Summary: I bought this to be able to watch movies and tv episodes straight from PC/Internet to TV. My complains focus on: 1) the Video settings is not brilliant(I haven't been able to use the full size of my TV) 2) the machine started struggling to switch on after few weeks, until a bad day, didn't switch on anymore. I've tried as suggested the power drain, and nothing.
Summary: I was thinking about spending a grand on a Mac. But in the end, I decided to go for this dinky little machine and spend the savings on a road bike. I'm really glad I did. I work in the IT industry, so when I get home all I want to do is surf the net, check my e-mails and write the occasional Word document. This PC is perfect. It bolts onto the back of my screen, makes no noise and has a reasonable performance.
Summary: Bought a similar model, the Packard Bell imax mini N3600, same specs, same machine,just rebranded as packard bell.. quick thing.. its underpowered.. so i did the following to optimize the performance: - Uninstall all unwanted programs and games - Install TuneUp Utilities 2011 - Install CCleaner - Install Media Player Classic Home Cinema.
Summary: Vista and windows 7 to demanding on this machine, use it for ms office and Quick Books, can be frustrating as there is no power, considering using it as a media server as there is a hdmi output.
...... no longer works with BBC iPlayer HD! YES IT DOES!!
X DoKToR, Amazon
9 January 2011
Summary: ...maybe 'not out the box'.... BUT install XBMC for Windows and install the BBC iplayer plugin....working fine here :) we have 3 around the house used JUST for media playback...even 1080p @ 24 Frames Per Second. great machines....
Summary: I bought this machine to use iPlayer and others on the TV. It has done that very competently but to my amazement it plays back HD video files off my Canon 5D Mk2 (1080P quicktime) without a shudder or a jolt, something that my 3.5 year old Macbook Pro that cost me nearly £2000 will not do. I paid £249 here but I have seen them cheaper still on amazon.
Summary: I realy like this product. It looks fab and for the job i needed it for, powerfull enough to. Easy to set up. Great for a start up pc. the wireless keybord and mouse is also also quite stylish. keybord is quite small if your used to a full size one. I wished it was slightly faster but ultimately you get what you pay for and on ballance it is great value. If your fed up with the huge box on the desk or floor then this pc is for you.
Summary: Great product silent pretty fast, comes with win 7 64 bit and a lot of extra software you don't need. Uninstalled almost all that and put Microsoft Security Essentials for anti virus protection(light weight). Another important note is you need to update all your windows drivers and install CoreAVC codecs to be able to play smoothly 720p and 1080p video.
Summary: So long as you realise this is not meant for heavy duty applications and you want something to use for surfing, viewing media and basic office type work, this is a great buy and great value. Works well with wondows 7 too which is the first decent OS from microsoft in an age.
Summary: I think this is a case of "you get is what you pay for". Don't expect the world from this mini PC because on some fronts it won't deliver. In other words, this is not a gaming PC..!!! I brought one to use as a media centre in my living room, to replace 2 freeview boxes and an ageing LiteOn PVR. 2 things to note: The dongle for the wireless keyboard and mouse is found in the battery compartment of the mouse. You need to dig it out and bung it in one of the many USB ports.