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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 12:00

Sapphire introduces Edge-HD2 mini PC

Written by Fudzilla staff


530 grams of goodness
Sapphire has refreshed its Edge-HD mini PC with a somewhat faster variant, dubbed Edge-HD2.

The new model retains the sleek appearance of its predecessor, but it packs a bit more oomph under the bonnet. It is based on Intel’s Atom D525 dual-core, clocked at 1.8GHz and it packs Nvidia ION2 graphics with 512MB of memory.

The Edge-HD2 ships with 2GB of memory, 320GB hard drive, WiFi, card reader and Sapphire have managed to squeeze a couple of USB ports, LAN, VGA and HDMI in the back.

sapphire_hd2_2

It’s worth noting that the Edge is one of the smallest nettops on the market and you would be hard pressed to find anything so compact. It weighs a meager 530 grams and measures just 19.3x14.8x2.2cm across. It also ships with a VESA mount, so you can stick it at the back of your monitor.

The price tag isn't as tiny. Early listings place it at slightly above €350 in Euroland with preinstalled Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. The previous model is about €100 cheaper, but it is based on a slower Atom CPU, has a slightly smaller hard drive and ships with no OS. In case you’re on a tight budget or if you prefer Linux it is still a pretty good alternative, or you can just wait for an HD2 SKU with no preinstalled OS.

Last modified on Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:46

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+23 #1 Medallish 2011-06-29 12:20
Looks interesting, but imo Atom is a dead architecture, if it wasn't because it was so slow I would let this pass, but the Atom is just too slow.. It's a bit wierd, that Sapphire, known for ATI/AMD boards, and less known for Intel Motherboards, decided to make a nettop using Intel and nVidia.

But it definitely looks good.
 
 
+36 #2 Chevron 2011-06-29 12:29
They should have used a Zacate E-350
 
 
+24 #3 muziqaz 2011-06-29 13:33
I'm with you guys, I don't understand why even bother with Atom anymore, when E series from AMD spanks it all over the place :/ Of all manufacturers Sapphire should know better.
 
 
+11 #4 MrScary 2011-06-29 14:52
At least we have zotac zbox ad03:

http://pden.zotac.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=309&category_id=127
 
 
-2 #5 kamber87 2011-06-30 12:52
Seems as if Sapphire is trying to piss off AMD...
 
 
-2 #6 rickster 2011-07-01 00:07
So many ignorant comments here.

It's not that Sapphire likes ION per se...they most likely got a large quantity for a discounted price.

They're still a company out to make money in anyway possible.
 

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