A great little computer Mountain Lion and Yosemite work great
5 January 2015
Summary: A great little computer Mountain Lion and Yosemite work great . I took away one star since I had to return one because I thought it was bad. Turned out when the linux OS went to sleep. It wouldn't wake up, Tried unplugging the unit, clearing the CMOS jumper and it still wouldn't POST. Once my replacement unit arrived and did the same thing I knew something was up.
Summary: Got one of these to run openelc (XBMC embedded). Works perfectly. Added 2GB ram and outputs full HD flawlessly. Use it to stream live iptv via my vusolo box. No complaints. Quiet and discreet. Hidden behind the TV out of sight. Only con is no IR on the box, so had to add FLIRC (from Amazon) to use a remote control with it. Very pleased with the purchase. Slightly expensive after you add memory and mSATA drive. This should be priced <$150 then it's good value.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for an aging home theater PC and have been overall pleased. In terms of performance, this thing is a fine general purpose PC with enough power for general purpose tasks, as well as the ability to play 1080p movies via HDMI, my chief requirement. GPU accelerated playback is always smooth, but some less optimized applications (Netflix specifically) can be a little jumpy at times. Overall I give this product 4/5 eggs.
Pros: Fast boot Plays HD movies Small Quit Efficient
Summary: After the BIOS updated I mentioned in my las review, the final fix to the SSD boot / crash issue was to remove the Muskin label on the mSATA board to allow the Intel thermal pad to reduce the mSATA temperature. With the label, the mSATA board ran at 44C, after removal, it ran at 36C. Now it's reliable.
Pros: Tiny, fast, and drives two monitors. 3 USB ports and a GBE Ethernet port make it useful.
Cons: Can have intermittent boot / crash issues if not setup properly.
Summary: I installed the 0048 BIOS with no luck. Then I set Intel Dynamic Power Technology to OFF in the BIOS and that solved both the Win 7 blue screen issue and SSD boot problem. Also, for what it's worth, I set the video memory size to 64MB (it won't boot if set any higher), and I disabled legacy USB.
Pros: Tiny, fast, simple and should be reliable. Also quiet.
Cons: I had intermittent Windows 7 blue screen freezes and "no bootable device found" issues for a while. Happy that I seem to have found a fix for it (below).
Summary: I am using this as a Ubuntu home server for doing some development for a website idea I am playing around with. I did have some problems choosing a distro because some seemed to struggle with the install, but once everything has gotten up and running, it has stayed on for the past 2 months with no downtime. Would definitely recommend this for an inexpensive little linux box.
Pros: Small, low power, cheap(ish). This makes a great desktop for most of what I use it for (software development, but not heavy processing).
Cons: 1920x1200 is the max resolution it can output. This leaves my 1920x1280 monitor looking just a little off, and there is no way to raise the resolution limit. I get some audio hum during graphics operations.