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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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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Handles not only TV but most video formats -- including MKV. I don't know what the other reviewer spec'd out; all you need do is download the Win 7 or 8 Video drivers to get all of these formats available on a pass-thru basis. That said, some formats in 1080p won't be viewable. So downsize.

Cons: I bought this for $179. It would be a good value for about $59 IMO (honest or not) but $179 was way over-priced and rather quickly reduced it $100 or so. Story of my life with PCs...

The remote was difficult to work with right from the get-go, until I replaced the batteries. Go figure. Wish they would update the software for the hardware, too.

Sometimes (well about 50% of the time) you need to restart the system to get the signal and video to handshake properly, which is a bit of a pain, but it does work the second time around. All said, it might be less frustrating to just use a cable box.

ASUS GTX 600 GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST DirectX 11.1 GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Plug-in Card Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice size, feature set, works with every game I own (Solitaire I guess). Bought it for the cores and Adobe apps.

Cons: The $75 in-game offer that was included in the package actually expired April 30, 2013. It's now June 26th. I guess no one checks the little print.

Other Thoughts: Great card to waste $200 on. I mean that seriously. All my gamer friends think I'm an idiot for spending money on these more powerful graphic cards every 3 or so years when I don't game with them. But I use this computer for work and if it saves me 10 minutes a day or keep my eyesight from going buggy, it's worth the investment.

ASUS TS500-E6/PS4 Pedestal Server Barebone Intel 5500 Dual LGA 1366 Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great system and setup. Runs's my 2x 5160s w/48gb of ram surprisingly quiet (when it starts up it sounds like a helicopter taking off but then quiets down) and cool. No problems installing Win 2008R2 Hyper-V or Linux. I have 5 Win servers running concurrently.

Cons: Expandable to another 4 drives, except this costs about $400 additional and the disk board does not come with any ribbon cables so it's impossible to use! (Asus support told me that they don't sell the cage and card w/cabling, btw. I wonder if they actually have any buyers?)

Other Thoughts: I have 4 300GB WD 10K rpm drives and wanted to add a couple 1TB drives for shared drives but the expandability is problematic. For 500 more you can upgrade to the 8 drive version with a board that doubles the memory and the larger power supply, which is probably worth the price.


Frank M.'s Profile

Display Name: Frank M.

Date Joined: 03/24/03

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/31/09
  • Last Review: 05/26/14
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