cliffgun1 wrote:Seriously, it's nothing but a Netbook in a big box.
You are 100% correct, and a pretty capable netbook too. I just bought an HP DM1-3010 and the specs are almost identical except that the DM1 has an E-350 processor. I have an HP slimline with AMD X2 4200+ processor, and it this is probably not far behind. Without a doubt it has better graphics. It's probably a better performer than the X2 3800 HTPC I put together in 2006, and that still does everything it has to.
For a lot of people, this is plenty of computer for the web, an HTPC, light gaming, photos, music, a DVR (with USB tuner), general text/graphics/photo management, etc.
The graphics will drive an DVI/HDMI and VGA at the same time, so you can power your HDTV and a monitor if you want it do dual duty.
I imagine the only reason they didn't package this in a Slimline size case is to keep the cost down. Considering what it is, the large case is about as much of a negative as anything. The one thing that is notably missing is wireless, but there's always at spare USB port for that.
you can't expect a super computer for $200, but for a lot of people, this is better machine than a lot of the off-lease Pentiums and old dual cores that are available today, at the same or greater prices.
Edit: Refurbished PCs do not qualify for the $15 upgrade to Windows 8.
My wife loves Win 8 on her x2 4200 Slimeline workstation.