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Pros: sturdy, well constructed case
Cons: random, unexplainable disconnects.
linux system logs do not show any communications that indicate that the drives are disconnecting, and the system can't find them after the disconnect (see 'Other' section for more info...
Other Thoughts: on linux machine, the USB adapter shuts down, causing read/write errors to and from the drive. Accessing the drive does not reactivate it. Rebooting the machine does ont reactivate it, either. Disconnecting and reconnecting the USB bus does not reactivate the drives... It appears the the bus powers down inside the enclosure and does not re-enable unless the enclosure is powered off for more than 60 seconds and then powered back on again.READ FULL REVIEW
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 moneyREAD FULL REVIEW
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.