Summary: The Sapphire Edge-HD shows us what the next generation of NVIDIA ION chipsets is capable of. Overall dimensions have become even smaller, noise level has been reduced, while overall performance and power efficiency increased. The Sapphire Edge-HD will only set you back as much as most other offerings, I did miss some functional features like a card reader, optical connectivity or IR sensor.
Pros: Super compact, Can play 1080p video easily, ION 2 with GT218 and 512MB memory good enough for casual gaming, Intel Atom 510 processor, Low noise levels, 4x USB connectivity, Drivers on USB stick, HDMI cable included, DVI adapter cable included, Comes completely assembled - no extra parts needed, Well packaged
Cons: No USB 3.0, No optical out, Not possible place on VESA mounts, No card reader, No IR sensor and remote control for media center
Summary: When the dust settles and we have a final look at Sapphires Edge-HD mini PC I would have to say I am fairly impressed with the overall quality of this little box. It handles most video with the exception being Silverlight like a champ which makes it a suitable candidate as a media center if your okay with losing HD playback of Netflix.
Conclusion: In its barest form, Sapphire's EDGE-HD PC is an Intel Atom (CPU) and NVIDIA ION 2 (GPU)-powered nettop that's presented in a nice-looking chassis. Wonderfully small in size - barely larger than a Blu-ray case - and lovely and quiet at all times, the EDGE-HD makes a case as a general-purpose system that's adequate for everyday tasks such as Internet browsing and emailing, though moderate multitasking can cause it to stall.
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Excerpt: Sapphire touts the Edge-HD as 'The smallest PC in the world'. It's certainly tiny - about the same size as a slim paperback or a box of after-dinner mints. We liked the rubberised finish and clean lines - a flap on the front hides two USB ports so as not to spoil the look. The rear of the PC has another couple of USB ports, HDMI and VGA graphics outputs, gigabit Ethernet and headphone and microphone ports.