Top positive review
Great personal server
September 20, 2015
My use case might be a little different here:I setup this small pc as my personal git/web server.
This pc stick is fanless, 4 core, 2g mem, 32g ssd/mmc (all built in), very low power consumption (5w I guess?), cheap (comparing to intel nuc or some other chrome boxes) which seems quite nice for a 24 x 7 small server, so i decided to give it a try.
as others stated actually it looked like just a slightly bigger chromecast, very easy to setup: I just plug it into hdmi port and use my Anker 5 port adapter as power source, booted into windows 8 within a minute, and upgrade to windows 10 was painless.
after upgraded to windows 10, there are around 15G spaces left in the system drive. good part is you can use tf card slot to expand storage, that's where I installed an Virtual box for Ubuntu.
the virtual box vm (gitlab-ce, eats around 1g memory) runs pretty well, response time is just around 2-3 seconds.
I've also install a fat j2ee app on the windows stack, unfortunately that eats all memory but overall response time was still ok.
which is to say, I can run 2 web servers on this stick already! the overall response time is still quite ok, comparing to my previous J1800 foxconn 'booklet pc' this new pc stick is much faster.
I have to say # of cores is much more important comparing to frequency of single core. Z3735F is way much better than J1800.
While running those two server I can still browse youtube or other web pages without problem, rendering full HD video does not lag at all.
Overall i am very satisfied with this pc stick. I can now run my server 24 x 7 without worrying about power usage or fan noise at all.
- powerful enough to run servers or render HD movie
- fast drive: someone say the internal storage is eMmc but as I can see it's much faster than most SD cards already
- low power consumption, you can run it on any 5v/2a usb charger or even on portable batteries
- great wifi and bluetooth reception
- cheap and all in one: you don't need to buy another hard drive/memory to get it working, for $130 you have everything.
- universal hdmi port carries hd video and also sound perfectly
- seems bios boot option does not support usb or sd card, i didn't find a way to install linux on this guy, but vm on windows 10 was also ok
- just 1 usb port; it's quite awkward that normally we need one port for keyboard/mouse and after that you cannot insert any more usb stick, luckily my dell monitor can be used as powered 4 port usb hub, or I guess bluetooth keyboard/mice should also help.