Really Nice HTPC
Pros: Small Form Factor, great performance, usb 3.0, really as complete a unit as you will find short of sourcing and building a machine yourself.
Cons: No OS included, for the price it would be nice to see Windows 7 loaded as this machine really seems to be built for that OS.
Other Thoughts: Initially loaded Linux Mint. I am not a linux guru so I could not get full functionality. Such as audio over hdmi, remote control and wireless N encrypted networking.
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Almost Perfect HTPC
Pros: Intel i3, DDR3, 6 analog audio jacks and onboard 7.1, Gigabit LAN, HDMI built in. Fits my needs nicely for a small 1080p capable HTPC. Attach a USB or Network Cablecard tuner and you're all set. Has no problem driving main 1080p display and 2 Linksys 2200 MCE extenders at the same time. Smoooooth bluray playback.
Cons: Unlike my previous Dell Zino HD the ASRock uses a 2.5 laptop HD rather than a full size 3.5. No real performance difference day to day but more built-in capacity possible with a 3.5. Also they really need to change the name of the company -- ASRock is in pretty big print on the front f the case ;)
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“Intel i3, DDR3, 6 analog audio jacks and onboard 7.1, Gigabit LAN, HDMI built in. Fits my needs nicely for a small 1080p ...”— JG 7/26/2010
“Small Form Factor, great performance, usb 3.0, really as complete a unit as you will find short of sourcing and building ...”— southillsbrewguy 10/8/2010