Comments about Intel NUC NUC8i5BEH Mini PC/HTPC, Intel Quad-Core i5-8259U 2.3GHz, 8GB DDR4, 240GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4k Support, Dual Monitor Capable (i5 NUC Tall 8GB RAM + 240GB SSD)

Intel NUC NUC8i5BEH Mini PC/HTPC, Intel Quad-Core i5-8259U 2.3GHz, 8GB DDR4, 240GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4k Support, Dual Monitor Capable (i5 NUC Tall 8GB RAM + 240GB SSD)
8th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-8259U 2.3GHz
8GB DDR4 RAM, 240GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Wifi, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4k Support, Card Reader, Dual Monitor Capable, HDMI, USB, Thunderbolt 3
Windows 10 Professional 64Bit

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The Intel NUC is amazing. It's almost scary how much I appreciate this computer. It's literally smaller in some dimensions than my Samsung Galaxy S9 but packs much more of a wallop. With a plethora of input and output options, including HDMI and USB C Thunderbolt 3, this little device is future proof.

The performance is nice and snappy for my common tasks. (I don't plan on doing anything graphic intensive with this, so this is a perfect solution for me. If I were keen on graphics performance, I'd probably attach this to an eGPU. But that's the whole point of this: options and many of them.)

The one thing I don't appreciate is the volume of the fan. For such a little guy, it gets pretty loud. Kind of like the next door neighbor's chihuahua. But perhaps the volume is a necessary evil of packing such performance into a small space. Perhaps when Intel moves to a 10 nm process, it'll help with the fan volume.

That being said, I would easily recommend this. It's a 4.5 out of 5 for me, with the fan volume being the only obvious con. If you need to fit a high-performing package in a tight space, don't count this guy out.

i5-8259U was what we went with, no regrets, hardware as supplied is turnkey solution, other i5 reviews note a little less thermal throttling // fan noise versus the i7 -yet- a big graphics gain over i3 that the i7 does not match over the i5. The only time we heard the fan was during serious O/S updates, recovery and Win10 ISO file handling -- a faint whine certainly not irritating or obtrusive, even attractive wind-chime like. HD & memory speed adequate, doing true kit could've gotten higher spec components but then Win10 license would've eliminated any bargain aspect.

Win10 Activation seriously easy yet it is still Win10 with all its privacy and clutter issues, spent large time recreating my 80-something-year-old Dads previous laptop setup (that went dark) and had zero problems with usual Quicken/TurboTax/Office etc. setups. Unit has QUICK boot and sharp graphics from HDMI output yet maybe not as sharp as his old DisplayPort output setup.

Only hitch -- after update to newest Intel BIOS with my prior 'user set 2048mb GPU cache size’ causing a memory conflict occurred that thoroughly corrupted boot display. Fix was pressing box ON button continuously for 5 seconds until it flashes different color and release that forced boot into safe bios recovery mode to tweak graphics cache down to 1024 to recover from the error. Intel knows about it and will address that problem; all prior BIOS releases have no issues with cache sizes.

Cable management – stout cables should not weigh more than the computer itself so they don’t push the computer around the desk, and care should be taken so a USB drive in the front panel won’t get grubbed into the desktop when trying to insert devices in the back, too easy to get leverage on the socket and perhaps loosen it up. The included VESA mount likely will solve both those problems…

Does everything I need in a tiny package. I was able to wall mount this so it is accessible but takes up no desk space. Behaves like a laptop of similar specifications, but no battery to take care of. The fan does run when in use, but not very loud.
I had an extra 8GB DDR4 card on hand. Installed 8GB was the same Crucial model, so quality memory, but YMMV. The extra 8GB is worth getting and really easy to install.
I was a little disappointed with the SATA SSD. An HP S700 is OK, but it is a lower end SATA SSD with mediocre specs. I ended up springing for a decent but affordable M.2 card and switched to that as a main drive. It boots a little quicker that way. I bought the tall because I wanted 2 drives anyway, so that's OK. The slim version doesn't have internal SATA, so the SSD will be M.2, but I don't know what they use.
That said, the seller did a good job putting this together, and the Windows Pro setup was easy and clean, with nothing added beyond the usual Microsoft stuff.

Bought the NUC8i3BEH version because I thought that the i3 version would be fast enough and hoped that the combination of the lower power requirements of the i3 processor and the tall case would make fan noise a non-issue.
I was not disappointed. The unit is not used for gaming or extremely intensive applications and under these conditions feels quite snappy. Did not replace the "as shipped" BIOS since it was not that far back from the latest version and everything seemed to be working properly. It's great to get such good performance from such a tiny unit. Although it's now located on my desk I will probably use the VESA mounting plate that's included to mount it to the back of my monitor.

I just replaced a tower PC with this little unit and it is every bit as capable as others have mentioned (and only uses about 8% of the power). I have yet to load up the CPUs with my daily work so I have yet to hear any fan noise at all so I don't expect that to be an issue. I am particularly impressed with the state of the art I/O ports; 4xUSB 3.1 gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3.

I am disappointed with the RAM slots being fully occupied (2x4 GB SK Hynix) and an HP 2.5" SSD but the 8 GBs currently seems adequate for my needs and the SSD is working well so not too big of a deal. Overall, I give this unit my highest recommendation.

I received this mini computer about a week ago. It is a nice size, starts quickly, and seems to be able to do most things very well. However, it shuts down after 2-4 minutes. I am not sure if it is a sleep mode or off mode, because I am not familiar with how long each would take to start up again. I have tried various fixes suggested on the internet to no avail. I don't know what to do next, but I certainly do not recommend this product until I am able to use mine effectively.

Recently I updated the bios. Apparently there was a flaw in the earlier version. The computer works perfectly now. You can update the bios at the manufacturer's page.

We use IntelNUCs to drive some conference rooms and they work very well for that purpose. These would be a great desktop replacement for anyone not doing high end graphics or computation work. Solid performance in a small package that uses far less power than a traditional desktop. I only order the tall versions as the slim versions have some reported heat issues.

I needed a PC for our conference room to run our 80" Samsung monitor. This was perfect, comes ready to use, easy to install behind the monitor and works like a champ. Comes with Win 10 Pro. We run MS office on it and a variety of conference software. Nothing too intense but even so you can hear the fans spinning up and pushing hard. It's a big conference room so it does not bother me but in a small office or at home this could be annoying. Good buy otherwise.

It works great with Windows 10 and XUbuntu Linux. One tiny problem in XUbuntu (which I don't think is this unit's fault but I'm not sure), it sometimes loses the sound settings. Something to do with ALSA. Regardless, it runs smoothly and quietly. The BIOS is a new Intel product which is graphical and uses your mouse or keyboard. So, it's more modern that the classic BIOS ROMs I'm used to seeing. Does it do more? Meh maybe but I wouldn't say that the organization is any better. I wish these BIOS would include more online description of the functions. They still act like it's 1990 and memory is expensive. Anyway, this NUC works and the seller set it up nicely.

My wife wants a small computer -- big in capabilities, but not an enormous tower. Her last one, a Shuttle, ate two motherboards in three years, and has been dismissed with contempt. This new cutie has proven more than capable of handling her work. Set-up was a piece of cake. With a Sabrent hard drive adapter, she was seamlessly back in business within minutes.

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Tips to better use this mini pc: 1. Add a Micro SD card for saving files and documents. 2. Regularly delete the software distribution folder in windows directory to keep updates size use down. This folder is used for updates for windows. 3. Uninstall any program or app that isn't needed or used.
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