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Black ECS LIVA 64GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 64GB eMMC Storage
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs it is what it is 11/24/2014

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 64GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 64GB eMMC Storage

Pros: small. will handle most applications that are not processor intensive very well. running media center, media browser theater, netflix, network streams of movie files just as well as the big full pc it replaced.
comes with dual band wifi and bluetooth.

Cons: only 2 usb. 32gb version is a little tight on space after win8.1 install.
light, so hdmi cable can make it float, stand up, etc...
took several hours to download and install first windows 8.1 updates. the emmc hdd isn't a speed demon.
you are going to need a usb hub or at least a wireless keyboard mouse that runs off the same usb unifying device. otherwise no usb ports for anything. i'm running a logitech k400 so i have 1 usb port open right now.

Other Thoughts: i bought the 32gb version and am pretty happy. i wish it had more usb ports and it would be fantastic. but seeing as it was cheap and came with everything but an OS i'm happy.
someone else indicated that they read a press release from ECS that stated it would come with windows 8.1. i didn't have any difficulty finding on newegg that it came with everything but an OS. i wonder if ECS could put on the windows 8.1 with bing OS that is free from MS? or is that just reserved for tablets? if ECS could put 8.1 w. bing on this thing would be incredibly awesome.

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Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (HDMI) with Remote Control
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs pleased 11/07/2014

This review is from: Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (HDMI) with Remote Control

Pros: small. comes with power adapter. refurbished stick looked new and has had zero issues.
netflix interface is way better than windows media center.
can read and play local media files with plex or media browser channel.

Cons: takes 60-90 seconds to boot. can remedy this by plugging in to outlet full time.
doesn't support mhl (i know they make an mhl stick version just throwing this out there for others) i have a roku ready tv and plugging this into the mhl port will not allow you to control the stick with your tv remote. i knew this going in but can be confusing because of how roku ready tv's are advertised.

Other Thoughts: this is my first roku. i've read that it is slower compared to roku3. however, i have noticed no lag or anything that i would warrant to buy a more expensive, bigger form factor roku. once this boots it works just fine.

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Intel BOXDN2820FYKH0 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: pretty quick with windows 8.1 with media center installed. USB 3.0, HDMI, built in IR that works out of the box with windows media center remotes. bay trail based SOC and bay trail has some really highly rated remarks on the web.

Cons: only sata2 port for hard drive. realtek gigabit network. no DVI or VGA. use this with a HDMI TV or monitor with HDMI.

500+ MB zip file from intel with drivers bundle. that's a lot of bloat. i only needed 3 or 4 of the supplied drivers. chipset, video, TXE, and infrared (may not have needed infrared but installed anyway)
video driver doesn't support over/under scan adjustment like nvidia and ATI cards do. i had to find a setting on my TV to adjust so i could see clock/start button/etc...

Other Thoughts: well when you get this capable little machine for little money you knew there were sacrifices somewhere. would be nice to have sata3 would also be nice if intel would have used one of their own network cards, but at this price you can't expect top of the line components.
from my reading on this SOC it seems like none support sata3... or at least no documents specifically say it's sata2 or sata3. just that it supports 2.5" hard drive.

G-skill F3-1600C9D-8GSL 1.35v memory works.

purchased two of these little boxes and both work good, no real complaints here.

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Display Name: Billy O.

Date Joined: 03/07/02

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  • First Review: 01/09/08
  • Last Review: 11/24/14
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