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This review is from: ECS BAT-I(1.2)/J1800 Intel Celeron J1800 2.41 GHz Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: Looks cool
Low power usage
Cons: Would not output video through HDMI
Would not boot from usb
Would not work with memory I already owned
14 day rebates are lame, and give less time for testing
Other Thoughts: This really is a cool little board, but it refusing to boot from usb was a deal breaker for me (was going to be a router, so the hdmi did not matter - vga worked fine). If I had a spare SSD around I probably would have kept it. If I could find low capacity SSD's, 16gb or less, for a really low cost, I probably would have kept it.
Somewhat off topic, but it still surprises me that in spite of how SSD's are so well suited to use for operating system drives and not storage, and that most linux operating systems would do just fine with 12-16gb of space (or less), that no one seems to make them that small. The 32gb models the few times I've checked seemed to be a terrible value for the money compared to 64gb+ models. And 64gb+ just seems stupidly large for any os drive where you do not need storage for other things. So then, usb drives are the closest I've found, and in particular the sandisk extreme usb 3.0 16-32gb, and that was going to be the drive for this particular build. No usb booting means I would have had to buy a more expensive drive, thereby killing whatever good deal this ecs board could have been for me (besides the additional money for compatible memory I already spent).
I really like these ECS embedded boards, but be prepared to have to order memory using their Qualified Vendors List. Also, the 14 day rebates kind of suck, because in the event that the memory you have does not work and you have to order more and wait, you might not have much time if any to test anything. Also, if the board does not post, and you get no beeps, and you've got no video, there is a GOOD chance that it is just the memory not being compatible with the board, or some connection may not be seated properly (i would reseat everything, psu, memory, etc). I have never needed the QVL for an asus board, but the ECS boards I've gotten have yet to work with whatever memory I happen to have on hand.
So even with the few issues I've had, I'm still kind of an ecs fan. I've done 2 builds with ecs boards, and both have cost me more money/hassle than I was planning, but ECS embedded boards with a rebate are the best value for the money I've seen (especially if your memory works). Will definitely try again at some point.
Pros: Low cost
Cons: None thus far..
Other Thoughts: Would definitely consider more of these for future needs. Cost effective and versatile design.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great looking unit
Very well made
Cons: None thus far..
Other Thoughts: I've owned this product for a few months now and would definitely recommend it. Most of the things I could say about the unit are already covered in the literature promoting it, so I'll mention a few things that hopefully will be helpful to someone. For those wondering how the latching mechanism works out in practice, I found that the latching mechanism works very well but does take a moment to get use to. For instance, the latching mechanism must be in the open position in order to insert the drive fully into the bay. I did not find that intuitive at first, but now don't even notice (do it by habit). Definitely a unique design and has worked consistently and reliably. All the miniature parts that make it work look intelligently layed out. Looks like the unit will last a long time.
Also, for those with cases that may have clearance issues (such as a cover), 1/8 of an inch is how far the lock sticks past the front of the unit, so an 1/8 of an inch should be considered the minimum clearance required. Measurements were made with a tape measure vs. a more precise tool like a caliper, but should be close (also keep in mind that pc bays generally have a little play in them, so even a hair less than an 1/8" might work). I was able to install this unit in the Corsair Obsidian 550D without issue (it does hit and indent the foam on the front panel, but does not contact the metal door at all, a near perfect fit).
Also, I'm using this with a couple of Samsung SSD's and have found that heat buildup is not an issue at all. The drives stay quite cool even without any fan.
In short, the build quality is exceptional and does everything that I need it to.