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Paul B.

Paul B.

Joined on 09/19/09

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Most Favorable Review

Like it more and more every day

SAMSUNG Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16 GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS XE303C12-A01US
SAMSUNG Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16 GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS XE303C12-A01US

Pros: Boots with a browser and I'm online with wifi in 10 seconds and with no hassles. Battery lasts 6 hours so I can use it a long time with no cords. I own 3 other laptops and end up using the Samsung Chromebook most of the time. It's very convenient. Doesn't get hot. In fact, it barely gets warm after 20 minutes of use. Works great for a quick email check or stock quote check. The screen is bigger than most tablets and it has a good keyboard.

Cons: It doesn't do Windows. Not really a Con for me though. In fact, I think it's great there is no 'Start Screen' or 'Metro Tiles'. One real Con is there aren't many offline apps available. Google is working on that.

Overall Review: Great lightweight laptop for traveling and handy around the house for quick web surfing. It probably won't replace your main computer, but it's fine for most online tasks.

Most Critical Review

Update to my previous review

Nextbook 7" Android Tablet - Dual Core 1.50Ghz 1GB RAM 8GB Flash, Android 4.1 GMS (M7000NBD)
Nextbook 7" Android Tablet - Dual Core 1.50Ghz 1GB RAM 8GB Flash, Android 4.1 GMS (M7000NBD)

Pros: 1gb of RAM, 8gb of Storage. Plays games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds just fine.

Cons: 8gb of storage, but only 512mb allocated for Apps. It appears Google imposed this limit for DRM reasons. You can try to delete the included apps like B&N Nook. But, when you turn the tablet back on, it runs an update and they all come back. About 300mb is used by the included apps, so you don't have much room for installing other apps. Then, if you have other apps installed, you get error messages saying 'insufficient storage' and it runs very slow. I found a workaround for this. See 'Other Thoughts' below.

Overall Review: I added an 8gb Micro SDHC card to the tablet. In Settings, you can move installed apps to the SD card. I moved the B&N Nook app and Candy Crush apps to the SD card and they worked just fine. Then I reinstalled Angry Birds and other apps one at a time, moving them to the SD card once they were installed. I no longer get the 'insufficient storage' error message, the updates run and the slowness problem is gone. Problem solved. This is the only way I could install more than 200mb of apps. It's a good workaround for techies, but non-techies like my mom may be confused and return the tablet for this reason. This tablet works for me, but I took away 2 stars because non-techies may have problems.

12/13/2013

Works great, easy to install

G.SKILL 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333 (PC3L 10600) Laptop Memory Model F3-1333C9S-8GSL
G.SKILL 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333 (PC3L 10600) Laptop Memory Model F3-1333C9S-8GSL

Pros: 8gb DDR3L RAM for under $40. Easy to install. It just works with no hassle.

Cons: Doesn't have a cool looking aluminum heat spreader?

Overall Review: There are 2 types of RAM in this form factor DDR3 and DDR3L. Make sure you order the right one. DDR3 memory won't work in some computers that require DDR3L.

Great small form factor DIY PC

Shuttle XS35V4 Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Shuttle XS35V4 Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Small, silent and fanless. Easy to assemble. Holds a 2.5 inch SSD no problem Builtin WiFi works great. Booted OK with a Linux Mint 17.3 USB flash drive. Quad Core 2ghz Celeron processor is fast enough for casual gaming. Windows 10 runs well. Has a DB15 VGA Video connector, which is not included on some other small form factor computers. Runs great with an 8GB G.Skill SODIMM.

Cons: Don't like the UEFI 'BIOS'. I couldn't find a way to switch to legacy BIOS. This computer would not boot with my existing Windows 7 (upgraded to Windows 10) SSD. I had to reinstall Windows and I lost all of my data and installed programs. I didn't have a tiny Phillips screwdriver small enough for the included HDD/SSD mounting screws. Has room for a 2nd HDD/SSD in the CD/DVD slot, but the mounting bracket is not included.

Overall Review: From the description, I couldn't tell if it has a builtin WiFi adapter or not. Yes, it includes a Realtek RTL8188EE mini PCI-E 802.11 B/G/N adapter. The antenna is internal. The Wifi adapter was recognized natively with Linux Mint 17.3 without installing any drivers.

Works great with Linux Mint

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85N 3D LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85N 3D LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Booted right up the first time with my old Linux Mint 17 SSD, no drivers required. My old DDR3 1333 memory worked just fine too, It supports BIOS by default. I really don't care if it supports Windows 8 or not, because Linux is better anyway. 2 SATA III ports and 2 SATA II ports. Plenty of USB3 and USB2 ports. HDMi, DVI and VGA ports, plus 2 gigabit ethernet ports. There's even a COM1 serial port header on the motherboard. Dual Channel Memory support is a plus too, It was much easier to install than I expected and the included instruction manual is good. I'm using it with a refurbished Pentium G3220T 35w TDP processor and 8gb DDR3 1333 memory for a nice low wattage Linux desktop system that will run 24hrs a day as a file server too.

Cons: No Wi-Fi built in. No parallel printer port?

Overall Review: It's a great upgrade from my old slow Gigabyte GA-E 350N motherboard with an 'embedded' AMD E-350 1.6ghz processor that only supports single channel memory.

Great low power processor

Intel Pentium G3220T - Pentium Dual-Core Haswell Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1150 35W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - G3220T SR1CL
Intel Pentium G3220T - Pentium Dual-Core Haswell Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1150 35W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - G3220T SR1CL

Pros: This processor blows away the 1.6ghz AMD E-350 processor on my old motherboard. It supports my old DDR3 1333 memory too, 35w TDP is great for a computer that I always leave on, It was very easy to install. I can hardly tell it's 'Refurbished'. The Intel HD integrated graphics are supported natively by Linux Mint. Works great.

Cons: No heat sink or fan included, but my new Thermaltake Gravity i1 CPU cooler is probably better and quieter than the stock Intel cooler anyway.

Overall Review: Good choice for a Mini ITX case if you don't want massive noisy fans, Works great for my casual home use family computer that's also a home file server. Maybe not enough CPU power for hardcore gamers though,