Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by delivery Great way of creating a flexible mini-pc on an TV or monitor with HDMI
We are a SAAS provider and use these devices to display our real-time monitoring. These devises are fast and flexible and a step up from a Raspberry PI2
28 September 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by archibold Not what I was expecting
I bought both this 2GB RAM / 32GB eMMC with Windows and the 1GB RAM / 8GB eMMC one with Ubuntu.
Windows 10 Updated messed up few things because these products have very poor drivers support. Specially when you order something that ships with a Linux distro, you would expect that drivers are available and Open Source, usually meaning faster fixes when Operating Systems change or update.
Bear in mind these two have same BIOS and components beside RAM and eMMC.
Both sticks arrived 5 months after I've pre-ordered them, with a very outdated BIOS and the Windows one had problems with the firmware and it kept freezing from time to time until the very last firmware update.
However, since Windows 10 update messed up and Ubuntu was too slow, I've installed my own version of ArchLinux and GNOME in both products and at least these are faster and fully usable (archibold.io) .
I have even WebGL going 40FPS on FullHD screen and Acquarium demo using Chromium, I'm partially satisfied by the CPU/GPU performance but the WiFi driver, and the Bluetooth one are a mess to install, and there's no way to have the audio if not by using a special version of the Ubuntu distro.
I was hoping to use these little computers as desktop replacement for Web surfing and programming, but since these also both freeze from time to time because I think these overheat themselves, I have now no idea what to do with these.
Maybe I'll use them for some Kiosk based application hoping it wont freeze every 30 minutes.
As summary: these are good prototypes far away from a real-world usable product. Intel usually is one of the most active Linux contributor with Open Source drivers and support, I have no idea what the hack happened with this little platform: disappointment with most updated kernel, a very poor chip choice for the WiFi and a problematic audio on HDMI configuration.
I personally had a better experience on a Minnowboard Max, despite its CPU is not as powerful, at least is a very stable product.
11 August 2015