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3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator SE
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nothing comes close to increasing your CAD productivity like a 3D mouse. 3Dconnexion pretty much owns the market. This little guy is easy to transport, It's also got enough weight to stay seated on your desk.

Cons: Needed to update with firmware that wasn't available on their site. I had to contact tech support to get it. Prior to the update, I could not leave it plugged into my PC when booting up or it would seriously hangup the PC for a while. I'd be forced to unplug it prior to boot, and then plug it back in once windows loaded. Driver loads oddly with Autodesk Inventor occasionally requiring me to restart the app again.

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VisionTek 900505 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Still works after 2 years

Is fast

Is quiet

Cons: none

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Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U Intel Atom D510 NM10 Chipset 1 x 200Pin Next-Gen NVIDIA ION GPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Small form factor. Reasonably quiet operation (fit for HTPC). Lots of connectivity. Excellent power efficiency.

Cons: Currently writing this review on it as a desktop since it is not powerful enough to do play Netflix reliably (possibly a wireless bandwidth issue since the Explorer browser Netflix runs fine), but it certainly doesn't do Hulu well. Running Win 7 with Boxee app, Hulu app, and Netflix through WMC. I took it out of HTPC service and replaced it with a Boxee Box (much better HTPC for streaming content).

As a desktop PC it fails to browse well at 1920x1200. Most likely everything to blame for bottle-necked PCIe 1X Atom.

Poor WiFi connectivity and GPU bandwidth cripple what would otherwise be a great miniPC. Not recommended.

Other Thoughts: Considering how stable a PC it is, I plan to use it as an efficient file/media server with some flavor of Linux in the near future. I certainly will hard-wire it to the router since the WiFi is pretty weak.

I'm still interested in trying out other Zotac's with the AMD APU.

Note BIOS needed to be updated in order to be booted from USB stick. I don't know if they are now shipping with more updated BIOS.

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Kenneth J.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenneth J.

Date Joined: 10/14/01

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 02/01/10
  • Last Review: 03/18/14
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