Summary: I suppose it could have more in the way of expansion slots, etc, but for what it is I think it's great. Would buy again for a home theater setup or just a cheap, good looking build for family. Add memory, drives, and proc and you're done!
Pros: Good build quality, solid construction. About the size of an original XBOX. Roomier than the small Shuttles I've worked with, yet similar in volume. Media extras like card reader/DVI a big plus, as well as price. For the cost of a mid-level motherboard you get motherboard, case, power supply, hea...
Cons: Case cover is the sleeve type, a little tricky to get back on. Tape keeping front doors closed left a slight sticky smudge when removed.
Summary: Wouldn't boot at first, was getting 1 long 2 short beeps, that code means your ram is bad, replaced the ram and it worked fine! Great price for this little machine, just beware of the tight PCI space.
Pros: I picked this up to build a PVR machine. I was looking for something small that had most of what i wanted built in. The built in DVI out was probably the most important feature, so i can hook it up to an HDTV with a dvi-hdmi cable. It is very small, which is good and also very quiet. Just add som...
Cons: Tight space inside. Everything went together fine, except for the tv tuner card (Hauppauge 150), which barely fit in the space for the pci slot, and it would only fit in one of the two slots because of the way the metal casing on the riser card is. Make sure the card that you're installing isnt m...
Summary: there are 2 sata ports on the board, not 1 as the newegg specs say. had an extra 939 chip and some ddr lying around, otherwise I may have bought the am2 version (which has exactly the same specs, 'cept for am2 and ddr2). be nice to fit another internal hd but there is just no room.
Pros: darn small. wanted something small but with 2 pci slots and a relatively powerful psu. it is pretty quiet. nvidia ethernet well supported by linux. for the price there is nothing else close to this good.
Cons: darn small. it is jammed inside. better get an sata optical drive, the ide cable just makes an ugly mess. nvidia vga not so well supported by linux (I will never use the proprietary binary driver)
Pros: This unit is a sleek looking and quite machine.
Cons: Unfortunately, this card doesn't have a powersupply adequite enough to power an HD3000 card and a PVR 350 at the same time. There are no after market powersupply that will fit in this case. So for me it can't be used as a mythtv media center.
Summary: Bought two of these for my 80 year old parents. They are quiet and take up little desk space. The 2 PCI's are used up by a Hauppage PVR150 and ZONET Wireless. I have them connected to 32" LCD's so they can watch TV and surf at the same time.
Pros: Small, Quiet and everything you need for a basic HTPC box on additional TV's or for use as a basic computer. Nvidia 6150 video with DVI!
Cons: Limited drive space (one) so make sure you get the size you'll need for later. Pick a quiet DVD Drive! That's the only thing I hear in the case. Only 2 PCI slots.
Summary: Losing one of the PCI slots for a PCI-E would have been nice, but since both slots stem from one PCI slot on a riser card, I guess that wouldn't be too feasable except with a proprietary riser card.
Pros: Small; quiet; everything needed is bundled, including hs/fan, ide and sata cables; assembly comes apart very cleanly and easily. Software drivers easy to setup, practically the same as the Asus mATX 939 board.
Cons: I needed more usb ports for my usb tv tuner, usb MCE ir receiver, usb wifi, and usb hd tv tuner; so I threw in a PCI usb card in there. When initially started, CPU fan will blast like a hair dryer for 2 seconds before Q-Fan kicks in. Worst thing: mine came from the factory with the psu set at 220...
Pros: Quiet, small, fuctional, works well with linux. This is a great case for my MythTV on Ubuntu setup I've got.
Cons: MY one PVR-150 barely fit, I don't know if I'll be able to get two in there without some fiddling, it will be interesting when I order the second. Blue leds are too bright, although that's not hard to fix if it's a problem.
Summary: Using a 3200+, 2GB RAM, Linksys WMP54G WLAN NIC, dinovo keyboard set. Outputing to a Samsung 46" DLP via DVI.
Pros: HDTV optimized output settings, HD audio makes a difference. Pretty good deign and build quality. DVI output! Great card reader - load the card reader software which is a nice touch by Asus. Great price for the features.
Cons: Gets a bit warm. Installation was a bit tough, but expected. Only 2 USB ports on the rear. Why is the optical audio output in the front?