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Pros: Starts up with clean Windows 10 install, all ready to answer questions and add users
Has some ability to expand, although space inside is limited (add a low power PCIe 16 lane low profile video card and more RAM for example)
CPU can be upgraded to gen 3 Core i5 and i7 (see Lenovo docs)
Genuine Intel i3 CPU (much better than Celeron or Pentium)
Very clean (no odor, or dust evident)
Comes with power cord
Relatively small and can be vertical or horizontal
Runs very quiet
Has USB 3.0 ports (on the back)
Good documentation from Lenovo
Cons: No HDMI port on backo (only VGA and DisplayPort)
-- need a DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI adapter if required
No ports for (old) PS2 keyboard and mouse - must use USB for both
Case a bit hard to open... It swings up from front with hinges in the back. Took quite a bit of effort to open mine past about 2", was afraid I was bending something
Core i3 is limited in memory speed.. My unit came with 1 x 4GB of DDR3 12800 RAM, so not using dual-channel
There is a front cover for a memory card reader or a mSATA hard drive, but neither was installed, and they seem to be hard to find.
Other Thoughts: I was a little concerned about the ordering process. Placed the order on a Friday, but didn't see any update on Newegg or via email by the next Tuesday. Contacted EPC and they responded quickly. In fact, they were about to ship it (which they did).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: YAMAHA R-S700 2.1 Channels Natural Sound Stereo Receiver
Pros: I use this receiver for CD and SACD playback from an Oppo BDP-95 through Yamaha NS-555 floor standers and a Polk PSW-505 sub. The key features are the CD-Direct amp mode and the subwoofer out for my setup. I use mid-range (Blue jeans LC-1) RCA cables between the Oppo and the amp. The sound stage is amazing at this price point - very deep and wide. Plenty of power for a large (16' x 28') room. I also use the Zone 2 out to drive an external amp to patio speakers. I did not need the trigger out since the (Sonance) amp senses signal on the RCA inputs and turns itself on and off. It will play the same source to both zones at the same time which is nice for parties. I have not tried the (MM) phone input yet, but I plan to.
Cons: No digital inputs, no network, therefore no app support. So use a source with a good DAC, network support, remote app support instead.
Other Thoughts: The next step up in the Yamaha line is probably the AS-1000 (more than twice the price) and the AS-2000 which provides XLR input for about 4x the price. Maybe someday!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Price: Good deal for a case, PS, Xeon CPU and mobo plus the 4GB of ECC ram.
Quiet: Although it comes with multiple fans, they are very quiet during normal operation. HDs also have screwless soft plastic sleds that keep noise down and install easily.
RAID: Supports Intel RST. I was able to migrate an existing RAID 1 array (mirror) to this server by just setting the BIOS SATA to RAID and plugging them in.
Current I/O: USB 3.0 and SATA 3 (6 Gbps)
Compatible: Runs Windows 8.1 just fine, expanded RAM to 16GB (4 slots of 4GB) at auction prices, ready for VM work.
Support: BIOS update available at Lenovo worked flawlessly
Cons: BIOS is not setup for gamers (no OC...), onboard video shares RAM, need to add RAM.
Limited Expansion: Only 3 HD slots (I set mine up with 120GB boot SSD, pair of WD Black drives for RAID 1), 4 SATA (1 used by CD/DVD ROM which is a laptop style drive).
To upgrade PSU, requires 20/24 pin to 14 pin adapter (available elsewhere)
Other Thoughts: I do not play video games on this machine, and it is not intended for that purpose. I hate the 1U servers because the tiny high speed fans sound like squirrels fighting.READ FULL REVIEW