- Celeron 887 (1.50 GHz)
- Standard Memory 2 GB Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM 320 GB HDD
- Linpus Linux
A VERY modable little nettop box 11/01/2013
1. Very low power consumption, between 11 to 13W at the outlet when idle.
2. The cheapest complete computer you can get right now.
3. 1.5ghz dual core ulv sandy bridge processor celeron 887
4. 2 SODIMM slots for expandability and dual channel capability
5. Intel 82579V gigabit ethernet. (Acer's driver for windows is broken)
6. Surprise! It has an unlisted msata slot
7. Atheros a/b/g/n dual band wireless with bluetooth 4.0 (AR5BWB222)
8. Relatively easy disassembly without warranty void stickers covering screw holes.
9. Very quiet. Uses a single heatpipe cooler of the type you'd normally find in a laptop. When I put my ear about an inch or 2 up against the exhaust grill, I can barely hear it.
10. Pictures might not show, but it comes with an Acer branded USB keyboard and optical mouse.
11. The 2GB memory stick is a DDR3 1600 module by Kingston, but YMMV.
12. 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front. 4 USB 2.0 ports on the back. (HM70 chipset brings a pair natively)
13. Windows 7 and 8 drivers available on Acer's website.
It's only a celeron 887...but if I needed more, I'd have paid more for the core i3 or i5 variant.
Would have been perfect had this come with a more recent chip like the celeron 1007u or 1037u, but this is most likely an older stock clearance item.
Runs a bit warm for my tastes, 42C at idle, can get up to 67C when benchmarking, but I hear that's pretty good for a case that's barely a liter in volume.
The windows LAN driver on Acer's website is corrupt or something, hope they fix it soon. Since it's an Intel 82579V, get it from Intel's website.
Slow 5400rpm WD Scorpio Blue laptop drive I got in mine was slow, but nothing special to rant about.
msata slot appears to be sata 2
Price dropped $8 the day after I ordered it.
I originally bought this nettop to replace an m-itx mini box I made for torrenting and remoting purposes I could leave on 24/7.
I powered up the computer as is to get a feel for what the stock machine was like. Linpus ran fairly well with the few applications I ran on it to test it. Couldn't even get Chrome to load, but that's more my lack of experience with Linux than the hardware's fault.
On to Windows:
Blew out the install of Linpus and installed a VL copy of windows 7 Pro x64, installed my standard suite of security and testing software. Performance was ok. A lot of page file usage due to the 2GB memory. Decided it was time to try upgrading: Found a 2GB stick of Mushkin DDR3 1066 in the bottom of my kit bag. The Veriton liked it. Even went dual channel at 1066. Was about to swap out the laptop HDD when I noticed the empty msata slot. Had a moment of indecision, use my rather old 4 year old 2.5" SSD or try out the msata slot?
After a quick run out to the local computer parts warehouse, managed to score a refurbished Crucial M4 128gb SSD for a reasonable price. Installed everything, cloned the HDD to the SSD and things are running pretty nicely. 1080p videos play quite smoothly on media player classic. Not so smoothly on VLC. Basic computer and net use is very snappy. As with any Intel HD powered computer, 3D gaming performance is terrible. Skip this device if 3D gaming is important to you.
If you want to make a basic linux powered media streamer or a basic windows powered desktop, it's hard to beat this nettop at this price, especially if you like to tinker.
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