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The Asus motherboard is just like a small car - gets small jobs done at a little expense.

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Pros

low energy consumption at ~30w max.

9 agree

passive heatsink

7 agree

silent operation

6 agree

PCI expansion slot

5 agree

dual core processor

5 agree

small form-factor design (mini-ITX)

5 agree

gigabit Ethernet

4 agree
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Cons

COM and LPT are seldom used (for payment terminals typically), can be mid-board connectors and 2 back-plates with LPT+COM or 2xUSB+HDMI

5 agree

CPU integrated on motherboard - no upgrade path

5 agree

No HDMI interface

5 agree

No eSATA

4 agree

only 2 SATA connections - only enough for 2 hard disks, or 1 disk and 1 optical drive

4 agree

No optical audio output

4 agree

requires 12v 4-pin power

3 agree

more expensive than the standard Intel D510 board

2 agree
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 The Asus motherboard is just like a small car - gets small jobs done at a little expense. If you are looking for a mini-ITX board for an HTPC computer, AT5IONT-I would be a better candidate. AT5NM10-I would find a better fit for industrial use. Parallel and serial ports make sense in this case, as they are common interfaces to integrate with cash registers and industrial components. Low power consumption, fan-less design and integrated network interface makes it a very good candidate for such applications. Another application for the board can be a home server, though only two SATA ports can limit server extensibility. 

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