Summary: I hope that Shuttle continues to improve this system as it is a perfect size and well constructed.
Pros: This is an update to my previous review to help clarify some points. 1st point: This system comes with two SATA ports and two mini PCie slots. The mPCie slots are stacked, one on top of each other. However the top slot accepts 50.8mm standard size mSATA SSD drives, while the bottom port is half size (26.8mm). I haven't tried installing a half size SSD drive yet in the bottom slot, but at some point I'll test it too. However the top slot (50.8mm) works perfectly with m...
Cons: Do not cover the vent holes in the top or this system will overheat.
Summary: I probably should have looked more closely. Saw 2 SATA ports and read reviews that said they used mSATA. Assumed could use mSATA with a 2nd SATA drive. 2 SATA ports (not mSATA) and only 1 power connector for SATA, Will have to live with a 7200 RPM 1TB drive (would have ordered differently.
Pros: Nice size, metal case, ability to chose the CPU
Cons: Would not power up. Sounded like a car with a dead battery. Of course Newegg was great handling the return, but now have to wait several weeks for new unit. HDMI only - no DVI port.
Summary: I've always like the quality of Shuttle computers. This is our company's favorite min-size computer. Shuttle did a great design job. Everyone is blow-away at how small these computers are. A desktop system the size of a paper-back novel. *Since the Power Supply is only 90 watts, you MUST use a lower-watt CPU for the i5 and i7, such as the i7-4790S, which is only 65 watts. Go to Shuttle's support list to check the CPU and memory that it supports.
Pros: 1) Nice metal case - strong and sturdy feel. 2) Supports a wide variety of Intel CPU's (Celeron, Pentium, i3, i5, i7) 3) Heat pipe/fan combo - very quiet yet cool to the touch. 4) 3 video ports (1 HDMI and 2 Display Ports) 5) Electronic soft-touch On/Off button. Wish all computers had them. 6) VESA mounting bracket for supported monitors included! 7) 8 USB ports! 8) Two mSata ports! 9) Supports any 2.5" slim drive too - easy mounting bracket install. 10) 2 Gb Ethernet...
Cons: 1) It would be nice to have a higher wattage power supply to support higher wattage CPU's (*see comment below). 2) Wish it had a second audio-out port on the back and not just the front. When setup as a desktop, all the cables attach to the back except for the audio port, which detracts from the look of the computer. Minor gripe. 3) Wish it had two USB3 front ports.
Pros: I have purchased about 10 of these so far. Fabulous little computers. Small, quiet, fast (if you put in a good cpu and SSD), and relatively inexpensive. Really impressed so far. Been using them going back to the previous version, and I've not had any problems with either model. Even bought one for home for streaming TV. works perfect. Dual nics and serial ports are a nice touch. Video port options are great.
Cons: Really nothing significant. Esata would be nice in place of one of the serial ports, but that's getting pretty picky.
Summary: I think I'd buy another one...but I might look for something that's a little bit larger and isn't as picky with RAM, CPU, and TDP. They really need to supply a more powerful power supply. I'll likely end up swapping this one out for something that can deliver more power without over heating so quickly.
Pros: This is an amazing little computer. I bought it to build a small DAW workstation. It fits WONDERFULLY in the limited space that I had for it.
Cons: This machine is INCREDIBLY picky about RAM and Processors. You have to follow their certified RAM. Don't deviate from it at all. Also watch your TDP. You can't exceed what they list. If you do, your power supply will QUICKLY over heat and then automatically shut itself down...thus quickly ending your computing experience...very abruptly. Honestly this power supply is incredibly under powered for what the internals can handle.
Summary: More ram, it would be nice if they had a model where you sacrifice the m-SATA and mini pci-e slots for more RAM Internal SD card slot would be nice Intel NIC options Fans at full speed are a bit noise. Do want to try and install PFsense directly to the box but for now its vitalized I am thinking of using theses little guys at work for a few projects we've got coming up, we'll have to see how this one holds up.
Pros: DS81 build Core I7-4790S @3.2GHz 16GB G. SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1600 Msata Mushkin 240GB SSD 2TB HGST 2.5" 5400 RPM Kingston 32GB SD card Dual NICs 8 USB ports This thing is small, fast & quiet runs, ESXi like a champ, dosen't skip a beat with 10 VMs running also dual boots to Windows Thin PC on the SSD
Cons: Power brick uses a C5 power cable, Not really a con since I've seen allot more of these now days. SD card doesn't go all the way in it sticks out abt half way Realtek NIC are tough, couldn't install ESXi 5.5 had to slipstream drivers from 5.1 No audio jacks on the back