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iView CyberPad 420TPC Android Tablet - 1.2GHz 512MB DDR3 4GB flash memory 4.3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: small, cheap, android

Cons: slow, touch screen is non-responsive, horrible battery life, it overheats when watching videos or after 30+ minutes of continuous play, didn't come with charger or cable

Other Thoughts: bought 2 of these for my kids for Christmas, thinking that if they got broken, at least it wasn't a lot of money lost. I should have spent the extra money

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Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control Mini Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Works well with ubuntu and xbmc - followup on previous review 02/19/2011

This review is from: Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control Mini Barebone

Pros: works well with Ubuntu, XBMC, sabnzbd, and sickbeard

Cons: noisy fan, runs a little warm, not enough cpu to handle a usb digital tuner. see previous review and below for more details

Other Thoughts: owned 4 months. Fan started making noise after 3 weeks & died after 4. Sent to Jetway for repair. 3 weeks gone. Be aware, jetway charges $10 for warranty repairs. I complained & they waved the charge.

I moved the hard drive out to the eSATA port & installed an internal SSD as a system drive to reduce heat. Boots in 45 seconds, but fan is still louder than I would like. Not too loud to watch TV, but constant hum when not in use is annoying. I would replace the fan, but it's all soldered together as a single unit.

I also use this machine to run sabnzbd and sickbeard for tv "subscriptions" and it works wonderfully. an awesome combination if you're not familiar with it.

Recently, I tried adding mythtv with a hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950Q usb tuner for live tv viewing. Using dvb-apps and mplayer, I can get ATSC video and audio, but not smooth or in sync. And I haven't been able to get mythtv to work at all yet. I will probably have to move the backend service to another machine.

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Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control Mini Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: small & inexpensive. running Ubuntu 10.10 and XBMC Dharma beta 4. Had PCM audio running over HDMI, but haven't tried DD or DTS yet

Cons: fan started making noise after 3 weeks, audio output only on front (not good w/ 1 yr old). remote works as a mouse, but that's about it

Other Thoughts: After 3 weeks of the remote not working, then working, then not working and never recognized by Lirc, I gave up and ordered a mceusb compatible remote which worked out of the box. As for audio over HDMI, it took some tweaking in Ubuntu, but Google is your friend. until I get a new receiver (since the HDMI daughter board blew on mine), I'm sending audio out through the optical port on the front.

now, to find a mini PCIe SSD to put the OS on... since I don't really need the wireless.

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Display Name: Robert K.

Date Joined: 04/09/02

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 10/20/10
  • Last Review: 02/27/14
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