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This review is from: Shuttle DS81L Intel H81 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Pros: Small, quiet, easy to work inside.
Cons: Don't fool yourself into thinking you're going to (easily) use this for Sophos UTM Home or ESXi 6.0. Neither of them install easily. Sophos UTM because it uses HDMI and DisplayPort exclusively - there is no VGA port and Sophos UTM is designed for enterprise-like appliances which have standard VGA ports and serial console ports. And ESXi because the Realtek NICs do not have drivers included in the generic ESXi ISO.
You'll have to do some custom work to get either running on this box.
Other Thoughts: I should have done more research into the compatibility of this hardware with the software I intended to use on it before purchasing. If you intend to run Windows or a popular Linux distro, this box will probably work great for you.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Great heatsink/fan combo. I know what a 120mm fan looks like, but I was impressed at the size of this thing when I finally had it in my hands. (TWSS)
Cons: Mounting could be better. The heatsink can slide around on top of the processor even when properly installed.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link 16-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch (DGS-1100-16)
Pros: I got this when it was on sale for under 2 bills, and it was a great buy. I've got a lot of devices, enterprise grade firewall, multiple computers, home server, etc. and the port-based vlan feature works great to clean up some cables and easily put devices outside my firewall just by switching ports on the switch.
Cons: Haven't found any so far, been up and running for over 30 days with zero stability issues and it's barely warm to the touch.READ FULL REVIEW