Summary: I have been using this nettop as a all-in-one PC. I have added Broadcom crystal HD- h264 decoder and 1080p is as smooth as silk. I have custom added s/pdif digital audio output which can do 5.1 surround sound perfectly using Toslink cable. I am using this system as a file and print server as well.
Pros: -Low power usage -Low noise -small form factor -gigabit ethernet
Cons: -Bad heat sink design (Can be fixed by splitting the heat sink into two parts and attaching a cheap fan on top of the part which sits on top of the processor. -No digital audio output. ( Can be added, if you have hardware/soldering skills. Additionally, needs a modified bios inorder to enable the...
Summary: There were peripheral issues; my purchase back in February got very entangled as to rebate. I don't know that one can fault anything but the rebate system which is, I believe, existentially designed to thwart & discourage any actual rebate $$ happening, but...
Pros: I have reviewed this little box positively in a previous submission.
Summary: I reviewd this little box when I bought 2 last December. I just wanted to follow up. I bought a third one about 3 months ago for a Windows Home Server. WHS installed without any major issues. Because it it is based on server 2003 you have to use a few drivers with this box.
Pros: See My Previous Post. I'm adding More information after 8 months of use. Still running after being powered on 24x7 since last november. Still silent after all this time (one did suck some dust into it and i had to blow it out). Steel case (plastic beizel). this thing is solid and strong. This not...
Cons: See My Previous Post. I'm adding More information after 8 months of use. Only Complaints: *No Esata *2 Gig upper Limit *Out if stock at this time! I orderd the"MSI 6676-001BUS Intel Atom D510 (1.66GHz, dual-core) Intel NM10 Intel GMA 3150 Barebone " Instead since I have not seen it in stock for a...
Summary: Best Mini-ITX case and combo deal out there anywhere!
Pros: I have two of these machines running Ubuntu Linux. Love them! Just ordered a third from NewEgg. The new one has the Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor, but the two previous had the Intel Atom 270 single-core (which is pretty fast for a one-eyed, one-legged chip). Only 35 Watt power draw off the l...
Cons: * ON-OFF button jams when the case is opened.* SOLUTION: Touch it from both side of the open case to get it clicking on-off again. Happens every time I open the case. Once released from the stuck position, the switch works perfectly every time.
Summary: For the simple home server this box is ideal. Easy on the budget and easy to customize using bare drives and memory. Probably *not* a HTPC candidate, but I find it better to separate storage from playback.
Pros: Low power consumption - 25 Watts per my Kill-A-Watt. Runs Ubuntu Server beautifully. Runs cool and comes with a stand so it hides well behind a HDTV. 2 SATA ports + 6 USB ports makes it ideal for customizing hardware solutions without taking up too much space.
Cons: Case is somewhat hard to put together when it's been taken apart. Ended up having to file pieces of plastic off to get the front cover back on. Documentation written in better English would have helped.
Summary: like i said, 'buntu crapped after less than a week of usecomplains with the windows install disk that setup cant format the drive. i guess i learned to stay away from msi for sure if this was the box, i cant keep throwing money for wasting more hd drives so..
Pros: took me a asmall, nice idea but:
Cons: well after installing ubuntu, we crapped out not more than a week after install; not to mention windows would have a cow if there was no hd, it didnt want to even look to see what other options i had to install; couldnt trust the power button to work when front cover was on;
Summary: The fan, even at full speed isn't loud however, as its being throttled depending on system activity, it does have a distinct whir that can annoy some. Its honestly not a big deal to me. I use it for data backup on my network, as a print server, and for media sharing.
Pros: Low power draw, even under max load. Small form factor. Dual core at a decent price. Great for general use. Quiet.
Cons: 2GB memory limit. Bright blue LED power light (not really a con but, could be annoying to some). Fan Whir.
Summary: I installed windows 7 64bit. All drivers installed automatically. Windows 7 installed in about 30 minutes. Flash video plays smoothly. I have 2GB RAM and 2qty WD20EARS 2TB hard drives installed.
Pros: Small, inexpensive, solid construction. Windows 7 64bit installed, all drivers installed automatically. Works fine with WD20EARS 2TB hard drives.
Cons: Fan is loud. I can hear not just wind noise but the actual fan motor making a whirr noise. I am going to replace it with a VANTEC TF6025 60mm Case Fan. No PS2 ports, not a big deal. No eSATA but that's ok for the price.
Summary: Using as a file server and is very quick for that. Even the desktop environment is fluid. I did not try streaming or playing video to look for jerkiness, but for the size, power consumption, using 3 1/2" HDD, and price it can't be beat.
Pros: Small, quiet, cool running. Runs Ubuntu 9.10 Linux out of the box. Construction is firm and layout is well for such a tight fit. Responsive considering such a low power processor.