-4250U (2 cores / 4 threads, 2.6GHz turbo)
8GB DDR3 1600MHz
180GB Intel 530 series mSATA SSD
External 19V, 65W
Intel Wilson Canyon D54250WYB, Lynx Point chipset
Intel HD Graphics 5000
802.11b/g/n/ac, Gigabit ethernet
4x USB 3.0
audio line out headphone, mic jack (shared with headphone), mini HDMI, mini DisplayPort
Consumer Infrared sensor
VESA mounting bracke
117 x 112 x 35mm
1 kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 10 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The D54250WYK is a big improvement over the previous generation. It's much faster and no-longer are you forced to choose between wired Ethernet or wireless connectivity. With four USB 3.0 ports, it has good connectivity for such a small PC. Note that the price quoted does not include an operating system.

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