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Pro User replaceable components
The CPU, RAM and hard drives can all be replaced by the user meaning the machine can be upgraded easily. Sadly the GPU cannot be replaced though, so keep that in mind.
Pro Good form factor for living room
The box is quite small, a lot smaller than an XBone or PS4. It is square shaped and looks like many other set top boxes meant for a living room. So will fit in quite nicely with any other peripherals being used for a TV.
Con Controller does not turn on the system
Unlike regular game consoles the Steam Controller is unable to turn the machine on. This means the user will have to get up and press the power button on the actual box, which may be frustrating.
Con Steam OS
This box comes with Steam OS as the operating system, which is based off of Linux. This means that there is less support for games and has a much smaller library when compared to Windows.
Con Steam controller dongle is weak
There is a hidden port where the Steam Controller dongle is placed in the machine, this obstructed eye of sight gives issue with the connection to the wireless controller when used past 10 feet. Luckily the dongle can be moved to a front USB port on the machine, which does help.
Con GPU can not be replaced
Sadly there is no way to swap GPUs (like a regular tower PC) and so will detract from the longevity of this device.
Con Under-powered GPU
The GPU used is the equivalent of an 860m, which is a mobile GPU fr laptops and when compared to GPUs for a desktop is pretty under-powered. So many graphic intensive games may have trouble holding 60fps at 1080p