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DELL Inspiron 660s (i660s-779BK) Desktop PC Celeron G1610 (2.6GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First Celeron PC I have used since the 300a (remember that one? If you don't... Get off my lawn!) Adequately powered for basic tasks. This is a parent PC and is perfectly suited for the task.

Comes with a keyboard and mouse, though they are pretty cheap.

Cons: As already mentioned expect to uninstall a fair amount of bloatware. Not as bad as other machines I've set up and it was all easy to uninstall. I haven't seen any nagging popups as mentioned by the other reviewer though I uninstalled *everything* that wasn't required including the Dell "support" applications that Dell will tell you is required to get support from them. The only time I'll call Dell is if there is a hardware failure under warranty. Life is too short to spend time on the phone with them diagnosing a software problem.

Doesn't support dual monitors via the built-in VGA and HDMI connectors. Can accept a 1/2 height PCI-Express x16 card, though the small power supply limits your choices. You wouldn't do this for performance, just for dual-monitor support.

Other Thoughts: Build quality is OK. Reminds me of the Vostro line. Basic design with a flimsy plastic facade. You will also want to purchase a 16GB USB thumb drive to use to create the "restore disk". No using DVDs anymore (?). I suggest using the Windows restore disk utility since the Dell backup software doesn't seem to be able to detect USB flash drives.

Speaking of the restore disk, it will not be updated when you update the system to 8.1 so a subsequent restore will revert the system to 8.0 (with all the bloatware). This makes sense, but is unfortunate. If you have the technical chops and a spare older HDD you would be better served by removing the bloatware, updating to 8.1, then imaging the disk and putting that on a shelf.

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Foxconn nT425-0h0w-W-A-NA Intel PineView-D Intel GMA White Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs NIC incompatible with CentOS (PIAF) 02/08/2012

This review is from: Foxconn nT425-0h0w-W-A-NA Intel PineView-D Intel GMA White Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Small. Quiet. Can boot from the SD card slot. Nice little system.

Cons: The network interface (Atheros L1) is not compatible with CentOS which is the base distribution for PBX in a Flash (PIAF). Download speeds are fine but it has serious transmit issues. Would have been great for a SOHO PIAF platform if not for the poorly supported network chip.

Other Thoughts: The poster who said this requires an SSD is wrong. You just need a 2.5" hard drive

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SYBA Model SY-ADA15006 USB to Serial Adapter Prolific PL2303 chipset
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Avoid this product 08/11/2011

This review is from: SYBA Model SY-ADA15006 USB to Serial Adapter Prolific PL2303 chipset

Pros: None

Cons: These devices are garbage. There is a reason *recent* drivers from Prolific's website do not work. Google "Prolific driver error code 10". They are not using genuine prolific USB->Serial chips. You can get older drivers to work but even when you do the devices are not reliable.

Other Thoughts: If you want to save yourself a headache spend a few bucks more on a USB-Serial converter. I've used the Sabrent SBT-FTDI or Tripp Lite U209-000-R without issue.

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Display Name: Richard T.

Date Joined: 03/14/05

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 10/18/06
  • Last Review: 12/31/13
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