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HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop PC with Quad Core AMD A4-5000 1.50GHz, 4GB Memory, 1TB HDD, DVDRW Super Multi, Radeon HD 8330, Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: cost, windows 8 pro, small form factor, low power consumption, mine came with qualcomm aetheros wifi adapter even though wifi is not listed in the specs anywhere.
free upgrade to windows 8.1 pro, then free upgrade to windows 10 pro

Cons: no 8 coa, but can still get key with a keyfinder like magic jelly bean.
does come with a 19v laptop power brick. may or may not be a minus but you will have to devote extra space for the power brick.
free upgrade to windows 8.1 pro, listing as a con because OS was installed in march of 2015, obviously they didn't take the time to update to 8.1 for you. took about a day to upgrade and do all the windows updates, etc... (why not just install 8.1 with the 8 key??? i've done this many times!!)

Other Thoughts: for the price paid (120 after rebate) the cost of the computer with windows 8 pro is almost a no brainer. obviously you aren't going to be playing the latest greatest games on this but for a work machine running IE, office applications, etc.. it's more than enough. I've installed in a work environment with our ERP software and have not noticed any slowness, etc...

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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 - Certified Refurbished
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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 - Certified Refurbished

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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Display Name: Billy O.

Date Joined: 03/07/02

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  • First Review: 01/09/08
  • Last Review: 06/30/15
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