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This review is from: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Pros: Has just about every type of input/output, good for those who still need serial ports and such.
Cons: Really don't see any, seems a good product for the money.
Other Thoughts: Bought this with the DIY package. Was shopping for a "basic" computer to run Linux and work with my amateur radio transceiver. I like that fact that the board essentially has at least "one of everything", because I have a radio that needs a serial port. It ran perfectly on first power up. I'm happy with the purchase.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Size. For an inexpensive "barebones" system it's got most of what you need. Great for installing open source software OS.
Cons: If you do your homework and know what you are buying: there aren't any. How much can we expect from a sub-$300 system?
Other Thoughts: I needed something "basic", small and simple for my ham radio room. I downloaded the latest Ubuntu and burned it to a CD: when the unit arrived I had it up and running in about 30ish minutes using my outboard CD player. There is a lot of solid ham radio (and other) software out there in open source. I can control my radios, decode digital signals, keep track of satellites, read email, chat and a number of other things, with no problems. Overall I like this unit. Its quiet hanging on the back of the monitor. Would recommend.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Size: small yet fully functional. The real deal.
Utility: enough peripheral connections to be useful, 2 card slots, wifi and webcam included.
Speed: boots up in seconds, not minutes.
Comes with linux ready to go. If you don't know much about linux the distro included is well matched to the hardware and you need know nothing about Linus and his kernel... It just works. Well.
Cons: None if you carefully read the product description. Some will mention "no CD reader". Yeah but then again the MacbookAir @ $1700 doesn't have one either. Some will say "it's only got 8 gigs!" Yeah, with windoze that would be a pain, in linux (often scaled to smaller older machines) it's really not a problem.
Other Thoughts: This is my backup machine when the SO is using my iBook (which is pretty often lately). It's a real computer. It does, actually, more than the "basic stuff". I'd been away from linux for a while but a couple of fun hours one afternoon allowed me to easily get the "advanced" desktop and install some software, add VLC, etc. I got the extra 16G card so I actually have 32G storage which is more than adequate for everything! This is morphing into my "regular" machine and I am very happy with it.READ FULL REVIEW