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This review is from: LIVA X 2GB/32GB Mini PC
Pros: 1. worked out of the box using a USB stick
Using this as my Digital picture frame I install a puppy linux version and added the console program feh. open a terminal window and type the commands and it can search down through all my folders in my Pictures directory.
bought a cheep AOC LED 22' monitor for a little over $100 and this box for $100 including shipping. Ran Kodi on it and it worked but just barely. you could play a local movie, you could stream. But you had to do one thing at a time and dont ask it to do anything else while a movie was running. but what do you expect from an atom processor?
2. really small form factor.
Its small fits in your hand
3. has HDMI and VGA
if you still need VGA this has it for you but it still has the HDMI
Cons: 1. Price
When I first saw this it was $85 now its up $160? I think you would be better served going with the $200 Gigabyte Brix with the projector lot more computing power. When these were $85 to say $110 I would say great deal, now that they are around $160 I think you would be better served going with something else
2. eMMC card
I tried but couldnt get it to boot off the eMMC card.
Look in these reviews and I think someone got it to work, and gives you what to try, but after spending some time with it, and it didnt work, I didnt feel like spending more time on it. Sound like from what I read you need windows 10 or a newer Ubuntu to make it work off the built in eMMC card. Its formatted in eFat? and only really recent OS can read it or know what it is, but dont take my word for it Im going from memory on what I read on the internet!
Other Thoughts: For what I used it for it worked great it's small comes with a VESA mount and does what I want it to do.
if you rather spend $160 for an atom processor computer than $200 for an i-3 it wont do you wrong just know what to expect from it. I gave it 4 stars based on the price I paid for it and knock the star off because of the eMMC diffculty.
Pros: 1. Easy Set up, Ran out of the box
Im using XMBC (now KODI) in this box already had a the OS (linux based) on a USB stick. Just inserted the stick and it booted right up. Changed the monitor in settings menu of XBMC off the default to the HDMI and the sound to the HDMI and I was up and running (memory installed Prior to boot without a hitch)
2. Small size but desktop performance
This thing fits in the palm of you hand but has an i-3 processor. It runs better than the last i-3 build I did and handles Blue ray video fine. My wife streams her shows and we watch movies from the hard drive plugged into the USB3 ports
3. lots of 4 USB 3 ports HDMI and Display port SDIF and a projector!
this thing is cheeper than any other SFF with an i-3 processor, has tons of ports compared to some others, and if you go shopping as of this writting you'll pay less for this one than anything else in its size and computing power. The projector works wouldnt want to use it for the main display all the time but it looked OK
Cons: Really? this thing is too cool but Ive only owned it for a 2 weeks and havent updated the bios and wont be using windows on it. so no cons yet.
Other Thoughts: Even though I havent owned it long Im using it every night. My wife watchs her TV shows, and usally we watch a movie on Kodi through a Yamaha Neo YMC-700 and then to a Benq 1080p projector Movies are great of 60' wide screen. I like it so much that I ordered anotherREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H61N-USB3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Works well using I-5 with no built in video, Nvidia card. Its a real Stable board , everything works USB 3 Esata, Sata, HDMI, VGA
Analog Sound USB 2 (didnt try Digtal sound outs)
Cons: It has BIOS text screen so if you were looking for fancy UEFI bios screen its not there. I tried to install Windows 7 and 8 (the beta test version) with a GPT drive, but they wouldnt take. (worked fine with MBR drive) I thought that it was possible with UEFI but I was just experimenting, and Im not sure if Im right. Other than that I really like the board, I have two of them
Other Thoughts: Cant go wrong with this board even has an IDE mode in case things arent recognized in the operating system your installing. Windows worked in native SATA but Clonezilla only worked with IDEREAD FULL REVIEW