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Pros: I have reviewed this little box positively in a previous submission.
Cons: None as to the machine.
Other Thoughts: There were peripheral issues; my purchase back in February got very entangled as to rebate.
I don't know that one can fault anything but the rebate system which is, I believe, existentially designed to thwart & discourage any actual rebate $$ happening, but...
There was a huge effort by the service people at both MSI and Newegg (special thanks! to Serina Z -from wherever she may operate-)
And in the mail today was a rebate check from BOTH MSI and Newegg. Glory Be!
I suppose I shall return the Newegg check as they did get me the $$ but were not really responsible for the rebate.
So anyway..a lo-ong travail...but thanks to both Institutions AND their patient and persistent service people.
Too bad it isn't a smoother process.
Pros: Exactly what I sought in small form factor box.
Worked out of the box. Initially ran a linux distro off the SD card but then installed an IDE (bought the Rosewill IDE<=>Sata2 adapter from Newegg). Nice piece.
If you don't have SATA drive you'll also need power Y-splits and do SATA power with a Molex connector.
Be careful in installing drives. There is a small 4 pin connector which has to be disconnected to get the drive cage out. It CAN be replugged into an immediately adjacent identical receptacle...and make the unit non-functional. Just watch the (dis-)assembly.
WAS concerned re: IO and linux...but the small Adesso mini-trackball keyboard was fine...all USB, of course.
Lovely compact little thing ...just right for a kitchen application
Cons: The rebate application was both difficult and rejected sort of 'off the bat'...
Very unresponsive rebate tracking system.
Sort of standard for the whole rebate scam so widely practiced.
Other Thoughts: Newegg should be more responsible. [Little like the Department of the Interior and BP...in the Gulf...isn't]
I'm just dumb - I keep getting sucked in.
The instructions are typical Chinese start-up. Very garbled,
sketchy but they'll improve as these things always do.
Display Name: J T.
Date Joined: 05/11/09
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