PC HARDWARE MAKER Sapphire has announced its Edge HD2 mini PC with an optional pre-loaded operating system and improved specifications.
Sapphire, which is better known for making graphics cards, announced what it claimed to be the world's smallest PC in the Edge HD earlier this year. The follow up, creatively named the Edge HD2, isn't smaller but it is more powerful.
Sapphire said, "The SAPPHIRE EDGE-HD2 shares the same slim, stylish outline as the earlier model but delivers slightly higher performance and is now also available with a pre-loaded operating system."
It is true that the newer system is higher in performance in terms of specifications, but not by much. The Edge HD2 will have a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom inside, which is slightly faster than the original Edge HD's 1.66GHz Atom.
The amount of RAM is the same at 2GB but there is more hard drive space at 320GB, 70GB more than in the Edge HD. The Nvidia Ion2 graphics card has 512MB of RAM and can output to a full HD 1920x1080 resolution display via either HDMI or VGA ports.
Sapphire will kindly include both an HDMI cable and an HDMI to DVI convertor. It claims, "Consuming less than 30W even under load, the members of the SAPPHIRE Mini PC family use around 10 times less power than a typical desktop PC."
Sapphire has managed to fit in four USB 2.0 ports, built-in WiFi and an Ethernet port. The mini PC will come bundled with a VESA mount so it can be fitted behind a monitor or TV.
The chassis has the same dimensions as the Edge HD at 22mm thick and weighs just 530g. Windows is an optional extra otherwise the system will come with Free DOS.
We've contacted Sapphire for price and availability but have had no reply at time of writing. To give some perspective, Sapphire's Edge HD retails for around £250 so we expect the HD2 might cost a bit more. µ
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