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Pros: Arrived well packaged and physically undamaged.
Cons: Doesn't work. Windows sees there is a drive in disk management, but drops off and reappears sporadically. Does not work long enough to even complete a quick format. Tried several times, even on a different box using different sata/power cables.
Other Thoughts: I should really have read the RECENT reviews on this drive. I've used WD blue drives in the past with no issues, and saw this had 4 eggs overall, but I neglected to read recent reviews stating lots of DOAs. Shame on me. Live and learn I guess.
Out of all the systems I've built over the years, this is the first time I've ever had a DOA on any component. Rather aggravating though since I had to quickly hunt down a comparable drive locally and pay the difference just to get the new system up and running.
Pros: Works great out of the box. No special installation or drivers needed in Windows7 - just hook it up to a USB port, Windows installs the drivers automatically, and you are good to go.
Inexpensive remote and receiver for HTPCs.
Intuitive design that even my 4 year old can use effectively.
Mouse cursor feature is nice for those times when you don't want to drag out a mouse for simple actions.
Other Thoughts: I have two of these being used on different PCs and they work great with Windows Media Center. One one PC, I use a Harmony remote (works fine), and I use the included remote on the other PC for my 4-year old. Either way, everything works like I expect it to.
Also want to point out that the "power" button on the remote will put the PC to sleep or wake it up from sleep. Nice feature for an HTPC!
I was going to list this as a "con", but it didn't apply to me so I'll say it here instead; I can imagine some people may want some way to customize button mapping. There is no included software to do this, but there are utilities you can download to do that if you want.
Pros: Small form factor ideal for mini-PC or HTPC use.
Case design is clean and simple and looks nice.
Adequate cooling for its size.
Spacious enough for 2 internal 3.5" HDD (providing one of them is a slim style).
Included power supply seems to be working perfectly so far.
Case panels have indents to attach the included rubber feet so it can sit either vertically or horizontally, and looks good either way.
Noise isn't too bad at all. I'm sure the fan speed and noise would increase if I stress the system more, but so far it's fine for general HTPC use.
Supports adding a low-profile video card or TV tuner.
Cons: Blue power light strip is very bright.
No built-in support for 2.5" drives which is rather odd considering this case is designed for low power applications.
The front panel will not close fully when using one of those micro USB receivers for wireless keyboards/mice.
Other Thoughts: The blue power light strip is quite bright and may be distracting. A resistor can be added to the power wires to reduce the brightness, but I found that simply wrapping the front of the blue LED with a small piece of paper towel was perfect to reduce the brightness to a reasonable level and matches the brightness of the HDD activity light perfectly. It's just a matter of removing the front panel (really easy to do), popping out the blue LED, adding the tiny bit of paper towel, and putting everything back together.
Be careful when choosing memory with tall heatsinks as they may not fit if using an optical drive depending on motherboard design.
This case does not support 2.5" drives, so don't forget to pick up 3.5" to 2.5" drive adapter brackets if you are using a notebook or SSD drive.
This case is home to a Celeron G530 using the stock cooler and integrated CPU graphics (via HDMI), 4GB GSkill ECO DDR3 RAM (1.35v), ASRock B75M mini-ITX mobo, 500GB 2.5" notebook HDD, and GMYLE Media Center remote. Runs great as a HTPC in my 4 year-old daughter's room (will be a general-purpose PC as she gets older). Not using an optical drive since I use Media Browser to "stream" DVD iso files from my main media server.
Under normal Media Center usage (watching DVD movies, Netflix, etc), CPU temps are around 40 degrees C in a 25 degree C room, so cooling is more than adequate with not much noise from the case or power supply fan.
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