Foxconn AMD E450 APU 1.65GHz/DDR3/USB3.0/A/V/GBE/PC Barebone System, Black (NT-A3700-0H0WBANA)
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- CPU: AMD Dual-Core E450 APU Processor (1.65GHz)
- Chipset: AMD A45 FCH
- Memory: 1x DDR3-1333 SODIMM Slot, Max capacity up to 4 GB
- Hard Drive: 1x 2.5-Inch SATA2 HDD
- Ports: 4x USB 2.0 Port; 2x USB 3.0 Ports; 1x DVI Port; 1x HDMI Port; 1x RJ45 LAN Port; 1x Microphone-in; 1x Headphone-out
Top Customer Reviews
I installed Kubuntu Precise second, which gives a simple means to edit the xbmc install if needed. You CAN run xbmc on ubuntu, but it works better booted to OpenElec. KDE works fine, but LXDE makes it snappy for routine desktop use. My wife uses it for word processing, email, etc. I sleep with my head 4 ft from it. Though not silent, it doesn't catch attention. No hotter than a laptop. I'll probably get another one for the living room to replace the wonky wdtv device.
With Google Chrome on Ubuntu, you get H.264 hardware (GPU) accelerated video, and can watch Hulu and other streaming TV sites with ease. All from AMD's tiny, cheap Brazos processor. The E-450 is an amazing little wonder, and it makes this device an amazing little kit.
You really should check this out before buying some embedded box that limits your freedom, and stifles innovation in the process.
This was the easiest system I have ever setup. everything worked out of the box as expected. Minimal need for drivers on windows 7.
This system works great for a portable desktop when a laptop just wont do-it and I have it setup as a media server with the USB 3.0(wish they where on the back instead of the front). HDMI is prefect.
I bought an OCZ green SSD and 4gb of ram and all worked good the system is nice and quick. I took me like an hour and a half to become fully usable(install hardware, windows 7, and all of the support software).
It also runs decently cool in comparison to my big desktop. Gigabite MB, 16GB ram, 2 ATI 6850 HD, 1000 watt PS.
Wish it had the USB 3.0 on back
Wish there was more room for ram (only one stick)
Wish the HDMI would detect as primary if it is the only display plugged in.
Mounting bracket needs a snap so when you plug wires in the box will stay put
So...the review is for that refurbished unit, other than that, if it had not been for the melting case, I would have given it a much higher rating.
Despite what it says in the product details, this WILL take a single stick of 8GB DDR3.
Use this as a media unit for a TV and it works great. Built in wireless w/o the antenna showing was a nice touch.
One thing that will help greatly with HD video playback is a Broadcom Crystal HD Mini PCIe card.
They're about 20 bucks on here and I went from laggy full HD MKV files to pretty near flawless.
Aside from speed which is a obvious con (hopefully you're not expecting it to be the fastest thing ever) my only cons really would be the power and sleep buttons. You need not fully press them or even press them directly for them to press. It's really only annoying when you're setting it up. After that It just sits neatly in the component cabinet. It also pairs nicely with any ole cheapo media center remote/infrared receiver combo. Plenty of USBs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We're running these things at work - we picked them up to drive the TV's and Projo's in our NOC but quickly started deploying them as workstation replacements. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by User_Zero
For light desktop work, it's great. I'm running Ubuntu 12.10. Needs newest Catalyst drivers for decent graphics performance. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by dcoon
The item arrived with the plastic cover broken, like someone tried to rip it open. I kept it because it was a present to install it as an HTPC for someone and I didn't want to miss... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Yoni
Dead on Arrival, no Bios Beep Sound, video or HDD Activity. I did an emergency trip out of house, the time of return I expire
No recommend buy this item. Read more