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Pros: Discrete antenna; good speed
Cons: Included drivers worked on Windows 8.0 but not Windows 8.1
Other Thoughts: I kind of expected a product this current to have Windows 8.1 drivers. So when I updated a new machine from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 and I lost my network I was in a bit of a panic. Windows 8.1 drivers can be downloaded and everything seems to be fine now.
The performance seems reasonable.
The physical design is fine. The adapter is plugged into the back of the machine. I can swivel the antenna to make things fit well.
Pros: Small footprint; reasonably good processor; good sized hard drive; DVD writer; runs quietly
Cons: Windows 8
Other Thoughts: I bought this to serve as a homework machine for a high school student. It is paired with an Asus monitor that includes speakers to keep the footprint and cable tangle at a minimum.
The machine comes with Windows 8.0 installed. (The upgrade to Windows 8.1 takes a while to download but it is free.) I shall now discuss the abomination that is Windows 8.x any more.
The keyboard is low profile with small, chiclet style keys - it is fashionable but I prefer something that looks closer to a real keyboard. The mouse is nothing spectacular. Both the keyboard and mouse work which is good enough in this price range.
I'm not a fan of the vertical orientation on the DVD drive - it works with full sized DVDs but it was impossible to use a smaller DVD/CD with it. (I had to lay the machine flat temporarily to make it work.) This is not really a problem with the machine; any small form factor machine is going to have the same problem.
The onboard networking is wired Gigabit. For temporary use I added a wireless N USB adapter with a good sized antenna. It is plugged into the back and does not take much room. If you do this be sure to look for a device that has explicit Windows 8 support out of the box. I did not and it caused me a little extra grief.
My particular sample came with a consumer level 7200 RPM Seagate drive in it. I suspect that all of these have 7200RPM drives in them but the manufacturer may vary.
Overall it is fast enough and it has enough memory to do basic tasks. I used to build my own machines but for a basic homework machine that is overkill; a machine like this is a great value and saves you time.
Pros: Small size, reasonable performance, Windows 7 and a great price.
Cons: There is no DVI output so plan on using the HDMI output if you want a digital signal. (It has VGA and HDMI outputs only.) The keyboard is horrible - it uses very low profile "Chiclet" style keys; plan on getting a better keyboard.
Other Thoughts: This was purchased as a homework machine for a high school student, and for that it is nearly perfect. It's never going to be a gaming machine, but it does everything else in a competent manner.READ FULL REVIEW