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GIGABYTE GB-BXi5-4570R 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200 Black Mini-PC Barebone
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's very small. I mean, the pictures and measurements indicate that it isn't very big, but I didn't really grasp how minuscule this thing is till it was physically sitting in the palm of my hand. And I don't have big hands.

The power of this device, in conjunction with its size, (and price since I got it on a ridiculous sale) is almost awe-inspiring. A desktop 4-core processor, 16gigs of 1600MHz DDR3 (provided by me) and an SSD (also provided by me) make this machine extraordinarily responsive. It will even play some games, though you have to pay attention to texture sizes due to the limited dedicated graphics memory. To get from power-button press to working in Win7Pro64 takes less than 20 seconds.

Cons: Okay, so I thought I new what I was getting into when I purchased this item. Like most folks, I read reviews before I pulled the trigger and noticed that, at the time of my purchase, roughly 18% of the reviews were 1 star. This means one (or a combination) of two things: 1) QC sucks and almost 1 out of 5 are DOA bricks – no pun intended, or 2) many people who have struggled with the device lacked the patience and/or skill to overcome the fickle hardware/software issues. And if I hadn't caught this bad boy on a serious sale, I wouldn't have bothered with it.

That said, it took me almost 20 hours to get Win7Pro64 up and running smoothly. And when I say 20 hours, I'm not glossing over sleep, pee breaks, or rage quits. No, I mean 20 actual hours. It was one of my least pleasant computer experiences (of which I have quite a few) ever. 20 hours. <shudder> I still have nightmares. Here are some highlights:

First it was a display problem: mini DP-DVI wouldn't show BIOS POST.
Bought an HDMI cable to get video from BIOS level.
Hardware wouldn't recognize my 3 year old SSD.
Researched CSM and figured out the problem.
After installing Win7 I thought I was fine.
The cake was a lie.
Installing the Intel video driver killed Win7 and my inner child.
It did this repeatedly. Over and over.
Switched back to mini DP-DVI adapter.
That helped, but I was stuck at standard HD (vice QHD) resolutions and no BIOS POST.
Win7 update process failed multiple times at various stages requiring reinstall.
Also, wake from sleep and hibernate were iffy (a pet peeve).
Somewhere in there was also intermittent wireless USB mouse lag.
The lag was apparently introduced by the video drivers. I have no idea why.
The lag became so bad as to render the mouse useless.
Wept. Some more.
In a moment of sobbing desperation, I realized my monitor had a display port.
Marveled at the non-fruit based monitor support of the display port format.
Bandaged multiple self-inflicted wounds.
Bought a display port cable.
Reinstalled Win7.
I can't remember what I did about those video drivers. My therapist called it “repression.”
Windows updated without spewing hate.
No mouse lag.
Sleep and hibernate worked.
Rejoiced but walked (well, hobbled really) away with a new appreciation for the ominous 18% 1 star rating.

Other Thoughts: So, would I recommend this product to others? Well... sorta. On the one hand, once you get it working properly it is a truly marvelous computing device. On the other hand, getting it to that state is like having a kidney removed. With a rusty spork. And no anesthesia. Through your nasal cavity. While being set on fire.

If you're contemplating a QHD monitor to use in conjunction with this device, do yourself a favor and get one with a display port.

Now that I have a disk image with OS and drivers fully installed and updated, I would totally buy another one if they went on sale again.

TL/DR? Give one of these to someone you hate.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete 5 Device 1 Year - Download
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: good protection
small footprint
good price -- especially if you wait for special deals

Cons: a tad expensive if you don't wait for annual deals

Other Thoughts: i run a total 9 devices across various platforms: ios, linux, osx (oem and hackintosh), win7, and android. on those devices where antivirus software makes sense, i've run webroot since 2011. it's not always the very best, but it's consistently at the top in terms of heuristics and footprint.

this product is often discounted on newegg. when you hit your expiration date, don't renew on the webroot site -- you won't get a good discount that way. instead, check back here (and/or other places) to see if they have a deal going (which they almost always do). if you do this, you can keep up to 5 machines protected for less than $20/year. sure, this method requires a couple extra steps from the user, but it saves upwards of $30.

HGST Ultrastar A7K2000 HUA722010CLA330 (0A39289) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: good price. still running fine after 1+ year.

Cons: none.


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Date Joined: 12/02/06

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  • Last Review: 05/09/16
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