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Pros: Unobtrusive size and design
Included fasteners for mounting to the back of a monitor
Performance is consistent with advertised capabilities
Cons: None at this time
Other Thoughts: My days building custom desktop PCs for gaming are behind me, so I researched options for more compact and streamlined computing solutions. I reviewed Chromeboxes and this device. A local electronics retailer had it on sale for $80.00 even. For the price I decided to give it a try.
I have paired it with an Asus PA248Q monitor - something of an older model, but the four USB 3.0 ports built it to it alleviate the immediate need for bluetooth input devices. At first I tried simply inserting the stick directly into the HDMI port but I couldn't get it to power on. Using the included extension cable seemed to fix that. This monitor's native resolution is 1920x1200, and the Chromebit seems to handle it without breaking a sweat.
It powered on quickly, initial setup and software update was rapid. Web browsing is very fast and the graphics and sound capability seem relatively strong. I have yet to attempt streaming any movies but music plays well. At first I had difficulty getting any sound output from the monitor's speakers. This was remedied by the ultimate realization that the monitor doesn't have speakers - but it does feature a 3.5 mm audio jack. I broke my Sennheiser headphones out of storage and found my audio solution.
Initially I was bewildered by the absence of anything approaching a power button, but I've found that powering on the monitor will also start the Chromebit following a normal shutdown.
So far this seems like the perfect solution for my computing needs now. For the price I am satisfied and impressed.
Pros: Inexpensive. Easy to install. Works as advertised.
Other Thoughts: The local electronics retailer from whom I purchased an Asus Zenfone 2e doesn't stock any third-party cases or accessories for it, so I was compelled to search online. I was considering an alternate product on another e-commerce site but it is designed in two or three pieces that are designed to fit together to form one integral case. I didn't think that was the best option - I wanted something in one piece.
This product was exactly what I had in mind. It fits snugly around the Zenfone 2e and has all the appropriate cut-outs and raised material points to support total functionality. It is lightweight and provides protection and some grippage...the included case is sturdy but somewhat slick. Tremendous price point: normally $27.99 was marked down $22.80 to $5.19 with no tax and free shipping. Arrived in two or three days via USPS.
Superior selection and price, Newegg.
Pros: Good color. Minimal adjustment needed during initial set-up. Mountable. Bargain price.
Other Thoughts: I recently completed assembling a mid-range DIY desktop gaming PC with a GT 730 graphics card. I surmised that 1600x900 would probably be the best resolution to run so as not to place too much of a demand on the graphics hardware. Modest as it is, the GPU does have an HDMI output and this panel was the only 1600x900 I could find with an HDMI connector.
This monitor was easy to assemble and has the delightfully pleasant and unexpected feature of side-mounted input connectors. Most other monitors I have used have the connections mounted on the bottom facing downward, compelling the user to invert the monitor and/or stand assembly in order see the connectors.
I managed to purchase it on sale for $79.99. I coughed up $0.99 for Super Egg Saver shipping in 4-7 business days. It was delivered overnight. Super deal and service.
I recommend one for modest gaming utilizing the HDMI input. Grab one if you can - as of this writing Newegg is out of stock.