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Pros: Metal enclosure (not plastic), small footprint, can enable/disable power saving mode, loop detection, port mirroring, IGMP Snooping, VLAN config, web GUI interface, lifetime warranty, sale price.
Cons: Price dropped ten bucks after I bought it. Rebate hassles. Not for network newbies! 5 ports might fill up fast. 8 port version was nearly double the price of this 5 port at the time of purchase. Out of the box it defaults on 192.168.0.239. If you're wireless router is set at 192.168.1.xxx like mine then it could throw off a lot of newbies. I had to install the ProSafe Plus Utility software so I could change it to a 192.168.1.xxx in order to use the web GUI. Just an FYI, no IEEE802.3ad LACP support (no eggs taken off for this).
Other Thoughts: I initially bought this because my Netgear ReadyNAS 204 has two gigabit NIC's for link aggregation. I thought this switch supported hardware IEEE802.3ad LACP, but it does not. My mistake for not looking more carefully into the specs of this switch. I was still able to bond them for adaptive load balancing on this switch. If the terms VLAN, port mirroring, & IGMP snooping are foreign to you, then I'd advise purchasing a less expensive "unmanaged" switch and not this. But if you need to setup VLAN's and the like, or just want to learn what more advanced network switches can do then go ahead and get this switch (when it's on sale)!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Decent price, exact specs for upgrading a Dell Inspiron 3847.
Other Thoughts: My six year old AMD build was starting to flake out so I bought a refurb Dell Inspiron 3847 i5-4460 to get me through until Kaby Lake or Cannonlake comes out so I can build myself a new computer. It only came with 4 GB of RAM, which would not suffice. So I went on Kingston's website and put in the make & model and it suggested this ram for the upgrade. Now I have 8 GB of dual-channel RAM. It's not the fastest or latest & greatest DDR4, but if you only need a stick of 4 GB RAM for an upgrade then this will do the trick.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small size, easily mounts to back of monitor, silent operation, Haswell Celeron dual core processor, Ethernet/WiFi/Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports, boots up in 5 seconds - shuts down in 1 second, ease of upgrading memory & SSD. An extra 100 GB of Google Drive space for two years (with your current free 15 GB of disk space brings the total to 115 GB).
Cons: Power button has a mushy feel. Mouse sensitivity settings could be improved. Impossible to find the Asus Chromebox wireless keyboard & mouse unless you spend > $200 more on the i3 model. I use Dashlane password manager, but it does not support ChromeOS (not the fault of this Asus Chromebox). I have to export my password list to an Excel spreadsheet, open it in a Chrome tab then copy/paste my user ID's & passwords. Dumb, but it works.
Other Thoughts: I couldn't be more happier with this little Chromebox except for the lack of Dashlane support (come on Dashlane, make a ChromeOS version)! It's lightning fast and gets the job done. School yourself first to make sure this is right for you. If you spend most of your time in a web browser then this is perfect! I'm using an iclever bluetooth keyboard, HP X7500 bluetooth mouse, Creative D80 bluetooth speaker, & Asus VS247H-P monitor via HDMI. I also have a Synology NAS to store files so I don't even need to use the USB ports, but it is nice that they are there to attach an external hard drive or thumb drive if needed.
I added an extra stick of RAM to double the memory from 2 GB to 4 GB for just under twenty dollars. That gives me a little more breathing room. You can go up to 8 GB if you want/need to open more than 20 tabs. The Celeron CPU is good enough for 1080p streaming, but will not do 4K. If that's what you're in to then go for the core i3 model. The 16 GB SSD seems really small, but really you don't need anything larger. This is not running a bloated Windows OS! And it's not too difficult to add a larger SSD if you want.
If you love constantly updating drivers, dealing with registry errors, running antivirus software, persistent crashes & blue screens of death, always looking forward to Patch Tuesday, having to re-install Windows on a yearly basis because it runs too slow, then this Chromebox is not for you! But if you're sick & tired like me of dealing with all that nonsense, then switch to this Chromebox. You won't be sorry!