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This review is from: ASUS EA-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900, 3 in 1 Access Point/Repeater/Gigabit Ethernet Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port Up to 450Mbps downlink + 450Mbps uplink Wireless recertified
Pros: One of the last wireless adapters with an Ethernet connection for Internet connected devices w/o wireless built in.
Setup was done in 10 mins.
Cons: This adapter drops connection.
A simple unplug/re-plug in power, and it's back.
Other Thoughts: Read several negative reviews on product, but got a really good deal, and I don't regret the purchase. It performs better than I expected.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The combination of My AMD Vishera 8350/Gigabyte GA990FXAUD7, seemed to lack with previous memory rated 1600 and clocking @1333. When I attempted using XMP overclocking through Mobo, I would hang at Gigabyte Splash. Left It automatic. During the duration of Windows 8/8.1 this combo continually crashed, although all components passed separate tests. When I used The Gigabyte ovclk. app(EasyTune6) It would also crash, especially using Nero Video2014/later 2015. Reading through Mobo Manual I re-read Memory, and thought I'd try a higher rated speed memory, confine it to two dims and overclock using XMP utility. Worse that could happen I would have to pay for shipping and restocking, if my upgrade didn't work.
But the best happened, I am clocking 1866 Memory 2X 8 GB, and it has been working flawlessly. I even upped the multiplier on my CPU, and running@ 4.2 GHz air cooled.
I can easily recommend this memory.
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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.