Date Joined: 01/17/05
Pros: Build quality is very good. The smaller of the two case fans is reasonably quiet (I didn't hook up the mongo fan in the front). This is targeted at a HTPC application.
Cons: As others have noticed, there is a lot of wasted space in this unit. The front third of the box is completely empty (except for the optical drive). The total volume is more like an ATX tower, but with more squarish dimensions.
This is also a little expensive (for not having a power supply included).
Overall Review: The size, or course, is a double-edged sword. It is too big to use in the shelves of my media center (height is 11+ inches), but the extra room inside made things much easier to hook up.
Pros: Lots of air movement
Cons: Noisy. I wanted to use this in a HTPC, but it is far too noisy in just my home office.
Pros: Inexpensive. Has power button (instead of yanking the cord). Has separate button to turn off wi-fi.
Cons: Subject to frequent/random dropouts, so it is not suitable for streaming media. Only has 10/100 ports; no gigabit ethernet.
Overall Review: I bought this as an access point, using a powerline adaptor to connect it to my main router. I kept experiencing random dropouts, so I went back to my old WRT-54GL.
Pros: Seamless integration with Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Cons: Returned the first one because of the excessive snow/bars/noise (making it unwatchable) before Hauppauge technical support could get back to me (48+ hours). They suggested feeding it from another source to test it. Sure enough, connecting cable to my VCR first, and then feeding the output of the VCR to the card worked pretty well. But that kinda defeats the purpose of Media Center.
Overall Review: My cable signal must be too strong. After adding an equalizer, then feeding it into a 3:1 splitter, the picture quality is somewhat acceptable. I need more time to play with it.
Pros: It's pretty enough.
Cons: It took me 2 hours to finally get everything to fit (it's for an HTPC, so things are squeezed down and mounted in odd places). As soon as the power cord touched the socket on the back of the case....bang! Bright light, some smoke, and dead. It's also riveted into the case, so no hope of swapping it out. And, shipping back the whole case is expensive (to me).
Overall Review: Someone should have at least plugged this thing in at the chinese factory. We could all benefit from some quality control.
Pros: Came with lots of cables.
Cons: The heatsink in the middle of the heat-pipe was pushed upwards to the point where it overlapped the area reserved for the CPU heatsink. You could see by the silk-screen outline on the board that it was a good 1/2 inch off the mark.
Overall Review: Why do I have to pay to ship back a defective product?!?!?!?! It's bad enough that my new build will be delayed by at least a week.