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Pros: - This unit is very well made, and easy for a beginner to set up
- The ultra small footprint is what you are paying for
- Perfect for HTPC, except the remote control issue
Cons: By the time you have added memory, a WiFi, and some disk solution, this is NOT an inexpensive choice for a media player. Capable, yes, but cheap, no.
I could not get the IR working under Linux, despite others having reported doing this. It is possible that mine is defective, but more likely the current BIOS is not compatible with the existing Linux solutions. Beware that setting up the IR is not straightforward.
The cardboard box makes you listen to the intel jingle while you are unpacking it. You read that right.
There is no SPDIF output
Other Thoughts: Intel seems to have invented their own BIOS for these, and those familiar with other "Standard" BIOS will want to get familiar with it.
Given that the integrated IR receiver was the deal clincher for me, I am not happy with the outcome here. Those running windows on it may be luckier, but I won't be buying any more of these.
Pros: Same as factory toner
Printer can't tell the difference
Much more competitive price
Cons: No real directions
Other Thoughts: I have used several different Rosewill toners, and they have all worked just fine in my HP printer. One was a little dusty (loose toner) coming out of the package, so open them over a smooth surface you can clean up. No reason to pay much more for factory toner when these are the same quality.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The disk drive shows 3000 hours of use, moderate for a 3 year old machine. Overall condition is excellent for a refurb, good enough for me to give this one to my daughter as a gift. Everything works, typical superb thinkpad build and wifi radio. The 520M processor is good enough for anything except gaming. Not the best screen out there, but 1280 x 800 is fine on a 12" panel. Streams high res video off the network with ease, although a slight blue-ish caste to everything. The keyboard on this one is in near perfect condition, although not a replacement. Battery is just a 4-cell, and shows only 150 cycles - lots of life left, but only has capacity for maybe 2-3 hours from a full charge. I plan to pick up a 9-cell aftermarket. Legal code for Win7 pro that activated from my retail disk (none included with the machine), a nice bonus over Win 7 home premium. Overall, YMMV, but this one is a honey.
Cons: This particular unit is the bare-bones X-201, with really none of the extra options installed. It DOES have 4 GB of memory, but no webcam, no bluetooth, no mobile data radio, no higher res screen, no SSD. The little reading light works though!
Other Thoughts: I put SSD's in everything these days, and I never tried the included 160 GB disk, except to verify that it spun up and to extract the drivers from it. With an Adata SX900 and a clean install, this machine boots in 10 seconds and shuts down faster. Be aware that this is a SATA-II link internally, so don't pay extra for a faster SSD, as it will be link limited.READ FULL REVIEW