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Pros: Keyboard and mouse capability in the palm of your hand. My usage model is a media center PC, running WMC and net based applications - mainly Netflix. A WMC remote is only good for Windows Media Center. This little gem is just like have a KB/Mouse for 100% control in all applications. I'm still a little slow with it, but improving.
Cons: None to think of right now. Buttons are small, but that is the price of entrance into a hand held device.
Other Thoughts: Just about the size of a standard optical disc in your hand. I can't comment on reliability or battery consumption - it is still too new. I'm not good with touch pads, preferring a standard mouse. But it has really been refreshing to be able to control WMC and everything without having a full size keyboard in the living room. Also, the small buttons make lengthy typing a chore - but that is OK. I can still get through a basic youtube search without issues. If I really need to type a document my work computer is just fine for that.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: DIYPC DIY-F2-P Black/Purple SPCC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Well thought out layout. Real motherboard tray, and the side panel bulges a bit to allow for cable management behind the tray. All fasteners are black, and the color accents are nice. Case switches and ports have ribbon cables - and are all black, very snappy. When on, the fans are pretty quiet - I was surprised. The motherboard fasteners were all tapped correctly and I had no issues installing the mobo once I figured out which screws were for the mobo. The HDD/SSD caddy was cool - there was a direct screw-down for a 2.5" SSD AND a removable 3.5" plastic caddy for a platter drive. Enough room for a decent size PSU. The buttons and ports all seem adequate quality.
Cons: Wow, is this thing light. Some plastics seem brittle. I worry about the durability of this case if it was for someone who frequently wrenches on their rig. The sheet metal is thin. Also, there are a few sharp edges here and there. Be cautious when building. My case plastic window came with a small scratch - not going to worry about it. I'm putting lettering over it. No optical drive bay - I installed Ubuntu thru USB stick, so I knew I would not be needing it anyhow.
Other Thoughts: This computer is for an organization as a door prize/silent auction thing. I populated it with some old but still serviceable parts I had including AMD APPU, 4 Gb RAM, SSD, HDMI cable, USB wifi adapter, and a media center remote KB/mouse. The usage model is a media consumption computer - turn a non-smart TV into one, and do Netflix/Youtube/Hulu, whatever. The case is definitely eye-catching and snappy. I even gave the top of the power supply a purple paint job to match the case. With the organization logo graphics on the plastic side-window, I think the owner might even want it.
I used an old entry gamer PSU with really rigid wires, sheathed in plastic mesh. I could not get the 24-pin connector cable run behind the mobo tray, it was just not flexible and far too big to get the side panel back on. With a smaller, cheaper PSU with ties on the wires, I could see being able to route the 24 pin cable behind the tray and still reinstall the side panel.
The DIYPC case definitely fits the bill. Inexpensive and good enough in the right ways - eye catching and colorful - to be something fun and memorable. Not recommended for builds that will frequently be changed/serviced.
This review is from: BIOSTAR J3060NH Intel Celeron J3060 Dual-core 2.48G Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Pros: Really small, really cool - specs say it pulls 6W. I touched the heat sink under load, it is just a bit warm. HDMI port means it will display 1080P. Bought a single 4Gb stick of RAM for it (used the recommended chart at Biostar's web site), and it does great with just a single bank filled. USB 3 front and back. My Silverstone Milo has a USB 3 front panel, just plugged the cable right into the board. SATA 6gbps, so that matches the SSD I'm using - this machine boots up really quickly. 14nm processor tech, so it is the most modern CPU in the house, technically a Braswell. Windows 7 64 installed just fine, no funny driver issues. Watching live TV while recording another show works fine.
Cons: I wish it had 3 SATA ports, instead of 2 - boot drive, storage drive, DVD could all be plugged in. Instead I use a SATA riser card in the single PCIe X1 slot 0 - 4 total ports that way. Wish I could have reused the desktop memory I pulled from the previous system. This board uses SO-DIMM. Again, I cannot dock an egg because I knew this going in.
Other Thoughts: So, I also have a Biostar with a J1900, that is pretty great, a quad core with 2.42 GHz max clock. Well they quit selling those on the egg, so I took a chance with the dual core. So far, for HTPC the quad core is totally unnecessary. Recording TV is just fine, no undue lags, browsing and channel selection is snappy. I got rid of a A4-3300/Hudson motherboard because the sound chip went out, and frankly it was a quite hot in a compact HTPC case. Because there is no CPU fan on the J3060NH, the only fan noise is the power supply. Thinking about trying one of those Pico-PSU's for a zero noise system, but I can't hear the Seasonic fan more than a few feet away anyhow.
Don't try digital TV/HDTV without an HDMI cable. I only had a VGA lying around, but TV picture is disabled without HDMI all the way through.
I was reading recently that Biostar is exiting the enthusiast motherboard arena, and going with embedded products like this. I've tried other vendor's products, for HTPC, and found them lacking. I hope Biostar keeps on making power-sipping, compact solutions like this one.