Pros The clear window case was cool.
Cons Arrived 1 week later than scheduled and did not receive a keyboard, mouse, wireless card and antenna and MS office as ordered. Customer service was non existent - 1 hour on phone on hold (finally gave up), one email message after opening a ticket.
Summary Can't comment much on features or functionality since didn't have a keyboard or mouse and no one seems to be concerned. After over an hour on hold, called the one person I had an extension for and left a message. Then opened a customer service ticket, received a phone call and email within an hour but when returned call, had to leave another message. After waiting for 24 hours for a return call, I have requested an RMA to return the computer. It is back in the box waiting to be returned. Hopefully I'll get the RMA sooner than the computer. I selected this computer based on the strong CNET review of this computer and the reviews of other Velocity Micro computers. The computer might be as advertised but I am extremely disappointed in the final product and lack of customer service.
Pros Looks like a good value.
Cons The "Quick Specs" and "Specifications" sections say this computer has a Intel Core i3 i3-550 / 3.2 GHz instead of an overclocked i5. What gives?
Summary With Sandy Bridge parts coming out next month, I have to wonder if this is essentially a clearance unit and you might get a better deal in a month.
Pros it not free, but close enough. Great Video card, WIFI, BluRay, USB3, eSATA, overclocked cpu it has it all
Cons Its not free
Summary I bought one of these systems and got it 2 days ago, it is amazing. It's super fast and does everything I want it to do. I am not a techy guy at all but I love looking inside of it, it looks so cool. I decided to go for 8Gigs of RAM, even though the sales guy told me 4 was enough. I did try and price it out and I think I got an amazing deal, top it off with lifetime support, I got an amazing deal. Thank you CNET for solidifying my buy ;)
Pros Fast processor, RAM, and video card
Room for expansion
Side-window is a nice touch
Great value in comparison with "big box store" systems
Cons Unlike the mouse (which is really nice and branded with the Velocity Micro label) the keyboard seems rather cheap. The keyboard I received does not appear to be the one shown on the Velocity Micro website.
Summary Let me be clear, I've only had the system for 4 days and can't attest to the longevity of the machine; it could fall apart tomorrow. That said, my initial impressions of this system and Velocity Micro are very favorable. Aside from the keyboard, the machine exudes quality in terms of both performance and aesthetics. The case may seem a bit outdated in form but I welcome the lack of cheap shiny plastic and accompanying array of gaudy brand stickers that can be found on most mass produced systems. This is solid, serious case. The casual PC consumer should be aware, however, that this is a large tower (relative to a "standard" case) and is unsuited for the small cramped spaces meant to house your PC on many workstations. Performance wise this machine is a winner so far (every computer is fast the first couple of months right?). I haven't had a chance to really open up the graphics on a newer title but the Geforce GTX 460 that came with my system is a well regarded card and should handle any new game. Needless to say it runs older titles and productivity software effortlessly.
I would recommend this machine to anyone looking for performance (gaming or multitasking) on a budget. For average users (web, email, and video streaming) this machine is overkill, but for those of us who can't tolerate choppy games and are aggravated by slow load times, its the perfect system.
Note: I will attempt to update this review if any difficulties with the machine arise.
"NEVER AGAIN"on by thaiboy78
Pros Cool case
Nice keyboard and mouse
Cons Took a month to deliver
Power supply broke in a week
Summary Power supply broke within a week upon receiving it. Then was told I had to pay to get it fixed. Never will I buy a product from them again. Im in the process of returning it.