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This review is from: Cavalry EN-CAU3G-TB 2.5" USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Pros: Good price, metal case, USB 3.0
Cons: Extremely unreliable. Works maybe 50% of the time. Drive generally shows up in Windows, but not always, and file copies often error out and then Disk Manager locks up when trying to view status of the drive.
Other Thoughts: I don't bother using it any longer, as using an old USB 2.0 enclosure that works is actually faster when you factor in all the failed copy attempts. Look elsewhere.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC Intel NM10 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Pros: Small, inexpensive, low-power, and uses an external power supply. Most importantly for use as a router-- dual Broadcom NICs (not Intel, but also not Realtek, so I can live with it).
Cons: None, for what I bought it for. Seems like there are issues with 64-bit drivers, and onboard Intel video is not great, but neither matters to me. Not many expansion options, but again, I got what I needed.
Other Thoughts: Slapped in 4GB GSkill RAM (used a faster speed than recommended by accident (1333 MHz), but worked fine. Be sure to use a single stick in the bottom slot or you might have issues. Also used a 60GB OCZ Vertex (refurb) and it worked fine
Important to pfsense users: I could not install from a USB cd drive. Make sure to use the memstick build and install from a USB flash drive. Also, I could not get internet access with 2.1 no matter what I tried, so I installed 2.03 and it worked. I then upgraded to 2.1 via the web configurator and it still worked fine. These tips may save you a few hours.
Pros: - Tablet and dock came out of the box looking brand new.
- Screen is beautiful and 1080p
- No lag whatsoever with the i5 and 4GB of RAM
- Windows 8/8.1 is not so bad on a tablet or convertible
- Keyboard and touchpad work well when not disconnecting and reconnecting (see below)
- The ability to use it as a tablet, but then open and edit work documents or remote into a client and administer an ESXi server is very compelling.
Cons: - Keyboard dock connects and disconnects if you just look at it the wrong way, sometimes causing the touchscreen to also become unresponsive for a few seconds
- It's a little heavy
- The complaints about it being top-heavy when docked are true, but it's less of a nuisance to me than others had me expecting
- Battery life is not great, but it seems adequate based on my limited use thus far.
- Comes with Windows 8 missing almost 100 updates, so you have to install all those updates just to get the 8.1 upgrade to show up in the MS Store, which then takes a little while to install. Then you have to update all the apps after that. Not the end of the world though.
Other Thoughts: The concerns and trade-offs of an MS Tablet with a real laptop process and full OS are already quite obvious. My first concern was the condition of the refurbished unit, my second was the build quality, and my third was the dock disconnects I read about. I'm quite happy with the first two items, but the dock is pretty annoying.
I got the refurb at a great price and added a warranty, so even if I buy a case with a stand and a separate BT keyboard to eliminate the dock, I'll still be happy with what I got for what I paid.