Summary: All the features listed are there and give good value and good replacement system for XP users. However, the unit description doesn't mention the optical drive is lightscribe capable, a feature I use. I thought I would have to buy a drive and replace the built-in one. Also, the unit came with a multi-media interface for five different memory cards. With Windows 7 which will not expire until January 2020, you would be hard press to get this much at such a low price.
Pros: The PC itself works as expected. Just using it to monitor surveillance cameras and record over the air T.V. broadcasts. I rated it 1 egg because it was supposed to ship with a Windows 7 Professional CD because there is not backup partition on the small hard drive it came with.
Cons: It was supposed to ship with a Windows 7 Professional CD because there is not backup partition on the small hard drive it came with.
Pros: cheap- but not really for all these headaches.
Cons: SAVE YOUR $$$. Buy something better.I bought 2 of these to run linux on but they are very slow. 2. Bios issues and keep crashing. I installed Win 7 and Linux but still crashing. I I swiped out RAM, DVD but still some issues. system keeps crashing and booting up itself.
Summary: The computer arrived very well packaged and the unit is in good shape cosmetically. However, I never would have purchased this computer if I had really known what I was getting. I can't fault the refurbisher, since everything works, but if the specs had been more detailed I would not have purchased nor would I recommend that anyone else do so. There are other refurbished computers that are much better values in this price range.
Pros: Small form factor. Clean. Worked out of the box.
Cons: Ancient technology. This computer is equipped with an AMD Athlon 64 3500+, single core, socket 939 CPU and 512 MB RAM DIMMS.
Summary: Think about what you will use this for, and if you bring up half a dozen applications, or browser windows, or tabs in a browser, you probably want more than 2GB of RAM. Look at RAM recommendations for Quicken, Turbo TAX and other apps you use to see if this will fit your needs.
Pros: Small form factor, but still able to use low cost but capable graphics cards. I used one of these with Windows 7 and XBMC to build an HTPC capable of reaching content on my NAS and it works great.
Cons: RAM capacity is the chokepoint. I only use this for XBMC, so not an issue, but if this were used as a desktop PC with a browser and a few other applications running, performance would be impacted by things paging. In my HTPC build I got around this, for the most part, by using an SSD as the OS drive. They are cheap enough now to make this usable.
Summary: Should play decade+ old games without much issue, but I bet you can't even play D2 online without lag.
Pros: For everything you get its a decent deal (was gonna take Win 7 key[the only thing in the whole package worth more than $15), DVD burner, HDD and ram, scrap the rest, its all garbage- which is why I thought the Shell shocker price might be something more reasonable)