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ASUS VivoPC-VM40B-02 Desktop PC Celeron 1007U (1.50GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 8.1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small form factor
Great look
USB 3.0 ports
Card reader
Energy Efficient
Reasonable speed
Bluetooth
Wifi B/G/N/AC
Nearly silent

Cons: Poor wireless reception
Hard to access all ports on back
Only one SATAIII and power.- 3.5" HD that could be changed out for 2x2.5" HD/SSDs if it only had another SATAIII port and power
Not monitor-mountable

Other Thoughts: I checked out many options before choosing this VivoPC. It boiled down to the Brix, NUCs, ECS Liva, and this. Of course this is not as powerful as the high end Brix and NUCs, but it is much more powerful than the Liva. The Liva is more of a tinkering box, because it does not have any ability to upgrade internally. No SATAIII, power, or upgradable ram inside. You can go to town with the NUCs and Brix, but you also pay quite a premium for the very small form factor. And you need to figure in the cost of drive(s), ram, and Windows license (if you are going to run Windows).

Since this is the wife's rig, I had to run Windows. It is not as small as the NUCs or Brix, but it has a bonus of more USB and USB 3.0 ports and a card reader thrown in also! The HDMI out is full-size, not one of those mini-size that needs an adapter. Also has a VGA out if you need it. And although the box is a little bigger, it is still very small for a full PC, and it even has built-in speakers! Yes built-in speakers somewhere underneath. No they are not going to break any audiophile records or shake your walls, but they are good enough for table top use and save space. Of course if you use HDMI, the sound is passed to your TV or home theater system.

Do the math. If you buy a Windows 8.1 license for the other choices, add in a drive, memory, and wifi (NUC), you are going to be hovering around 6 bills. This little baby runs fine for HTPC, web browsing, even typical PC work, for 1/2 the price. This is not a gaming PC. As long as that is understood, the graphics are great for everything else, and all at full 1080p. Take a look at the 1007u CPU performance. It crushes the Liva processor, all atom options, and comes close to i3 territory. All while sipping energy. About the same as a light bulb.

I immediately replaced the HD with a 256Gb SSD and it is the perfect system for most uses. Very, very quiet. Nearly silent. Runs 1080p without a problem. The biggest gripe I have is the poor wirelss signal reception, but I have lots of concrete walls in my house. Close to the router it is great.

This is a great buy. Get them while you can.

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ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-256GM-C 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good price
Good performance
Acronis Migration Software included
Desktop 3.5" to 2.5" tray included
No spinning parts
No sound

Cons: ADATA Download Website is flaky

Other Thoughts: This is great SSD for a great price. Very good value overall. Includes a 3.5" to 2.5" desktop adapter tray, which is a nice bonus. Also includes Acronis True Image migration software, and SSD performance software. It wouldn't be a dealbreaker because I know there are several free migration options out there, but Acronis is a good product and easy to use.

Unfortunately ADATA's website is ridiculously slow and it is frustrating trying to register and download your software, but once you get it, everything is fine.

This is my second migration with Acronis True Image (have used both 2013 and 2014 versions), and both were simple and relatively painless. The first time I had both the HD and SSD hooked up internally, and In this scenerio I was using a NUC-like pc with only one internal SATA port, so I had to do the migration using an external USB drive bay and it worked like a charm.

This is the single most beneficial upgrade you can do to your PC or laptop. It will make a phenomenal difference. Is it as fast as an EVO pro? Probably not. Does anyone really expect it to be for this price? I don't think so.

Buy it, you won't regret it.

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Crucial MX100 CT512MX100SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fast, reliable, great migration software! 07/21/2014

This review is from: Crucial MX100 CT512MX100SSD1 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast
Reliable
Great value
Migration Software (Acronis True Image HD) included

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great value, especially with the migration software included. WEI in Win 7 went from 5.9 with a 2TB spinning platter to 7.4 for this drive! Although you can find free open source migration software, The included Acronis is intuitive, fast, and painless. Crucial is a trusted brand when it comes to memory, and this SSD is no different! Highly recommended!

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Display Name: Michael D.

Date Joined: 02/22/06

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/25/09
  • Last Review: 07/21/14
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