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LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs this is a stunning achievement 05/14/2015

This review is from: LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: tiny
duel core intel processor
fanless, totally silent
even at 100% loads, the heatsink is barely warm
complete package not a barebones. has cpu, memory, storage
wifi, ethernet, hdmi

Cons: for general purpose use, it needs more memory and usb ports
antenna connectors have plastic sheath that makes connection nearly impossible.
EFI boot can be a PITA.

Other Thoughts: I used a liva as a mythtv frontend that lives in my nightstand to bedtime viewing.
I was running a decent microatx board with the lowest power cpu I could find at the time -- 39W. The fan would speed up when playing back hidef materials and the noise was annoying.

Most of my setup time was trying to find an efi compatible os install image to put on usb. (gentoo minimal didn't work; had to use their 'live dvd' version). Then spent 2 evenings fighting various bootloaders trying to find one that would handle efi. Had to rebuild the kernel to have a few more modules compiled into the main image. I can now do those steps in about 5 commands.

The final product works great. It never hiccups playing any material including hidef recordings and movies.

The wifi antenna leads are nasty. The plastic sheath gets in the way and trying to pull the plastic off will break the wire. Sour grapes -- I don't need wifi as I have wired gigabit ethernet through my place.

Linux works like a champ.
For windows, the liva X would be a better choice as that bloated mess needs 4G minimum.

Wireless Bluetooth Syllable G15 Noise Reduction Cancellation Headset Headphones Foldable
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: ok as bluetooth headphones

Cons: no noise canceling circuitry
controls hard to identify by touch
proprietary power socket; lose the cord and you might as well toss the headphones in the trash

Other Thoughts: BEWARE! These headphones have no noise canceling circuitry at all! The are simply noise deadening like all 'round the ear headphones are.

Asus M5A78L-M LX3 Desktop Motherboard - AMD 760G Chipset - Socket AM3+
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Beware: almost no slots 06/07/2013

This review is from: Asus M5A78L-M LX3 Desktop Motherboard - AMD 760G Chipset - Socket AM3+

Pros: cheap

Cons: almost no slots

Other Thoughts: A full size atx board with only one pci and one pcix slot (after you install a video card)???? Go with microatx or mini-itx if you don't need expandability! If you have peripheral cards, this board won't work.


Adam F.'s Profile

Display Name: Adam F.

Date Joined: 03/02/04

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 04/20/11
  • Last Review: 05/14/15
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