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Pros: Very nice sound for the size, LOUD, decent battery life, built in FM tuner, pairs quickly with Bluetooth devices.
Cons: Lacks built in FM radio antenna (uses USB cable), the 'voice' which speaks about pairing and modes is LOUD.
Other Thoughts: This is a great little speaker for the money. It is loud, it is well built, and for the $$$ it really is a great value.
There are only two things I would nit pick.
a) The built in 'voice' which tells you which mode you are in, whether or not the speaker is paired, etc is LOUD, and you can't turn it down.
b) The built-in FM Radio needs to rely on a USB cable for an antenna. Build a antenna into the device next time.
Overall, for the money its a nice unit. It sounds quite good for a little speaker, and its loud and clear. It's the perfect size to take with you when you are on the go.
Pros: Solid HP build, small form factor for those who need it, 8GB of RAM, parts are easily found. Case is well put together.
Cons: Some are fairly banged up from being off-lease
Other Thoughts: I bought ten (10) of these for a dentist office, so I got a solid impression of what is being shipped out. These machines come with a generic keyboard and mouse. No big deal, I know its refurbished (and who wants a used keyboard and mouse?). The systems are well packed, some PCs had some dimples/dents in them from who knows what (????) and others arrived in good shape. One machine completely had its frame bent, I almost returned it but decided to un-bend it and its fine (one of those things, time vs. money)
Machines come with W7 Pro 64 bit which is great, no restore CDs with mine, just a restore partition. Ethernet IS in fact Gigabit. Drivers that come preloaded are generic Windows ones, so download updated drivers (and BIOS) when you get a chance.
I took the 3.0Ghz chips out of these and upgraded them to Athlon X2 280's, a 3.6Ghz chip. Remember the AMDs are always 15-20% slower than comparable Intel chips, so a 3.6Ghz AMD is comparable to a 3.0Ghz Intel. Machines run a bit faster now, although the 3.0Ghz would be fine for most.
8GB of RAM is a nice plus, although most would be find with 4GB. Hard drives ranged from 750-1TB in size. All HDs are reused and varied in manufacturer (remember these are refurbs). Should suit most users without issue, and you can always add a SSD to really speed things up.
All Windows installations activated without issue, I had a few (four of the ten) that said "This copy of Windows is not genuine" after I entered the key, but upon Activating online it fixed itself. It's not a big deal folks, just have some patience :-)
If you need a small form factor this is a nice machine, I would also check out the HPs with the Intel E8400 processor that Newegg is offering too, those are solid machines but have less RAM (and DDR2 Ram is getting pricey, so watch yourself). As I said, don't expect a brand-new looking machine with these being refurbs, expect some potential dings and scratches. If that bothers you, buy new or return until you get a decent one.
So far all ten PCs have worked just fine, HP makes a solid machine and I don't expect any issues. One of the ten had to have its RAM re-seated before it would boot up; all others booted up without any issue out of the box. If you are having issues, CHECK ALL CONNECTORS AND COMPONENTS... :-)
Parts are readily available (power supplies, motherboards, etc) online via other suppliers so I'll be in good shape moving forward.
Overall, good machine for the price, but don't expect new.
This review is from: Diablotek RPA-9611B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Inexpensive, light-weight, gets the job done
Cons: Silly logo on 3.5" face plate, drop down USB panel door was broken during shipping.
Other Thoughts: So what can you expect for $22 shipped? Don't get your hopes up :-) This is a inexpensive case that will house a second or third PC or for someone who is on an extreme budget. No power supply, no case hardware, just a PCI slot cover included. The top 3.5" faceplate is supposed to drop down to reveal 2 USB ports and headphone/mic jacks, but my unit was defective upon arrival. No use in sending it back for $22 that I paid.
It will work just fine with what I need it to. Becareful assembling as the edges are very sharp.
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