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Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.

Joined on 03/10/04

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Most Favorable Review

great kubuntu htpc

Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U Intel Atom D510 NM10 Chipset 1 x 200Pin Next-Gen NVIDIA ION GPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U Intel Atom D510 NM10 Chipset 1 x 200Pin Next-Gen NVIDIA ION GPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Plays 1080p Blu-ray rips with ease (less than 10% CPU) with XBMC 9.11. Small and quiet enough for my tastes (with the latest BIOS update from 6/10). I paired it with my Harmony remote for most functions, but what I cannot do with the remote, a wireless keyboard/trackball combo does wonderfully.

Cons: A little tricky with HDMI sound in linux (hint: alsa 1.0.23). It does run a little hot, but that is not an issue with my setup.

Overall Review: For the cost, it was the right item for my needs.

Most Critical Review

DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT.

XIGMATEK HDU-USD01 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB & eSATA External Enclosure
XIGMATEK HDU-USD01 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: None to speak of since I cannot test it.

Cons: Xigmatek OBVIOUSLY did not test this unit, because if they had, they would know that the SATA connectors do not align properly. Sure, you can force it, but plastic pieces will break in a heartbeat should you try. This HDD sled is a POC in my opinion. I will be returning it soon.