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Pros: Extremely small footprint. Runs Windows 8.1 with surprising efficiency. High quality fit and finish. Versatile. Runs cooler than I would expect for a passive system.
Cons: Wall-wart power supply. Wireless has limited range. Not suitable for multiple-thread, calculation-intensive computing - it is a Celeron and can only do so much at once.
Other Thoughts: I installed a 256 gig SSD, and 8 gigs PC3 10600 (bought from approved memory list supplied by Gigabyte). Loaded Windows 8.1 from a USB drive (F2 at POST got me into the boot options screen of the bios) and was up and running in less than 15 minutes.
I use this little gem as a field DVR for a vehicle-mounted thermal imaging camera I deploy during night operations. I needed a machine that could run all night and store large MP4 files, powered from a 12v to AC inverter power source. Typical video surveillance systems were too bulky and too expensive. The Gigabyte Brix has the power I need for on-the-fly video encoding from a USB capture card via open-source software, without a lot of electrical or $$ consumption . The resolution is better than the surveillance systems too.
When not in the field, I mount the Brix onto the back of a 19" monitor on the kitchen counter. Works perfect for streaming HD video and surfing the web .
Pros: Fast (for 6gb bus boards) reliable, solid, Samsung reputation and service. I paid a fair price.
Cons: No con really but just keep in mind that if you are cloning your less reliable 256g old drive, you will have to get creative with partitioning/cloning that image to this 250g model.
Other Thoughts: I keep one in the bay of my Toshiba I7 laptop and a spare cloned image backup that travels in my notebook bag, so the unthinkable does not happen at the most inopportune time.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Samsung quality. Absolutely the fastest MLC NAND I have ever owned in micro-sd format.
Other Thoughts: I use this with a relatively inexpensive security cam DVR and it has never stuttered. Buy this drive - you won't regret it.READ FULL REVIEW