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Dustin R.

Dustin R.

Joined on 09/02/04

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
VIA EPIA-MII12000 VIA C3 1.2GHz Processor VIA CLE266 Mini ITX
VIA EPIA-MII12000 VIA C3 1.2GHz Processor VIA CLE266 Mini ITX

Pros: This is a great bored if you don't need it for a specific use (like industrial applications). I use the PCMCIA slot with a Linksys BCM4318 wireless card, I bought a PCI->PCMCIA card which I have a PCMCIA Bluetooth card, and I'm running it all without fault using Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10. I'm not using the onboard CF reader, but I would like to and make my system have only the CPU fan for a moving part. I can think of sooo many projects that this board would be good for. Mine is becoming a dedicated security box (war driving, packet sniffing, pen testing, etc).

Cons: None with the mobo. I had troubles with the Linksys card, but that is a linux problem.

Overall Review: This is THE mini-itx board to use if you want to play around with the world of mini or embedded computers.

Great

Sony NEC Optiarc Black 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ ATAPI Slim DVD Burner
Sony NEC Optiarc Black 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ ATAPI Slim DVD Burner

Pros: I just ordered my second one. I ordered one last year for my laptop, and now I just ordered one for my mini-itx. They are great drives.

Cons: N/A

Perfect for Mini-ITX Systems

SolidTek ACK-540 KB-540BP5 Black 89 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Mini Keyboard with TouchPad
SolidTek ACK-540 KB-540BP5 Black 89 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Mini Keyboard with TouchPad

Pros: I am using this with a Mini-ITX I built. It matches the system perfectly. I use a laptop for work, so the touchpad suits me well. It's small and compact, which is what I wanted.

Cons: Only 1, I dislike keyboards without numpads. But I ordered this one to be compact, so it is my own fault.

No problems

SYBA PCMCIA to PCI Convertor Card Ricoh Chipset Model SD-PCI-PCM
SYBA PCMCIA to PCI Convertor Card Ricoh Chipset Model SD-PCI-PCM

Pros: Works exactly as it should. I have a PCMCIA Bluetooth card in it. No problems.

Cons: N/A

Great mini-itx case

iStarUSA S3 STORM SERIES Black SECC body, ABS and aluminum front panel Mini-ITX Tower Entertainment Computer Case 80W Power Supply
iStarUSA S3 STORM SERIES Black SECC body, ABS and aluminum front panel Mini-ITX Tower Entertainment Computer Case 80W Power Supply

Pros: This is an excellent mini-itx case. Easily disassembled, came with all the parts I needed except the CD-ROM adapter, which iStarUSA sent me free of charge. I love it.

Cons: I only have two complaints. My front panel cover for the USB and front audio came off, one of the nubbins broke. But no big deal there. Second, I'm not a big fan of the SFF type cases that have the CD-ROM and HDD holder over the motherboard.

Overall Review: I'm using an EPIA MII-12000 motherboard with an Syba PCI-to-PCMCIA card, Linksys BCM43xx Wifi, and Zoom Bluetooth. Works flawlessly.

Excellent VFD

Silverstone SST-FP54-B Black Case Front Panel With VFD Display
Silverstone SST-FP54-B Black Case Front Panel With VFD Display

Pros: Looks great, works great. I have it displaying up/down speeds on my firewall.

Cons: Had to configure pinout in the software different. It doesn't follow the standard pinout.

Overall Review: Once I fixed the pinout it worked great. Sits in my firewall 24/7 letting me know what traffic looks like.