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Marc W.

Marc W.

Joined on 07/18/03

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Most Favorable Review

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Zotac ZBOXHD-ID40-U Intel NM10 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Zotac ZBOXHD-ID40-U Intel NM10 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Does MythTV and XBMC over Ubuntu superbly

Cons: nada

Overall Review: Have 2 of these for XBMC and as front ends for MythTV one of them for almost 2 years. Couldn't be happier. Paired them with 4GB ram and a 320GB HDD and they play everything I throw at them without even breathing hard.

Most Critical Review

When it works, it works well.

ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 Gaming Mini PC Black Barebones System Intel Core i5-5200U Dual-core CPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics
ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 Gaming Mini PC Black Barebones System Intel Core i5-5200U Dual-core CPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics

Pros: Very powerful. More powerful than a MythTV front end ever needs. But since Myth works best with Nvidia graphics I wanted to get a small computer with Nvidia. I found that Small Form Factor machines with Nvidia graphics are scarce so I settled on this one.

Cons: I've had to RMA two of these - one to Newegg and one to Zotac. After a period of time (1 week for one and 5 weeks for the other) the computer refused to power up. After receiving the units, Newegg and Zotac both said that, sure enough, the units were defective. I'm now on my third one direct from Zotac. We'll see how this one behaves.

Overall Review: While both Newegg and Zotac were moderately prompt in returning to me a new unit I was not ever informed of the root cause of the issue even though I had asked. Knowing what I know now I doubt that I would recommend one of these.