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
Conclusion: Extremes are controversial; it seems to be a fact of life. Whenever anything steps too far outside the bounds of accepted standards or common practice it generally faces much greater scrutiny than those that choose to play within the boundaries. The Sapphire Edge-HD definitely represents the extreme end of the spectrum when it comes to desktop miniaturization. The Sapphire Edge-HD represents what is quite possibly the smallest PC form factor on the market today.
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.
Excerpt: Sapphire has really expanded outside the norm lately with the introduction of their motherboard line-up. The thing is, Sapphire motherboards aren't something new; Sapphire motherboards we would want to own are, though. The only time we ever ran into trouble was when we tried to jump ahead and that was more so due to the wireless connection. To eliminate it we copied it to the hard drive via the wired connection and again was greeted with the same fantastic performance.
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.
Conclusion: In terms of performance there were always going to be compromises in such a small form factor. For example there are compact systems available with USB 3.0 ports, optical out for audio and connectors such as eSATA which may suit some consumers better. That said, all of the essentials make an appearance on this model and include GB-LAN, Wireless-N card and a decent capacity hard drive.
Excerpt: Over the years, we have reviewed heaps of Desktop PCs and even though most of them are quite interesting and quite impressive in certain features, it rarely comes in as a true surprise. This is mainly because of some leaked information about that highlight specification of the device, otherwise it is just because it will [...