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Easy to set up
Simple to use
Slot Load DVD drive
UPGRADABLE TO 8GB RAM!!!
Cons: Asus Bloatware (but let's be honest, that's on every prebuilt computer)
No Bluetooth (easy fix with $20 adapter)
Other Thoughts: I purchased this to use as a home theater computer with the primary use of running XBMC. I haven't used XBMC very much yet, but I am very impressed with this little guy. It won't replace a modern gaming system, but it works great for music, movies, and retro gaming. One top feature in my opinion is that since it runs Windows, I can watch videos on network websites; something my Logitech Revue couldn't handle.
For those who want to know, this can handle 8GB of RAM. To be honest, I haven't ran a stress test with 8GB installed, but the BIOS and Windows both report 8GB now that I have made the upgrade.
I have connected a few devices without any issues. I use a Logitech K400 lapboard, and a Logitech DiNovo Mini. I have also connected a wired Xbox controller to it.
XBMC runs great, as does Chrome browser for Netflix viewing. I also installed ZSNES for playing old school games and that ran without a hitch. I plan to also run NES, Genisis, and maybe even N64 emulators on this system (if I can find a controller to support that many buttons).
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to set up a home theater PC.
Pros: Lowest priced 8GB upgrade.
Cons: As a lot of people said already, still seems a bit expensive, but worth it
Other Thoughts: I was looking to give my M1330 an upgrade to extend its life a little longer until more Core i5 laptops become available. I'm already running Win7 Pro 64 bit with an OCZ Vertex 128GB SSD. This was a perfect upgrade to give my laptop a few more months of use. I use VMWare workstation on a daily basis, and the added RAM allows me to run more VMs simultaneouslyREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast boot times
Fast access times
7.3 score in Windows 7 x64 for disk date transfer rate
Slightly longer battery life
Cons: The usual price vs size argument.
Other Thoughts: I dropped this into a Dell XPS m1330 to install Windows 7 Professional x64 and I have yet to regret the decision. In the past, I have tried Patriot Warp and OCZ Core SSDs, and both were subpar. After deciding that the third time is a charm, I picked up the Vertex and this drive flies.
It came with the current firmware installed, so I didn't have to flash or even reformat it. I still had to do a few tweaks such as disabling auto defrag, but so far I have not experienced any issues.
Size was a factor in my decision to get the 120GB version. I used to have a 500GB drive, so I do feel the space crunch. I took this as an opportunity to move some files to my Home Server, so I still have access to all my files as long as I have an internet connection.
All in all, this was a great decision even for the price.
Display Name: Scott S.
Date Joined: 05/04/08
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