It’s also ready for HDTV hookups, with a mini HDMI port and mini DisplayPort. Either one should suffice for 4K video output — which is no problem thanks to the chip’s integrated Intel HD 5000 graphics. There’s also an infrared sensor on the front of the NUC for receiving commands for your snazzy Logitech Harmony.
At just four inches square, you shouldn’t have any trouble making room for the NUC in your entertainment center, either. Concerned that even the small amount of noise the little guy will produce might disrupt your big-screen gaming or movie watching? No worries, there are companies that make silent cases for the NUC.
The Haswell-powered NUC should make a nice little DIY Steam Box, and the timing couldn’t be better — what with Valve recently announcing family-friendly sharing. You’ll get plenty of use out of the system, too: Intel’s providing three full years of warranty coverage.
Intel hasn’t offered up a release date or pricing information yet, but the original NUC was priced pretty competitively at around $400. You can expect that to be true this time around, too.