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The barebone under review allows to assemble a moderately fast (for these days, not among its classmates) computer of decent design and satisfactory noise characteristics. If you don't require too much from the functionality of this system, U-Buddie will not disappoint you. Perhaps the worst disadvantage of this reasonably priced minicomputer is the price for its component parts. Prices for slim optical drives and 2.5-inch hard disks are unfortunately not so low. However, a CD-ROM drive (instead of a combo-drive) and a hard disk with a moderate capacity are quite affordable, and it's quite enough for an office computer.
We wouldn't recommend this system to an average home user, if he/she has no idea of his/her needs for two or three years in advance (replacing this computer earlier is simply a waste of money). In practice, almost all users will require expansion capacities sooner or later, and though 5 PCI slots are not necessary for the majority of users, they will still want a couple of new features. Not all devices can be connected externally to a USB port. Besides, there are not too many available USB ports. On the other hand, one expansion slot for an office computer is quite enough, its functions being known for sure for the entire period of its service. The conclusion about the future of U-Buddie on the market seems to suggest itself.
In conclusion we'll publish a short list of the most typical pros and cons of the barebone under review.
This model on the official site of the manufacturer.
Sergei Pikalov (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Dmitry Majorov (email@example.com)
September 13, 2004