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ASRock E3C224D4I-14S Extended mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C224 DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Nice board but Extended Mini-ITX was an issue 04/28/2014

This review is from: ASRock E3C224D4I-14S Extended mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C224 DDR3 1600/1333

Pros: Supports ECC ram, has two SAS ports for SATA breakout cables, would make a nice home built NAS motherboard.

Cons: Beware: this motherboard is "Extended Mini-ITX" and is larger in dimensions than a standard Mini-ITX board. It did not fit in my Silverstone DS380B case, it prevented the PSU from being mounted in the case. Minus 2 stars for proprietary sizing.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board to use in a Silverstone DS380B nas Mini-ITX form factor case and this motherboard's dimensions are too big to fit properly preventing the PSU from being mounted. Make sure your case can fit this board, if it's a tight Mini-ITX case, it might not fit. I kept the motherboard and bought a different less optimal case so it would fit.

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Ceton Echo – Windows Media Center Extender Watch Live & Recorded TV/HDTV Access Personal Media Libraries on Any TV on Home Network, HDMI Interface, Remote Included
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very small Windows MCE Extender, much smaller footprint than an XBOX360. Simple setup (updating firmware should be task #1) and powered with a USB cable (ac adapter included) which you can plug into TV if it has a powered USB port.

Cons: Internal CPU isn't quite fast enough to keep up 100% of the time. It works ok on regular channels ,but if you hit a high action HD channel it can lag. I was trying to watch some of the NCAA Tourny on it and it would lag badly. I also cannot stress how much I hate the included remote control. The buttons are way too close together, anyone with fingers bigger than a five year old will really struggle with some of the buttons and mash unwanted buttons. The only good side is that the unit will work with just about any MCE compatible remote, so I replaced it easily enough. Also, the line of sight for the remote to work properly is basically a straight line. If you are off center even a little (up or down), you will need to do some remote waving in the air to make it work at all.

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's not a terrible product, but it could be so much better. A slightly faster CPU and a better remote would really go a long way to making this a much better product.

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2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard 2.4G Trackball Mouse IR Learning Remote Controller for Smart TV, Set-top box, Google TV, HTPC
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Wasn't on the same freq as a different mini-keyboard I own, keyboard half did work.

Cons: Awkward shape in hand, doesn't feel like a remote. I bought this for use with XBMC running on a linux system, the keyboard side worked ok, the buttons are too spongy and also don't feel right. The remote side didn't work at all on linux or with XBMC. There are several other brands of usb mini-keyboards that are far superior to this model.

Other Thoughts: The only reason I didn't rate this the lowest possible rating is that the keyboard side did actually work even though it felt awkward and the keys are very annoying. I didn't try this on Windows at all, so YMMV.

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Display Name: Jack V.

Date Joined: 10/02/04

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 05/28/08
  • Last Review: 04/28/14
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