Intel's Bay Trail based NUC has hit the market. This compact barebone is available for $145 and features the Intel Celeron N2820 2.4GHz dual-core processor in a 117mm x 112mm x 52mm enclosure. Inside is room for up to 8GB SODIMM DDR3 memory, a SATA 3Gbps port for a 2.5" disk, and a Mini PCIe slot with a card that offers 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel's Wireless Display.
On the outside, the Bay Trail NUC is reasonably well equipped. An IR sensor and USB 3.0 port share the front face, while the back panel hosts two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4a video out, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and an analog headset jack.
For $145, that's a pretty sweet package. The kit even includes a VESA adapter that lets you affix the NUC to the back of a monitor or anywhere else you can drive a few screws. If only it were a full-fat Bay Trail implementation. Perhaps a quad-core version will make its way out eventually.