"Waste of money? "Real" customer?"5.0 starson by NGENeer
Pros: USB & memory-card ports up the kazoo! A snap to set-up. On-board graphics is better than I expected. Motherboard has slots to install better graphics/sound cards, etc. Case opens easily.
Cons: Buttons to open the CD & DVD drives on the side, takes practice to find them. Bloatware installed but a couple were thngs I use anyway, deleted the rest. Must replace anemic power supply if you want to install high-end graphics & sound cards.
Summary: *I'm* a "real customer." I've purchased 10 computers over the last 17 years as technologies changed. Three of them are/were fine high-end computers made by another company (name starts with a "D"). I managed to corrupt my latest high-end computer near the end of a project and realized it could take a long time to get it straightened out. Then I saw this thingie on sale. Figured "what can go wrong?" and bought it.
Well, nothing "went wrong." It installed without a hitch. It's fast & works smoothly w/ many apps running and multiple browser tabs open, all at the same time.
After finishing my project I tried playing a few simulation games (railroad & flight sims, not intensive shoot-em-ups). The integrated graphics & sound were a lot better than I expected . High-res scenery details and movement were rendered smoothly.
BTW, I mentioned that the side cover is easy to remove. On other sites I've seen people complain because they had to remove 2 screws to get the cover off - couldn't believe it! Two screws and the side cover pops off giving full access to the cleanly laid-out insides!! (Doesn't everybody own a Phillips screwdriver these days?) It's a much better arrangement than the "clam-shell" covers I've seen on other computers.