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Pros: Intel I7 Quad core for a reasonable price. Yes, it's a second Gen, but the processing power was plenty for my needs.
4 slots for Ram
Win7 Pro 64-bit OS
I'm running Blue Iris surveillance software for 3 IP Cameras on my property. Current CPU load hovers between 18 - 22%, so it's got plenty of headroom for adding additional cameras.
Cons: It might be a Pro for some, but mine came with the regular I7 2600. I specifically wanted the low power chip, because I'm using this as a 24/7 surveillance system for my IP Cameras.
Because it's an OEM BIOS, I can't under-clock the system to reduce the power consumption.
Minus one egg only due to the wrong CPU.
Other Thoughts: Swapped out the single 4 GB for dual channel 8 GB kit
Copied the OS image over to a Crucial SSD for the OS and then added a 4T Seagate Surveillance HD for video storage.
I have a separate media/FTP server that I'm thinking of moving over to this system. Possibly as a VM. The media server has been running on a low-powered ATOM ITX board for the past 4-5 years and I think it's time to move off that system. The current CPU load for the Lenovo is low and running two separate systems seems a bit wasteful when this single system is more than capable of handling both work loads. I'll just look at adding a dual port network card to handle the increased bandwidth.
Other than receiving the wrong CPU based on the description, I'm very pleased with system and would buy again.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q07B USB3.0 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Small footprint.
Takes a standard Optical drive and PSU
Cons: Bright blue power button
Other Thoughts: I modded the case by removing the 3.5 drive mounts since I'm using an SSD and then fabricated a dual fan mount that will suck air from the bottom of the case and push it up past the APU and out the top of the case.
I also fabricated a plate to mount a smaller PSU (SeaSonic SS-300TFX).
Later on, I swapped out the USB 2.0 cable for a 3.0.
This review is from: Logitech Z623 200 W 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified
Pros: Excellent sound quality. Purchased on Shell Shocker for extreme cash savings.
I bet this would be pretty awesome for any gaming console system as well.
Cons: While the sound is great, it would have been nice to have a smaller sub-woofer enclosure. It does take up some space under the desk.
Other Thoughts: This replaced an old Altec Lansing system I had for years. Huge improvement.
Sure it's NOT the quality you would get from B&O system, but it's more than adequate for media through your PC/HTPC.