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.
Conclusion: Windows Developer Preview, what aims to become Windows 8 beta, is a step in the right direction. This might become first operating system that can unite desktop, notebook and tablets, something that both Android and Apple operating systems are missing, at least for the time being. Windows 8 developer preview looks quite similar to Windows 7 in current desktop mode, but the touch mode is quite intuitive and it won’t take you long to get use to it.
Conclusion: Sapphire have always been regarded as one of the key partners for AMD based products, especially in the UK, as some regard them as the biggest AMD partner when it comes to graphics card products. Over the years they have decided to move into other segments in the computer market and today sees us delving into that area as we aren’t looking at a graphics card from Sapphire, or even their new ventured market of motherboards which happen to be made for the Intel and AMD...
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.
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.
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
Summary: Many will love the Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC for its size, many will love it for its power saving, we love it for its load of features. Built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Ultimate are just the tip of the iceberg with this tiny box. One may think it would only be a good system for someone not looking for much in a PC.
Conclusion: In terms of performance we see a number of enhancements in the new model which include higher specification memory, CPU and hard drive which combine to improve speeds over the original design. Whether it is basic gaming, media playback or conversions the enhancements provided by Sapphire have delivered results and these add to an already solid system which contains aspects such as GB-LAN and Wireless-N.