Well, my Shogun from viciouspc showed up last night. I don't plan to do a long review as these get really redundant. I will offer a few points that I have not seen elsewhere and my opinion.
Well, coming from my 5020, this mug is big. I was a bit shocked. It still feels massive, but I will get used to it. At first glance, it seems cheap and generic looking compared to my 5020. It doesn't turn me off, but is noticeable. For those of you who are used to non-big-name, I doubt you will notice.
One thing that I was pleased to see is that the plug for the TV Tuner is on the back of the unit and seems to have a wire (antenna?) that extends to the vacant mini-pci slot. It was not what I expected. It is a proprietary, s-video type connector similar to the one on my ATI All-in-wonder card. It is documented in the users manual, so I won't go on.
I added (2) 1GB So-DIMMs that I purchased from Newegg. I must not have gotten one seated the first time as it would not boot and I had to try again. They function perfectly and we the least expensive at the time. The compartment is a bit tight with a lot of wires running around the area of the memory, so be careful.
Although not addressed in the Users Manual, the one screw that holds the optical drive in is well marked. There is a bracket that attaches to the rear of the drive with two screws that then is held in place in the case with one screw. I was disappointed to see that the faceplates of the drive that shipped with my Shogun and the NEC 6500A that I purchase seperately were not interchangeable. The tabs that hold the faceplate in place are in different locations. If you use the standard 6500 faceplate, you will have to cut a notch and then it will be somewhat recessed as the case is beveled. Not a big deal, but disappointing.
I installed the InstantOn software. I did not like 'A Bug's Life' and said it was the wrong region. Doh! It creates a partition and writes something to the MBR, so my Linux/Grub install whacked it. I will play with it more later.
I loaded MEPIS Linux on it. I have not been able to get the Intel Pro 2200GB mini-pci wireless adapter going yet. Damn. Everything else works well. I edited my XFConfig-4 and have 1680x1050, 32bit working fine. The scroll area of the touchpad was recognized as well.
BTW, my config is:
60GB 7200rpm Hitachi HD
w/ wireless and XP Home
I got mine for around $1700
Rather than keep posting, I will come back and edit this thread over the next few days,.