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Intel BOXNUC6I5SYH 2 x 260Pin SO-DIMM Intel Iris graphics 540
1 x full-size HDMI 1.4b
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2 Aluminum and Plastic Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Powerful unit, really awesome specs for such a small device.
Compatible with OpenELEC appliance OS for HTPC usage (with KODI)
Built in M.2 port, IR, DisplayPort, and USB 3.0

Cons: BIOS has a bad history so far. (Still has problems with current 033)
My first unit blew up pretty hardcore a few weeks after I got it.
Memory compatibility issues.
Updating the BIOS can be a nightmare.
Standard 2.5" slot is very difficult to remove a drive out of.

Other Thoughts: After tinkering with this unit for a few weeks and getting OpenELEC running smoothly on it, the unit decided to blow up. I was notified it has bit the bullet because for some reason it started dumping massive voltage into the managed network switch it was hooked to, and that switch threw health alarms all over my network. After powering it odwn manually, the unit would no longer come back online, only showing a solid blue light on the front but no video output, no BIOS post screen, no HDD activity. Intel confirmed the unit was toast and requested I initiate an RMA through NewEgg.

The RMA was initially for a replacement, but I was told it takes 10 days AFTER the bad unit is received to even start shipping the replacement, which is insane. However, NewEgg support allowed me to swap it to a refund and float the $400 to buy another unit now and overnight it, and offered to refund me the shipping costs. I'm still going to be out nearly $400 for weeks until they refund the defective unit.

These units are fantastic when they work properly. If I didn't realize how great they were I'd probably not bother to risk replacing it with a second unit.

HGST Ultrastar A7K2000 DL-HUA722020ALA331 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Review sites are very positive about these and the Deskstar drives. I generally only purchase Western Digital drives, but the overwhelming review support had me take a leap of faith.

Cons: Unfortunately, this is the first time I've ordered a refurb hdd unit and had it fail almost instantly.

Within 12 hours of usage, Windows 7 indicated a SMART health check failure, and after investigating the drive I've determined it's a legitimate failure. Wiping what I can of this drive and sending it back RMA for a replacement if available. Glad I kept my old 500GB WD drive on hand this was replacing.

Other Thoughts: This drive is generally heralded as one of the most reliable units on the market for it's class.

LG 34UM95-P Black 34
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very dense PPI, nice small bezel, VESA mounting option*, larger than you might think.

I replaced dual 27" monitors, and although I lost a little horizontal real-estate, I'm very satisfied with my choice.

Cons: The stand isn't great, I'd recommend an aftermarket stand or mount.

At the writing of this review, many games and services (Steam broadcasting for one) do not support 21:9 resolutions at this point in time, so you're stuck with a scaled 16:9 picture.

Other Thoughts: The mounting point for the factory stand sticks out in the back, potentially conflicting with aftermarket VESA mounts with low clearance, and I don't believe it's removable. There's zero documentation on VESA mounting options included.


MATTHEW B.'s Profile

Display Name: MATTHEW B.

Date Joined: 06/27/06

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 02/01/14
  • Last Review: 02/08/16
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