Joined on 05/29/06
Very nice unit overall. Great performance. Very happy I purchased it.
Pros: CPU is quick, graphics are snappy. Very nicely designed package - unscrew 4 bottom screws and you can open the unit and get to everything. I had everything (RAM, M2's) installed in 5 minutes. RAM and M.2's are very easy to install. Lots of nice ports - multiple USB 3.0's, SD card, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, etc - lots of fast ports. Thunderbolt 3 opens many high-speed possibilities. Unit physically is small, looks nice. Fan noise is low. When it boots the fan noise does increase temporarily, but generally the fan noise is low to average, but not zero. As expected, the fan speed occasionally speeds up during heavy CPU usage. The outside case was always cool to touch (not even warm), even after extended periods of time of usage, so air ventilation appears well designed. Memory is expandable to 32GB max, a big plus. The built-in HDMI video output worked straight out of the box with my 4K monitor (LG @ 4096x2160), a big plus. Faster refresh rates may be available via the Thunderbolt 3 interface.
Cons: No major con's that I ran into. Everything worked and runs as expected. For some people, the lack of an internal 2.5" drive bay may be a concern. You can always connect 2.5" drives externally via either the USB 3.0 ports or via a Thunderbolt adapter. Of course you have to add your own RAM, M.2 storage, and OS. See note below about installing the Intel device drivers.
Overall Review: I added 32GB of DDR4 RAM and two M.2 memory modules (the very fast Samsung 950 Pro series). Overall I'm very satisfied with the performance - very snappy during boot time and during general use too. One installation tip: After you install your OS (I installed Win10), you will also want to go to the Intel.com website and download the various device drivers for this unit. The Win10 install disk I booted with installed Windows OK but Win10 did not recognize the built-in Intel Ethernet port. I plugged in a USB-to-Ethernet adapter to get Ethernet temporarily working, which Windows10 did automatically recognize that Ethernet adapter. After I installed Windows, then I went to intel.com and installed the Intel device drivers, then Windows recognized the built-in Ethernet port. The external power supply / AC adapter is a bit larger than I would have expected (is OK for me since my unit stays at my desk). NewEgg shipped on day 1 of release, exactly as expected.