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Acer Laptop Aspire ES1-411-C0LT Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16 GHz) 2 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Big and light. Big hard drive for the money. Nice display

Cons: Bloatware

Other Thoughts: After making sure the computer worked I swapped out the hard drive for a 500 gb SSD. The original drive had too many partitions so I didn't want to clone it and Windows 8 with Bing cannot be downloaded from Microsoft. I decided to install Win 7 Pro and shoot for the upgrade but the upgrade hangs in the final stage and after several reboots it reverts back to Win 7 with no problem.
Unfortunately, Acer doesn't supply drivers for Win 7 for this machine and the win 8 drivers won't install for the wireless LAN.

Still working on it

GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5557 (rev. 1.0) AMD Bolton M3 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 8550G Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Compact and upgrade-able.

Cons: HDMI output dies during OS install.
This is the third (or fourth, I lost count) Brix I have purchased with the same problem; the display goes blank in the midst of the OS installation. I had it running by installing a hard drive with the OS fully installed so I know it works. I just can't get a fresh install to work.

Other Thoughts: I will take a little time with this one and try to get a workaround before I return it.

ECS LIVA X (2G 32G) Desktop PC Intel SoC Bay Trail-M 2GB DDR3L 32 GB eMMC SSD Windows 8.1 with Bing Installed
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small, quiet, cool, OS is pre-loaded.
Immediately upgraded to Win10 eith no problems

Cons: The 4 / 64 gig unit isn't available with OS installed

Other Thoughts: I purchased 4 of these so far to use as remote network access to get around port forwarding problems in CCTV systems. Works perfectly.


John H.'s Profile

Display Name: John H.

Date Joined: 02/04/10

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 04/19/15
  • Last Review: 10/02/15
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