"Cnet reviewer's invalid comparison Xbox360 vs this PC."2.5 starson by tnjman
Pros: Great as a supplemental PC/workstation and/or entry-level multimedia device.
Cons: Too limited/slow as far as CPU and processing power for any true high-end uses.
It is NOT great as one of the reviewers said - as a Media Server - not by a long shot!
Summary: Re the comparison: Xbox360 it NOT a PC - it cannot run Word processing; and, for that matter, this PC also CAN INDEED play games. Xbox360 is limited to 'console games,' whereas this device could play both PC games [and] 'console-emulated' games (potentially). Nobody would buy this as an 'xbox360 replacement,' it is just a low-end general-purpose multimedia PC.
Also, another reviewer said he upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, but he failed to say whether or not it was 64-bit - I doubt it is - I don't think this supports 64-bit. ALL things are moving to 64-bit, so please remember to be specific when talking about versions of an O/S that you use. ALL of my home systems and most systems at work are 64-bit. 32-bit is FAR too limited for today's media demands (or general computing demands, for that matter), especially for 'power users.'
As a Media 'interface' - yes, for viewing and streaming low-end - NOT at a true 'server level' - Media Server gives the connotation that you are serving up media to potentially multiple sources. But it is okay as a low-end media streaming device for ONE person, if "directly connected" via HDMI to an HDTV.
For a true Media 'Server,' you want to have 64-bit, with some serious horsepower and memory.