Conclusion: Sapphire's latest update to its EDGE mini PC line now takes in AMD's Fusion technology. The EDGE-HD3, which is little larger than a Blu-ray case, packs in an E-450 'Brazos' chip instead of the Intel Atom and NVIDIA ION combination present in previous models. Outwardly changed with the upgrade to USB 3.0 for the two front-mounted ports, the major modifications are, obviously, on the inside.
Excerpt: Even though Black Friday is around the corner, buying a full tower PC can be expensive for any individual. Buying premade ones at Best Buy or Frys can still start around $200 dollars and building a PC from scratch is becoming a scarce skill these days. When your budget is low you can’t expect too much out of your PC usually since this price range would only permit using simple applications.
Excerpt: As technology grows and CPUs become smaller the applications for a Mini-PC grow. From media streaming around a network to a simple PC solution, Mini PCs are popping up everywhere. A couple large problems with current Mini PCs are trying to balance size with effective cooling and packing enough punch with hardware to be versatile for many applications. Today I will be looking at the Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC and how Sapphire has approached this market.
Excerpt: Introduction The Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC is an itsy-bitsy teeny weeny Atom based machiney, reviewed by us for the first time today. The Edge HD2's claim to fame is it is one of the smallest PCs available today, about the size of a retail DVD case. Inside is a dual-core hyperthreaded Atom paired with NVIDIA's ION 2, providing one of the most amped nettop platforms you'll find.
Summary: Final Thoughts
I think that Sapphire really hit the nail on the head with the Edge HD2, and it is somewhat of a surprise because Sapphire is mainly known for video cards, not all-in-one PC’s. Let’s first talk about the size of the Edge HD2. It is the smalled mini PC that I have seen! The 19.3 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm (L / W / H) dimensions make it smaller than the
Western Digital Live TV Hub
; and the Live TV Hub is just a HD Media player.
Pros: – Smallest mini PC we have seen!, – HDMI out, – VESA mount included, – Windows 7 included, – Impressive Nvidia ION 2 performance
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Excerpt: There's not much to choose between all the tiny and power-efficient nettops on the market, but Sapphire's Edge-HD2 is smaller and much better-looking than most. We weren't blown away by its predecessor, the Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC largely because of its fairly high price and lack of an installed operating system. The HD2, however, has a quicker processor and comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.