Mine showed up over lunch today via FedEx. I am in the Kansas City area.
I'm actually pretty pleased with this woot... I have several years of skilled server/pc hardware experience, and this is decent bang for the buck. I was going to add it into my network as a file server, but with a PCI-E video card laying around, a PCI-E slot at my disposal, 2GB PC4200 DDR, and a nice PCI Sata RAID controller (I'll run the OS on RAID0 w/ 2 fast SATA drives), I've overcome every short-coming pointed out here; and perhaps call it my new workstation.
Of course, not everyone has relatively decent hardware just lying around...
On the other hand, how many non-techy (or hardware intensive) friends/colleaugues/relatives do you know that this would make a great replacement workstation for?
A great xmas or other gift, IMO.
And a final thought on Compaq: yes, we all can agree that most companies shuffle around all the same component makers' parts, so the chassis and software become more important. And although we all have our likes and dislikes as far as brand names go, you have to admit it's mostly due to your own personal and LIMITED experience with each brand names products. I worked at a Bank where damn near every HDD needed replaced on our Compaq EVO SFF's we were using. But Compaq didn't make those HDDs (those were Fujitsu's, btw), and I don't hold them anymore accountable than Sony for exploding VAIO batteries. They just chose those bad HDDMs for that model (turned out to be a clean-room prob in mfgring), and they're easily replaced. I also have a Compaq Evo N610c that is well beyond it's years, but it's thin, 3.4lbs, and a great browser/small app machine to have around. Brilliant design; 0 parts failures. I guess my point is, I think Compaq/HP is pretty great, and during the last years before the merger, I would have picked several Compaq machines over their HP conterparts.
And if you're going to gripe about machines, don't go Dell vs. HP, Gateway vs. Compaq, etc... Makes more sense to go NVIDIA vs. ATI, Crucial vs. Kingston, AMD vs. Intel, etc. Word.