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Pros: Nice form factor

Cons: 5005u is an i3 not an i5

Other Thoughts: Newegg is advertising this as having an i5 processor. The rn66-ur11 has an i3 processor not an i5. The Intel 5005u is an i3 not an i5. Acer sells a higher end unit, the ur12 with an i5, but this isn't it even though neweggs ad would lead you to believe so.

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Pivos Xios DS Media Play Ultra Slim Wifi Smart TV Companion XBMC
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2 out of 5 eggs Good Hardware.....crippled by beta quality OS options 12/24/2012

This review is from: Pivos Xios DS Media Play Ultra Slim Wifi Smart TV Companion XBMC

Pros: Nice little piece of hardware
"When Working" decodes full screen 1920x1080 HD video
Quite a bit of active development going on at PIVOS
Active users forum.
PIVOS is very active in XBMC community.
ICS and Linux install images available.

Cons: Software is of Beta Quality
Two different versions of device shipped with same SKU (M1 or M3). Each has different firmware and different bugs associated with firmware. You have no way to tell which you will get when ordering (older M1 with 512MB of ram or newering M3 with 1024MB of ram)
M3 units (current) firmware doesn't recognize some HDMI TV's, black screen on boot, others no audio.
Out of box, units have ICS and that is about it. No instructions in the box, just a device as a blank slate with ICS install. Only after hours of going through their forums, applying updates, installing their additional patches, and installing user supplied fixes, you might have a useable box.
Box doesn't support any power saving, power management, so box runs hot all the time. This is a software issue at Geniatech versions have a suspend/low power mode.
Software/OS isn't currently what I would consider release quality and with the long list of bugs and issues makes you feel like you are part of a beta test.

Other Thoughts: Unit is basically the same hardware at Geniatech ATV510 units floating around. Will also see same hardware under other VAR names. The bottom line is what makes or breaks these types of devices is the software and OS. PIVOS is a major supporter for XBMC and porting of XBMC to android, and my hats is off to them for their efforts.

While the PIVOS team seems to be constantly working on updates and fixes the reality is that as of "today" the software is only of beta quality. Which means that out of the box this is more of a Toy for the tinkerer or hacker in the house, and really isn't a plug and play android device that will fullfill you streaming and multimedia needs.

To get mine working I had to update the ICS firmware, modify the build.prop file, install numerous user supplied hotfixes, and then and only then is devices margially usable as a media center client.

Even out of the box the device won't sync its calendar, gmail, or anything else with google untill you modify the build.prop file.

On the Linux side of things they do provide a XBMC-Linux install image but it has its problems as well. Its based off the same kernel/drivers as the android image so it has many of the same bugs.

This device has great potential in the future once the OS (ICS or Linux) installs get to a mature state. Right now it just isn't there yet.

Bottom line is if you are looking for a toy and light to tinker in linux or ICS development, this might be a fun toy for you. If you are a plug and play kind of person and want to just install it and have it work, you might want to look for something else or wait untill the software for the device has time to mature.

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Cavalry CADA CADA001SA2 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 2-bay RAID Disk Array for PC
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4 out of 5 eggs Get latest manual and software 06/10/2008

This review is from: Cavalry CADA CADA001SA2 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 2-bay RAID Disk Array for PC

Pros: Device is alot of storage for little $. System works well once configured.

Cons: Included documentation and software appears to be out of date. Documentation on the switch settings and such are available on their website:
http://www.cavalrystorage.com/products/manuals/CADAxxxSA2%20Manual.pdf
Which was much more complete information then what was included in the box. Get the latest docs, and the latest software and it should work for you.

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Craig G.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig G.

Date Joined: 04/20/06

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 02/23/08
  • Last Review: 01/29/17
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