Pros: This is a great little machine, easy to setup, boots fast, low heat, low noise, etc.
Cons: Video RAM allocated from the system is fixed at 64 mb. Windows Media Center states the "computer is not digital cable ready" and it will not stream HD TV from the SiliconDust HD CableCard box...the whole reason I bought the Brix was to be a HTPC/DVR to replace the cable company's cable box. It cannot do it due to the fixed RAM. I should have done my homework better and got an Intel NUC in which the Video RAM can be set up to 512mb. As much as I love Gigabyte (I have 3...
Summary: My life feels more fulfilled since getting this little thing.
Pros: First pro: size. It makes the Mac Mini look like a ship's anchor! I go to an art school where most people blindly follow the cult of Mac, and it's fun to be able to point at their gigantic Mac Minis they use for art installations, and say "still using those old behemoths? Second pro: performance. I use this to run art installations, usually running programs written in Processing, which sometimes have a bit of a performance overhead, since they use Java. I was able to ...
Cons: If there's a con, it's POSSIBLY the wifi card. Sometimes I have problems with the wifi dropping, though this has become more rare. It seems to happen mostly when I'm on an encrypted network at some distance from the router. There is talk this may be the fault of how Linux works with encrypted Wifi in general, as this is not the only machine to report these issues. Hasn't happened in a few weeks, but I've been using it much closer to the router. I will point out in its...
Summary: Runs GNU/Linux just fine. Running Xubuntu 14.10 very well. Plays 1080p video, with SSD extremely fast boot time. Good Linux support for the Intel video drivers. Might need some backports if running older kernel then 14.10.
Pros: Runs Linux very well. Quiet. Mounted behind monitor. Good mounting solution.
Summary: This is the thrid Brix I've purchased, all different models. This is the first one that has given me anything but a flawless installation experience. On this unit, the action of the clip holding one of the ram modules was not very smooth. I actually had to bend the plastic tab out a little to get it to accept the RAM module. Other than that, I have no complaints with the quality. I am running Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS on this machine, as with my other Brixes.
Pros: small form factor, quiet, low power consumption, good quality, optical SPDIF output.
Cons: Quality not quite up to other Brix models I own, performance not quite up to playing Minecraft
Pros: Powerful and quiet. I am using it with an Acer touch screen as first monitor and with a Sabrent USB video adapter I can run second monitor. I have it connected with a Staples common Multi USB adapter. It starts with no hang ups. I have another touch screen and I will see how they work together.
Summary: This makes a perfect HTPC that is silent while playing movies in XBMC from a NAS. Fast and responsive compared to my Raspberry Pi. Is even able to play "indie" games from Steam (Shadowrun Returns, Rogue Legacy, etc) at 1080p. With built in Bluetooth, was able to wirelessly connect to a PS3 controller to play, which is really nice.
Pros: - Silent if not doing demanding tasks - Tiny footprint - Included VESA mount, WiFi/Bluetooth - Actually usable as a full on PC and not a gimmick cheap PC
Summary: I just bought this machine to replace a very old Dell. I really did not need or want a tower, I wanted something very small and this fit the bill. Now, I've only had it for a week and I still have not moved all my file off the Dell, but so far it works great. The machine boots fast and is silent (okay it has a little fan but you really can't hear it). The built quality is excellent and I'm thinking about buying them for work.
Summary: Perfect for a home server, HTPC, NAS, whatever. This thing has plenty of power and can easily handle multiple tasks.
Pros: Very small, very powerful, plenty of USB ports. RAM and SSD are easily accessible. Includes WiFi and NIC.
Cons: It would've been nice to have a more supported WiFi card out of the box, had to jump through some hoops to get it to work on linux. An eSATA port would've also been nice but at least this device has USB 3.0
Summary: Overall it is a great product even with the Wifi issues which is easily fixed by replacing the Wifi adaptor. I went with the Intel 7260HMW and now the WiFi is rock solid and I also now have WiDi to boot. (Below is a direct link). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Pros: This is a great little PC for it's size. It's fast, quite and the added VESA Mount is a big plus. Easy hardware install and has room to grow if needed. Works great with Windows 7, 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04
Cons: The only Con I found has been the Wifi adaptor. Realtek usually is pretty good but this one is just pathetic. I had the unit sitting 6in from AP and could watch the signal just go up and down. I tested it in WIndows 7, 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04 and all gave the same results no matter what driver I used.
Pros: Very quiet with just little fan noise. In response to some of the other comments about fan noise. I suppressed to find out it had a fan, also. When I first heard I thought the unit was frying. Even playing a game the noise is extremely less than my mid tower case. I am thinking of get an i5 unit for a friend.