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1.0 out of 5 stars Defective hard disk, 10 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Asus EB1035-B002M Eee Box Desktop PC (Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz Processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, 4-in-1 Card Reader, HDMI, Windows 8, Sleek and Clean Design) (Personal Computers)
I have been a PC professional since 1984, sold and installed dozens and dozens of computers in the past and built almost every computer I have had. I did not want to build a HTPC, though - the Asus had everything I needed and it was affordable.

The unit looked very good indeed: Small, almost totally silent after boot, W8 pre-installed. Very promising. Until...

The Windows update process was incredibly slow and the computer got unresponsive very often. Finally it had to be powered-off after about five hours - it had frozen. Another go, this time only 20 updates per lot. One of the lots had to be reinstalled after a weird reboot. After some four hours the updates had been installed. Then the W8 "blue screen" after pressing ok on a weird popup "Please finish installing device driver". The "blues creen" message was like the one we have seen since Windows NT4, normally due to faulty hardware. And the same another time. Installed Chrome and the computer rebooted again without any reason.

Had a look at Control panel -> Administrative tools -> Event viewer. There were dozens of "disk reading entries" (warnings) and a few "bad sectors on disk 0". Verdict: The disk was faulty and that was why it was so slow.

I cannot really comment on the usability due to these problems. Returning the item now, hopefully getting refund and - alas - end up building yet another garage computer from quality parts.
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