Summary: Lots of power in a tiny package. Really everything you would ever need for an HTPC to run XBMC/Kodi.
Pros: Haswell i3 is surprisingly fast, tiny (only about the size of a small book), Intel HD 4400 plays back 1080p HD content perfectly, takes 2.5 inch drives, comes with with wifi, makes almost no noise even under load.
Summary: This is a great little PC. I'm using it as a Google print server so I can use a couple of older printers with Google Cloud printing. This is much smaller and faster than the old Atom D525 nettop it is replacing.
Summary: Built this to replace an ancient Gateway PC for a family member. They aren't a gamer, so went with the i3 version. Build was a breeze, installed Win7 Home Premium 64 from a USB drive (you'll need an ISO image, which I believe can either be ripped from a retail Win7 disc or downloaded).
Pros: Ultra small form factor, VESA mountable, included WiFi and BT, core i3, supports 16 GB RAM, Intel HD (1920x1080), full size HDMI port, USB 3, room for both mSATA and 2.5 inch SATA 3 drives, Virtualization support, power on from USB, quiet.
Cons: Needed to copy WiFi drivers to a USB in order to download and install the rest of the drivers. With flash drives/cards so cheap I don't know why manufacturers don't include a small flash drive with drivers instead of a CD. Not enough of a problem to take an egg off.
Summary: For the assemble part, choose your parts wisely. Look at the gigabyte.us compatibility list for RAM, very important! I bought a GEIL but it wasn't on the list and even though it's 1.35V it wasn't supported. No way to boot. Also, it can't handle 4K video playback.
Pros: Small form factor. Relatively quiet (still a bit of fan noise) Quick enough Easy to assemble (see notes below) Easy on power.
Cons: Don't ever try, not quick enough for 4K decoding. (I have a Brix Pro i5-4570R to handle this Price is a bit steep if you factor in the RAM and mSATA SSD cost. Not such a big issue if you go for just 2.5"
Summary: Seriously, only a couple days of testing and I'm ecstatic to have found this product. I came from a custom built Dell Zino HD that had heat problems even when I tried to make it right. It was a great size and good enough for media PC but this Brix is EVEN BETTER!
Pros: >Case machined high quality - extremely accurate, well built. Vents are properly designed/positioned. >Internals are well laid out - hardware of high quality. >i3 is fast enough for most average use computing - I use it as media PC and have not heard the fan kick up during HD streaming. (Only 2 d...
Cons: >I was not initially a fan of the intel graphics hardware and driver - it was cumbersome to get it set to view properly on the TV using HDMI. Aspect ratio had to be manually adjusted BUT on the flip side, the graphics device software made it simplistic to adjust. To further con this con, this gra...
Summary: It also runs the pcb design software I use for my job, although I haven't tried to do that while also streaming video to the TV. I have built many, many pc's over the years and will probably not be buying any more ATX, mini ATX, nor even a micro ATX mobos.
Pros: Tiny. No more huge media pc for me. Can transport to other peoples house or to my shop no problem. Runs a 27" TV through HDMI wth full audio at max resolution.
Summary: I have added a Flirc dongle for Media Center remote capability and using my old Windows Media Center remote with it. On software side I am using Plex Home Theater and XBMC.
Pros: This is an excellent compact PC that will serve well as your media center PC. Putting it together was a snap. Just add the SO-DIMM memory and mSATA SSD modules and you're good to go. This unit can also take a standard 2.5" SSD. The Core i3 processor is good enough for most media center tasks. How...