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This review is from: ASRock Q2900-ITX Intel Pentium J2900 2.41 GHz Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
Pros: Small, silent, low power, 4 cores. I decided to give this CPU/board a try after I used a J1900 motherboard in a PFSense router. I have to say that turned out to be massive overkill (the router). I was more then surprised by this board. It currently runs a Qemu VM server for me and has more then enough power to run multiple XP and Win7 VM's. I've had no incompatibility or stability problems with the board at all. I added 16GB of RAM but it almost never goes above 8GB cause Linux is just better with resource management. The best part is that underload the system uses < 20 watts and barely gets warm to the touch. Most of the time it idles for me around 9 watts (with a VM running). It also works well with a Pico PSU.
Cons: Icky Realtek LAN (Intel PCI-E x1 NIC works perfectly). Could use more SATA ports (what couldn't). It doesn't like to reboot in Linux but it will shutdown without issue.
Other Thoughts: Replacing the Realtek NIC with an Intel one would be nice but other then that I'm loving the board.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Size - It's small. Barely bigger than a Wii which makes it perfect for an HTPC.
Build - Really good quality build, especially the power button. The button does have a large blue light in the middle, but it's tolerable. The internals are also solidly built. The only part I was on the fence about is the heatsink part of the cpu cooler. It's not 100% flat and mine was pretty rough. I smashed some extra thermal compound into the gaps just to make sure there was a good bond with the thermal I put on the CPU.
Heatpipe - I like the heatpipe design and the two small fans that cool the system really are completly silent.
Case - The case itself is well designed. It's solidly built and the removeable trays that hold the DVD and HD are well designed and lock in securely.
USB3.0 - It has good USB3.0 support and can boot from 3.0 devices.
Media Center - Since this is what I use it for I might as well tell how it functions. The hardware worked perfectly with Win7 using a few drivers from the CD. I had to switch out the Intel GFX driver tho as the standard MS one doesn't support DTS-HD/MA. Once I did that was I able to play back 4k video and videos with DTS-MA easily using software decoding or hardware acceleration. I have switched tho to running Openelec for my HTPC tho as it runs fast from a USB thumb drive without an HD installed and does DTS-MA out of the box.
RAM - It worked perfectly the first time. It uses laptop ram to save space but it's just as cheap as the desktop stuff. I put in 8GB for ~$60.
Cons: RS232 - ??? I guess they aren't really a con since they are pretty much useless and I just disabled them in BIOS. They don't get in the way but I'd have preferred more USB ports.
Specs - This can't really be considered a con against the product so much as Newegg. No where on the Newegg page does it say that this case/machine has a 65 watt TDP limit but it supposedly does. The sticker on the box lists that. However, I installed a 77 watt i5-3570K CPU without issue. The power supply is only rated to 90 watts. To be fair, the CPU can hit 88 C I stress the system for a while with the Intel burn-in test but that's not normal use. Normal use is low power and silent.
Other Thoughts: Great little system. It has a lot more power than the older Core 2 system that it replaced which couldn't handle 4k videos or videos with DTS-MA streams. This machine would also be perfect to sit on a desktop. It'd need to sit flat tho since it only has vents on the sides and you wouldn't want to block air-flow.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 10.1 Wifi 10.1-inch 32GB Tablet PC – Deep Gray
Pros: For me this table has nothing but Pros. Don't worry about it not using a Tegra GFX chip, it's awesomely fast. It's hands down better than the Transformer Infinity that I replaced with this. The screen isn't as "high-res" as the Transformer but it doesn't matter because the image and GFX quality is just as good and the fewer pixels means better performance. The screen is capacitive which means it can tell where you touch and how hard. Very useful when it comes to the pen. Overall the tablet is very fast, everything opens smoothly, run smoothly, switches smoothly. The browser is really fast at scrolling and navigating. It has 5GHz wifi as well. It is loaded with small tweaks and improvements not only to the tablet but to Android. It can run multiple programs at the same time and side-by-side. It can use the front camera to sense if you are looking at it so it doesn't power down the screen if you are looking at something. It's by far the best of the Android tablets.
Cons: It wasn't free...READ FULL REVIEW