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ASUS VivoPC-VM40B-02 Desktop PC Celeron 1007U (1.50GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD No Screen Windows 8.1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Tempting Form Factor Eventually Delivers 10/01/2014

This review is from: ASUS VivoPC-VM40B-02 Desktop PC Celeron 1007U (1.50GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD No Screen Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: This tiny box about as big as a personal pizza.
Celeron Processor, price point acceptance. Celeron Dual Core isn't totally bad as I had hoped. This little desktop needs to looked at for what it is, not what it isn't.
Works well as a music streamer, Windows Media Player
Virtual Jukebox, Media Center PVR.

Cons: What this computer is not, is a multi-tasker, video rendering, or video gaming computer.
There is a little pamphlet that shows you how to turn on unit, hookup keyboard mouse, and monitor, changing memory, swapping HDD for SSD, but no specific questions answered, like how do you access recovery partition.
Do you make backup discs, or can you make a USB backup, non of this answered. Asus sure could take a lesson from HP regarding User Manual.

Other Thoughts: I wrote an Email to ASUS customer service, and their reply was to use system restore. So how do you make a recovery drive....they didn't have an answer.
I discovered you have to use 16 GB USB drive, using Windows Recovery, click create recovery drive, and the rest is self evident. I managed to do a recovery to a Samsung EVO 840 500 GB. and put the 500 GB WD Blue (original HDD)in storage.
A couple words of advice, especially another reviewer almost threw his through the window; Don't mess with any of the BIOS settings. Otherwise processor runs 70+*c constantly. Really the only setting perhaps is upping the RPM on the system fan....even at max can't hear it. Once I accepted the stock setting the temps dropped, and the 70-75% processor time.
This is unit replaces an HP laptop from 2007 with a broken internal screen, using the HDMI OUT as a HTPC, ran VER
Y hot, AMD Turion x64 ran 76-85* and sat precariously on top a center channel speaker.
So I can recommend this VIVO box as a HTPC. I also like the Vivo 42, which can have two SSD, unfortunately this one only has one SATA in.

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Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Black 10-inch Powered Subwoofer Single
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Superb Quality from Polk 09/05/2014

This review is from: Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Black 10-inch Powered Subwoofer Single

Pros: Deep clean Bass. Replacing a 10 y/o Yamaha Subwoofer, and the sound of this new Polk Subwoofer is very satisfying.

Cons: I do have turn down the level depending on the source.
ie.. DirecTV, home Theatre PC, or Internet radio.
Sometimes too powerful, and must be turned down.

Other Thoughts: I was worried, but when the price was reduced , I took the plunge. I was blown away at the power of this sub, connected to a new. Denon HT receiver, and my 14 y/o
Polk Seattleites. Overall I love this purchase.

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SYBA CL-ENC25035 Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Slide in scheme. close the door.
USB 3.0
80 MB reads/110 MB writes SSD (atto)

Cons: Wouldn't fit a Crucial C300 SSD. Door just wouldn't close
Button should be labeled open close, not on off.

Other Thoughts: Lost the joy on this product not worth send back.

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Display Name: Phillip T.

Date Joined: 03/14/05

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  • First Review: 12/05/06
  • Last Review: 10/01/14
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