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4 out of 5 eggs A tiny and powerful Win box 10/29/2015

This review is from: LIVA X 2GB/32GB Mini PC

Pros: A tiny (almost) singleboard PC running Win7 without issues, totally fanless with a good hefty heatsink inside. The specs are almost the same compared to a modern day Windows tablet, but has accelerated video playback and I've had no major issues using it as a video streaming and Youtube PC thus so far.

Cons: A couple of minor problems...
1. The half mini-pci board was a cheap Realtek Wireless + BT 4.0 card which needed to be swapped with an Intel.

2. There are multiple OS specific boot modes in the BIOS, and it took a little bit of trial and error for Win7.

3. Only able to have Win7 installed on an mSATA drive and not the eMMC. I've not been able to find a way to make the eMMC show up under booted Win7 either.

4. The onboard Intel GMA (via HDMI) is basically stuck to the "native to screen" resolution and just sizes down with blank spaces around, insisting on the TVs native resolution without going to full screen in lower res (sort of like an old laptop)

Other Thoughts: Benchmark scores show the CPU and memory being as fast as a 5 or 6 year old Athlon64 x2, and with video acceleration it's good enough for most stuff done on a living room flatpanel.

The BIOS config took just a little bit of figuring out but was able to get a Win7 install started in about 10 minutes with a few re-tries. 7 only installes on the mSATA drive but I knew this at purchase, however I also though the eMMC drive would show up as a 32GB HDD after the Win install. Seems this isn't the case (no thanks to M$).

Also the OS install and update took a little longer than expected, probably because random writes to the mSATA SSD isn't the best in the world but was good enough once done.

My only major grouch is the stubborn GMA resolution issue... It insists sticking to 1920x1080 and anything lower is useless. I might be able to re-configure this through the registry and am looking into it now.

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4 out of 5 eggs Worth every penny of the $29.99 08/06/2015

This review is from: Sony PlayStation TV

Pros: A tiny console able to remote play the PS4! Plays Vita games on a big screen and has some Video streaming services a web browser e-mail etc.

Cons: There is a minuscule but nonetheless period of lag, probably within 50 to 200 milliseconds so remote might not be suitable for timing intense action games and shooters. You also do need to buy an extra memory card and another DS4 to get full use out of the thing.

My biggest grouch is that I can't stream videos on my PS4 to this which is minus 1 star, although I can "cross buy" the videos and store them directly on to this from the PS store.

Other Thoughts: Although I can't say this is for everyone, it was still a great purchase worth every penny of the $29.99! PS4 remote play is awesome and with a good wired connection it will stream my games without major issues to a 32' in our bed room.

The Vita system itself seems to be in need of more games and apps, however there are a few essentials such as Netflix and is good enough to keep me entertained while I can't be in the living room (where our kid sometimes falls asleep)

GIGABYTE  GV-R927OC-2GD  Radeon R9 270  2GB  256-Bit  GDDR5  PCI Express 3.0  HDCP Ready Video Card Factory Refurbished Certified Refurbished
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Pros: Bought on sale refurbed at $114 + 1 year extended, great deal for what it is! Getting about 1.5 - 2x fps than my 2 year old HD 7790 which wasn't super bad to begin with. The thing came reconditioned out of factory and looked and felt almost new, with added power cables a cross fire X cable probably in a new box.

Cons: All obvious stuff here, but the fans run louder than the HD 7790. Also I had a couple at home, but the thing didn't come with a VGA adapter which I'm going to use for dual screen. The card was physically longer than expected which I got around by moving my HDD and had two power connectors instead of one.

Other Thoughts: For the casual and a some times Steam gamer this was a no brainer for the price! Some games were getting slower on an HD 7790 and dual screen was DOable but I feel much safer with double the memory and a higher grade GPU. It's good enough for web creation and some video editing, some gaming etc...


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Date Joined: 01/27/03


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