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Pros: Well built on looks but lacking under the hood.

Cons: Battery life is garbage.
Can't use as a laptop because it doesn't charge faster than what it uses.
Can't upgrade to 64 bits because of a bug in the BIOS.
No support, No drivers.

Other Thoughts: This is just another release by a company that buys these garbage tablets out of China with no support.
I learned the hard way by buying one and many smaller tablets by the same company at my local base exchange.
Don't waste your money but instead if you can actually find a use for a Windows Tablet outside of playing Candy Crush or watching 45 minutes of a movie before having to charge it then add an extra $100 and buy from a company that you can at least email and get a response.

I hate Android tablets but at least you can get something that works and is supported for very little money.

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GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5557 (rev. 1.0) AMD Bolton M3 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 8550G Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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Pros: Great look and the right connections for SSD.
Can take a fair amount of memory.
Windows 10 Anniversary works like a charm.

Cons: Outside of web browsing the thing is useless unless you can tolerate the noise from the fan.
The thing is so under powered yet it heats up like it's actually doing something.
I read an article that they were able to get the fan to run quieter by using better thermal paste.
Well, I rebuilt the thing from the ground up with arctic silver and the thing still buzzes away which makes watching movies un-tolerable.

What gets me is the expense of a bare bones unit when for $100 more you can get a fully fleshed out laptop with touchscreen and no noise.

Somehow every time I buy from Newegg I get burnt whether it be this unit, a phone or a Battery Backup for my computer.
The horrors of online shopping and mostly cheap products from China.

Other Thoughts: No, I would NOT recommend this to others.
It has no function unless you pull it from it's case and use it as some type of modded product with a quieter fan.
Possibly a MAME project or an advanced controller.
Either way, using as a desktop replacement outside of surfing the web and email is useless when you can get something cheaper or pay a little more for laptop.
Heck, Tablets can out do this thing.

Why such things are released to the public when their own engineers know the sound of the fan is an issue is beyond me other than they are just in it for the money and don't care about customer satisfaction.

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Pros: 100% NONE

Cons: Where should I start.
NOT designed for Windows 10. This was originally for Windows 8 AND I paid $40.
It took a lot of complaining to the someone from customer service over a month just to get drivers.
Windows 10 takes up most of the 16 gig space because there is NO small version of Windows 10.
Do NOT try to upgrade because there is not enough space, you will have to reinstall overtop of.
The SD Card does not come online until after it's booted and is recognized as a separate drive so your out of luck when it comes to installing more than a couple of apps.
The screen is made of plastic and scratches and hope that the right drivers is in their package or the touch does not work, I got my driver from another user that figured it out and NOT their customer service.
Speaking of, don't expect customer support.
This is nothing but the cheapo of the cheapest coming out of Mexico product.
Don't even get me started on the Excursion XB. If your dumb enough to buy that garbage then your dumb enough to lose the money.

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't recommend this to my mother-in-law.
The screen is too small to be of use as a windows product so your only stuck with apps riddled with advertisements.
I eventually used mine as a controller for my Kodi setup.
Any other use would be a paperweight or give it to someone you hate.

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Display Name: brunori

Date Joined: 07/08/07

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 06/30/13
  • Last Review: 10/09/16
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