Summary: Have 2 of these for XBMC and as front ends for MythTV one of them for almost 2 years. Couldn't be happier. Paired them with 4GB ram and a 320GB HDD and they play everything I throw at them without even breathing hard.
Machine works OK, support and documentation is weak
Khaja Ahmed, Amazon
8 January 2012
Summary: I bought a bunch of these machines to setup a mini test data center. There is no meaningful documentation with the PC. Worse yet, the support web site / company website have nothing to supplement the meager booklets that come with the PC.
Summary: I purchased this based on the description that the unit was a full pc and not a barebone. The description does not indicate whether the unit comes with or does not come with memory or a hard drive. When I rcvd the unit, I discovered ther in fact is NO HDD or MEMORY.
Summary: I bought this PC for my HTPC (to upgrade my current Popcorn Hour A100). I installed XBMC live 10.x (I don't remember the precise revision) out of the net in about half an hour and it worked without any problem, right out of the CD.
Summary: We just replaced all of our staff computers at our business with these little computers [22 of them]. They are run windows 7 and Office 2010. I installed a 6gb/sec SSD drive and 4gb ram in all of them. The entire staff loves them. All media content streams quickly, no breakup.
Pros: Easy to set up; great design; plenty of USB ports; versatile when it comes to tight spaces; quiet; two DDR2 slots; dedicated video; HDMI/DVI/D-sub options for video; many OS options; for a 1.8 dual core--pretty nimble even with Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
Cons: I've found this unit on other websites for as little as $179.00, so I think the price could be a bit lower.
Summary: Plugged in a $25 2 GB RAM and a $50 500 GB, installed Linux and the machine is complete! Despite one of the commenters above had trouble with WiFi on 64 bit Ubuntu, mine works out of the box and keeps a stable connection.
Pros: Dual core CPU and a Nvidia ION graphics pulls 1080 Home Theater PC duty with ease. Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit install was a breeze. Comes with a vertical stand, a wall mount, and little knobs on the side to put it horizontally. Also in the box was a DVI to VGA adapter.
Cons: Could not get HDMI audio to work. After having spent a few hours gave up on it and settled for analog (headphone out). It looks like optical (digital) audio is recognized, while HDMI is the fault of a faulty Nvidia driver. Hopefully a driver update will resolve this.
Summary: I tried several tweaks while running W7 64bit to see if it would improve the speed a little, it did, but not by much. After doing some extensive online research I noticed the following: The Atom processor is a low end power saving CPU, so running a memory intensive OS like W7 64 bit slows it down.
Pros: Works much better and faster with W7 32 bit than with 64 bit. Even faster with Ubuntu.
Cons: I have 4 Gigs of memory, so downgrading to the 32 bit version of W7 I loose almost a gig of ram. While running W7 64 bit, things were just running slowly – even just opening the browser.