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Shuttle SH87R6 Intel 4th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel H87 1 x HDMI Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Just Look at the date of the most recent Drivers, etc (2013!) 04/06/2015

This review is from: Shuttle SH87R6 Intel 4th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel H87 1 x HDMI Barebone

Pros: All of the features is the product description. For my needs that includes the small size, the support for modern hardware (i5 CPU, and mem capacity mostly) so I can build a modern HTPC. The support for a few PCI cards that I need (Cable Tuner for DVR and maybe another card from my previous system) was also needed within a small space.

Note: i was impressed to see 2160p resolution through the on-board HDMI. This will probably keep me from having to use my passively cooled PCI GPU. Less heat, less power needed.

Cons: Really, really bad support out of the box. I installed my hardware into the Shuttle (CPU, SSD HD, memory, and Cable Tuner) and installed Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1. That worked great, I installed the network driver from the Shuttle CD and ran Windows Update. After installing the 190 updates from windows, the system would not reboot. Just the first round of updates, incredible.

Other Thoughts: I'm not done yet but I would have gone with another vendor if I had seen the outdated drivers. That shows terrible support for their products. I value my time more than that (time wasted trouble shooting).

This hardware has soo much potential and it seems wasted by bad driver support. As least the bios have seen a few updates.

The Shuttle includes a heat sink that uses pipes from the middle of the mother board to the rear, Time will tell if this is a good heat sink for this system or if it won't draw enough heat away like a heat sink directly on top of the CPU would (with fan in rear).

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iPazzPort Fly Air Mouse Voice Wireless Remote Keyboard RF 2.4G Mini Bulit-in Mic & Speaker
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Keyboard has a small form factor (the size of a smartphone) and is light which made it easy to hold. The keyboard buttons were responsive as well.

Cons: The mouse functions were the fatal flaw. It works OK most of the time but the frustration when trying to actually use the precision of the mouse cursor is what made it not useable for me.

When trying to make the small careful movements needed to place the cursor in the middle of a word (i.e. between two letter) like if I accidentally capitalized the fist letter of a word, it was very frustrating to use. I plan on giving a Raspberry Pi with one of these keyboards to my parents and I think they would not use the Raspberry Pi at all if the Air Mouse keyboard was their only option.

I bought a keyboard with a track pad (a VisionTek Candyboard) in the same order to try out both. While the track pad is not perfect, it is much easier to use. I plan on exchanging for the VisionTek and would not recommend this product unless improvements are made to the mouse control.

Other Thoughts: I guess if you only wanted a small keyboard, this could work for that purpose.

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Rosewill RNX-A8-EX Omni-Directional Antenna with Extension Cable and Magnetic Base 2.4 GHz Indoor 8 dBi High Performance Detachable
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The antenna works well by itself, meaning the antenna attached directly to the Wifi card (not using the extender cable/magnetic base). I found with no antenna attached at all, the strongest signal was -95 dbm, with the antenna that came with my wifi card (2 dBi) that signal was -58 dBm. I tried the Rosewill antenna with the extender cable and the signal dropped to -75 dBm. With the Rosewill antenna attached directly to the wifi card, the signal went up to -52 dBm (the best).

The Rosewill antenna does have an elbow joint to change the angle of the antenna.

Cons: I found that the extender cable had too much loss in it, and made my situation worse.

Other Thoughts: My current setup has a USB extension cable attached to my Edimax Wifi card with the Rosewill antenna attached directly to that card. I used the free tool "inSSIDer" to do my measurements, I would strongly recommend it.

I will buy the Rosewill antenna with out the cable in the future, and save some money too.

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Date Joined: 12/25/06

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  • Last Review: 04/06/15
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