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This review is from: ASRock Deskmini 110W Intel Socket LGA1151 Intel H110 2 x 260Pin SO-DIMM * Intel HD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are GPU integrated. - Supports M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 only
Pros: Tiny. It's roughly the size of an ATX power supply, and will hold a pair of 2.5" SSDs. A stock intel cooler fits quite nicely on this rig, I'm uncertain if anything taller would fit.
Mine came with the wireless option, which was an unexpected bonus. Building was straightforward and easy enough. Boot time on a windows 7 install from a Cruicial MX300 SSD is about 15 seconds from cold boot; it's fast enough for my use case. (htpc, and occasionaly acting as an artemis bridge server)
Cons: None really. If it was about an inch taller, or if a side-car style add-on chassis for an optical drive was made for it, that would have been cool. I'm pretty happy with it as is, though.
Other Thoughts: I would absolutely recommend this to someone who wants a tiny tiny machine and doesn't need an plug-in video card.
It does seem to be rather picky about what USB 3.0 hubs you plug into it, although that could be a windows 7 issue. (I had major keyboard/mouse lag with a USB 3.0 hub plugged into it which was a bit frustrating.) I made do with a USB 2.0 hub and everything was peachy. I'm not deducting any eggs from the review because of it, just mentioning it.
Speaking of windows 7, the utility that ships with the product only patches the boot image for USB3.0 support on a windows 7 install drive; I ended up digging out my trusty copy of NTlite to patch the install.wim file as well and manually injecting the USB3 drivers into the installer. I expect that the USB issues may go away with a more modern OS (8.1 pro or 10), but it does 'well enough' with what I've got on it.
Pros: I purchased this to go inside an ASRock DeskMini110 chassis, with the intention of replacing an aging and slowly dying Core2Duo based HTPC. It handles playback from DVD and transcoded videos just fine, and has enough oomph to handle low end games.(Artemis mostly) While I've not found a *decent* blu-ray player, once it gets through the menu, it handles playback just fine over a USB2 rated connection.
Cons: The stock cooler was a bit finicky to put on, but I blame myself as I've not done a pure scratch build like this in some time. :)
Other Thoughts: For basic computing purposes, this will do everything you want- web browsing, media playback, and video games that don't require an external video card. YMMV, obviously.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SIIG JU-SA0012-S1 USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Adapter
Pros: Connects both standard 3.5" and laptop IDE drives, and has a standard SATA connection. It uses a detachable mini USB cable to connect to the computer, making the whole thing fit nicely in a took bag. It's not fast, but it does what it says on the tin. I use this primarily for data recovery- it's not intended for daily usage as an external drive adapter, but as a tool to recover data from a drive removed from a failed enclosure or system.
Cons: The SATA power adapter tends to crowd the data side cable a bit making getting both cables to fit a challenge at times. The adapter also seems a bit fragile, and the power cable to run the adapter itself is a bit on the short side.
Other Thoughts: I've owned this for a couple years- It sees intermittent use primarily for data recovery and salvage operations, but it's worked perfectly the times I've used it.READ FULL REVIEW