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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2011
This USFF (Ultra Small Form Factor) is really 10 x 10 inch but pretty heavy. Seems like solid metal construction. No keyboard, mouse or WiFi though. No bloatware either. No VGA port, but comes with an adpater to change its DVI port to a VGA. This adpater sticks out so much that IMHO can break or bend the pins. So I'm using a DVI cable instead of the DVI to VGA adapter. But since DVI port is right next to the power supply inlet, its a pretty snug fit. For routine reliable office use, you'll appreciate the size, price & performance.
What's really surprising is the B-I-G external power supply. Its size is maybe a third the size of the PC itself and it is heavy. When the PC turns on you get a disconcerting alert message that says battery is low. You are prompted to press F1 to continue or F2 to setup. Initially I thought that the big heavy power supply probably has a battery in there and after charging, the low charge message will go away. But no, several days later I get the same alert every time. I don't know if it will be a problem later.
Of course this old PC's parallel and serial ports are useless nowadays. No PS2 ports here either. So you'll need either a USB keyboard/mouse or your own Bluetooth adapter if you want to use wireless keyboard & mouse. Initially I used a USB keyboard/mouse and now I'm using a Logitech wireless combo.
This PC is no slouch; boots fast, speedy hard disk. The graphics & video is good. The only software it comes with is the XP Professional and IE6. So, most people will probably download IE8, install WiFi adpaters, connect their own speakers, Likely other browsers, add ons, drivers for office peripherals, Microsoft Office, etc. etc. Point is, its going to be a while before being productive. Oh, it has VLC player and AVG anti virus (free version) dowloaded in case you want to install them. Unit runs cool and quiet. Several USB ports in rear, 2 USBs in front; audio ports in front too. No problems using 24 inch monitors 1920 x 1200 (not 1920 x 1080) resolution for nice multi-window work. I did test HD video too. Of course with 1200 vertical resolution, it leaves a dark narrow band of black. But for watching video, its not a big distraction. Also, with no HDMI port, the DVI port puts out the video and I use a USB based external speaker set for audio.
So, skimpy on peripherals & software, yes but seems like a commercial unit that will probably last. My office has had so many problems recently with laptops (HP, Lenovo, Compaq, Dell, Toshiba) - seems like I'm constantly replacing defective/mal functioning laptops. I'm through with laptops. I've been getting off lease corporate used desktops and so far they are holding up better and are better buys for a small office.
Update: I've tried to connect my digital 46inch LCD TV and it does not work. I connected the VGA cable from the TV VGA port to this PC's DVI-VGA adapter. PC boots, goes through windows usual screens (with MSoft Logos, sound, etc) but just before displaying the Windows screen with program icons, the screen goes dark. After a few seeconds, TV shows "no input signal" message. Oh, also, I've begun to get an annoying message that says I should download some MSoft software that will tell me if this copy of Windows is genuine or not!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2013
The first one we got had some bad thermals and had to be returned. The second one was really beat up looking so I swapped the covers and sent the first one back. The new one worked pretty well for a few weeks. I installed Open office and a wireless dongle and that's about it for new software.
Over a short time the CMOS went bad so it always has wrong date and time which in turn causes updates to fail and security warnings.
Power management worked for a couple weeks but is now corrupt so it never turns off and will spin the hard drives 24 hours if you let it. I cannot locate anything with Dell that may allow me to update the system or otherwise get support for drivers, etc.
Far from silent, it is pretty loud with the hard drives running all the time- maybe an internal fan? Not sure. It runs hot so obviously thermal insulation is bad in this one too.
Despite having pretty good specs, it is slower than Christmas. Click the mouse, wait a few seconds then maybe you can proceed.

This was purchased for a student to use at the desk partly because it has XP, partly because it is very small to save desk space. Google drive, etc. barely function on it and she hates it. It freezes up and occasionally gets the blue screen of death and has to be rebooted. So far it has always come back but I don't expect any longer term use for this one.
It was a bit of an experiment and obviously a waste of money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
These can be great little computers if they deliver what is described in the listing. Some sold as used and some as refurbished. I expect a used item to be in good working condition ready to go. And I expect a refurbished item to be AS NEW maybe with a few cosmetic blemishes, but ready to go and working like the day it came from the factory. It seems the sellers deceptively deliver these without power supplies, which is a proprietary and necessary item to use the computer, a dead bios battery, and without mention that you most likely will need a DVI to VGA adapter if it's not included. Many of the sellers are unscrupulous or are uneducated about what they are selling, so do your homework before you buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2013
This product initially seemed great. We received it in a timely manner and the product mostly worked to the standard that we needed for our business. Unfortunately, within one week the computer shut itself off. Now, being that we work with computers 24/7, we tried all of the standard procedures to get it to turn on (check the power source, the power cord, the tower itself). The computer did turn on for a bit but we were not able to do anything on it and finally it would not turn on at all. Naturally, we contacted the seller about the problem and they questioned what we had tried; suggesting that the power cord was probably the reason for it turning off; that it might be faulty. Now, first of all, Duh! and second of all, why the hell would they automatically assume that the power cord was faulty?! It sounded to me as though this is not an uncommon problem. The customer service was mediocre at best. Especially after we advised them that we Did Not want a replacement, that we wanted a refund. Once they received the computer back they informed us that "the computer was working just fine for them. That it's been running fine all day." Well, Thank You So Much "Gracetechnology2" for implying that we're Liars! We really appreciate that. Because, Of Course, we can totally afford to loose use of a computer for 2 weeks. Our business is run online. A computer is Essential. If it worked, we would not have gone through all of the TIME and MONEY to request a refund and send the damn thing back to you! Especially since, apparently, they do not refund ANY shipping costs. Including the $25 I spent to ship it back to them. Ridiculous! My Advice. Proceed with caution and at your own risk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
The usff 745 is a great little computer and this company stands tall behind there products and will go to great length's to resolve any issues you may have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
So far I have had no problems, computer is working great, and it is nice and fast. It's also small, so it is easy to find room for it.
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on March 1, 2013
when i bought this i thought that i was going to be Ok to use as an Htpc computer but, i was wrong too slow when i installed windows 7 and then when watching movies the audio cuts on and off some times, the video quality is poor... but it is my fault for not doing a little more research ..............anyway i guess i will use this machine to test my old hard drives or as a server in the future
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on April 20, 2011
I'm still in the XP mode and not ready for Windows 7 yet. I wanted an XP replacement for my dying XP computer. This had everything plus more. Well pleased and extremely satisfied, thanks!
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on February 4, 2015
Nice, fast little computer. Some minor scratches, but expected this. Upgraded the Windows XP to Window 7 and it runs like a top. The DVD-RW was an added nice bonus. Very clean inside.
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on April 4, 2013
Received my computer in a well packaged box. System was upgraded with useful software. Had a technical question and it was quickly addressed.and corrected. I just love it.
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