Small yet power PC
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"The stand is not much to look at and it is made of plastic, but it does a surprisingly good job of holding the PC steady." It's made out of aluminum.
This would make an excellent replacement for our thin clients. Unfortunately, Dell don't seem to be interested in the business market with these - they load non-busines operating systems and offer no corporate deals. Pity; my users would love them.
My experience lately has shown that this product has one flaw! It's made by Dell. They have been so busy cost cutting and reducing staff to stay alive that their equipment has taken a serious nose dive in the quality department. I have dropped my recommendation to clients thinking about buying a Dell, even for home use.
First look??? This model has been available since July and updated one has been announced in December...
...if I can't modify or upgrade it? And my computer sits on the floor next to the desk, so it would save me no desk space. I'm not impressed.
Do other manufacturers have anything similar in the works? Preferably with an non-Intel (AMD) processor?
I suppose that power is supplied by an external brick style power supply. I wonder how durable it is and how susceptable to overheating it may be.
Well, this really is not the review of the unit - just a quick look. The full review is coming soon in the Product Spotlight Blog. Our test machine cost about $750 delivered.
While the price is very reasonable I'm more concerned with reliability. Look at the small size of the fan. How does it move air and stay cool especially with the optional Blu-Ray drive and say a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings marathon weekend pushing 1080p to a Flat panel.
Small foot print, easy portability, HDMI and five USB ports will make this a great piece for our use in meetings as well an on my desk. How soon can we get some?
I have 12 of these teamed with the 22" Crystal monitor in a student lab environment in a University since October and they have been fine. They look great, we got them in orange & green to match the decor of the new learning space but I really wanted to get the bamboo case. The DVD drive has caused some confusion as students put the disks in the wrong way and they won't eject. The Crystal monitors have a major issue in that if you press the power button while the PC is powered on and try and power the monitor back on again it stays in powersave mode & you have to power cycle the PC to get it on again.