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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Summary: Using this for netflix, browsing, youtube, minor gaming with big HDTV in the living room. Works great.
Pros: Compact. Easy setup. Works great so far. The bundle with the Mushkin 120GB SSD is a good value.
Cons: No power cord? Are you kidding me? Would be nice if it had a regular audio jack. The only audio out is HDMI, and unless you have an HDMI-switching receiver, or reroute audio back out from your TV, it is hard to get sound. I bounght a $8 USB audio dongle, it works fine. By the time you connect USB...
Summary: Using this as a headless SageTV server with iSCSI ReadyNAS storage. Plenty of horsepower for transcoding. Only concern is the longevity of the laptop style cooling fan.
Pros: - Small size - 3 year warranty - Low power consumption - Beefy processor - Intel Gigabit ethernet - Quiet - Fast boot (less than 10 seconds)
Cons: - Idiotic Intel jingle instead of a power cord - Runs hot... can overheat if WIFI card installed under the mSATA card - No 2.5" drive support despite plenty of space for one - Plastic top and bottom pieces. Aluminum covers would have been better for heat dissipation - VGA output would have been m...