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Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H Desktop PC Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz) 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD Windows XP Home
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs AMAZING Value + found "white death" cure! 06/09/2010

This review is from: Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H Desktop PC Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz) 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD Windows XP Home

Pros: Perhaps the cheapest new PC (with Windows) money can buy... With decent video to boot! Runs circles around Intel GMA950 video chipset *dual* core atom machines I've tested. HDD, RAM and (lack of) mini-pci wireless all easily / cheaply upgradable if you need to. Able to stream 1080i video (.ts format using included PowerDVD program) over LAN with no stumbles WHILE running 2 threads of prime95! With fan on "smart" mode (2500RPM), CPU stayed under 55degC, GPU under 60degC, and with fan on full-blast (5000+ rpm... still pretty quiet) CPU cooled to 50deg, GPU to 45deg... DURING this torture test. I happen to like the included "chicklet" keyboard & tiny mouse-- nothing fancy, but if I can touch-type fast and accurately position the cursor, I'm satisfied.

Cons: Lacks WIFI card, and VESA mount bracket that comes with dual-core AR3600 model. You're likely to break a couple tabs opening the case. Although the plastic case has sheet metal RFI shielding, it's apparently quite succeptable to interference-- I got the white screen of death after 11 days of service, just as another reviewer reported, and was ready to RMA, but discovered source of problem was a noisy monitor power brick I'd placed right against the Revo case. White death with the offending brick nearby, no problems with it 6in away! Problem solved. KEEP CHEAP CHINESE POWER BRICKS AWAY FROM IT. I wouldn't be surprised if other white death sufferers mounted this on/near large monitors or noisy PSUs. Of course there is LOTS of worthless software to remove before deploying... like any other loss-leader product. Plastic foot fits rather loosely. VGA jack seems rather weakly physically secured to mobo (or the whole mobo is flexing) One E-clip was missing from a heatsink screw.

Other Thoughts: Uses 800MHz DDR2 SODIMM. No internal antennae for adding wireless-- you'll need antennae and a card. Room for full-length wireless card. (Mini PCI-E?) Fan and heatsink must be removed to remove motherboard & get to HDD screws. HDD set to AHCI mode... not USB adapter friendly for backups-- Had to connect it directly to a motherboard port on my desktop rig to make a backup image. MORE than adequate for a point of sale system station. Temps improved with Zalman silver brush-on heatsink compound.. probably more room for improvement using fancier goo. (Stock was gray phase-change putty)

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KWORLD SA290-Q LE Digital TVBox  VGA/YPbPr 1080i Output
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Look Elsewhere 11/04/2009

This review is from: KWORLD SA290-Q LE Digital TVBox VGA/YPbPr 1080i Output

Pros: Free shipping... one way at least.

Cons: Where to begin? Only offers 1024x768 or 720p output via VGA port. Doesn't scale, stretch or zoom at all, neither up, nor down, so you're watching just about everything on a small fraction of your monitor. 16:9 content is displayed as distorted 4:3 in "full" mode, at about 1/2 size in "letterbox" mode. No capacity to manually set time/date. Despite being de-selected, captions are on by default whenever changing channels. Horrible digital artifact (colored blocking / freezing) on any station broadcast in 720p or higher res... this with full signal strength on either ATSC or clear QAM, on same cable as another perfectly functioning tuner. Even the package fell apart when loading it up for return--- loaded the tuner & remote in the top tray, bottom fell out, dumping everything out. If you buy this after reading the dozens of well-founded negative reviews here, the joke's on you, as it was on me. I should know better. So should you

Other Thoughts: This is far and away the WORST so-called HD tuner I've tried. Even with their huge system overhead and garbage software, your average USB stick runs circles around this in every way. If this cost 1/4-1/3 of what it goes for now, it might be a useful toy if you enjoy watching all Standard-def content displayed on a small fraction of your monitor. Beware of free shipping deals-- they seem to be offered on merchandise you're likely to pay to ship back in disgust.

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ENCORE ENLWI-N Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI 2.3 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great signal, simple install w/ windows XP. 270-300Mb/s with a good AP w/in reasonable range. Around 150Mb/s through 2 10in concrete floors! Very forgiving of antenna orientation.

Cons: Don't recall it coming with a short back plate... you'll need to be creative w/ snips, or steal one off an older card if you need to fit this properly into a case w/ short slots. This *will* work with linux if you're capable of compiling the driver for your particular platform. I wanted to use it with FreeNAS, which is based on FreeBSD, and the drivers for this chipset are *not* part of the kernel yet. I'm not capable of doing this, so I gave up.

Other Thoughts: Sorry I'm not much help... can't remember the name of the chipset, but as soon as someone rolls this driver into your favorite Linux core, go for it. This card is a tremendous value for windows machines. (At least XP... didn't try it with Vista or Windows 7)

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Display Name: Warren B.

Date Joined: 11/07/04

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 03/24/06
  • Last Review: 06/09/10
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