Joined on 09/19/05
Pros: Great product, bought 6. Mounts off the back of monitor VESA mounts and runs great. Matched with a decent SSD you can get a nice desktop. I used these to replace a set of Asus EEE desktops and they are quicker than the Atom processors. These NUCs aren't going to have i3 performance but it can handle multitasking well.
Cons: Runs warm. Black aluminum trim gets warm but there are no stability issues. Maybe it is also heat-soaking from the LCD panels they are attached to. I don't own the other processor powered NUCs so I don't know if this unit runs hotter than others.
Pros: Great drive. Speeds are great, but not as fast as drives of larger capacity. There is enough drive capacity for a Windows 7 install plus a couple applications.
Cons: OEM kit. Drive only and no screws. Not much of a con, as the NUC comes with screws for mSATA.
Overall Review: This drive pairs great with a NUC with Celeron 847 for great "dumb" terminals. Low cost and easy build makes for machines that a perfect for simple multitasking. Boots fast and beats any Atom net-top.
Compact design, standard USB 3.0 connector
Pros: Compact design that keeps the overall package small. Other enclosures have extra pieces attached that just take up space. Standard USB 3.0 Micro-B connector. That means the cable is replaceable when lost or for different lengths.
Cons: The enclosure is powered by an ASMedia ASM1051 controller which is up to SATA 2G (3.0Gbps), not the SATA 3G (6.0Gbps) as in the specification. Not a huge con but may be misleading.
Overall Review: Pulled ~80MB/s transfers on a Corsair Force 3 60GB. CrystalDiskMark random writes at 62 MB/s and reads at 154 MB/s. Speeds will vary with the drive installed, but it seems like this is a pretty solid controller.
Pros: Works flawlessly with Intel Z68 Smart Response Technology. Cut boot and load times dramatically.
Overall Review: This is a SSD designed to be a cache drive. Shows up as 64GB to the OS, and also the maximum size supported by Intel SRT. Feels slightly slower than the Vertex 3 that I used before as a cache but still a great boost in speed.