With all of the high powered, extreme frame crunching, Super Ultra Multi-tasking hardware that comes through here, we sometimes forget that’s only a relatively small part of the market. More often, you just need to browse the web, edit a document, print a recipe, or play your favorite video or TV episode without the jet engine roar of cooling fans, light dimming power consumption, and bank account crippling cost associated with the above. ECS has managed to stuff the power to play 4K videos on a full-featured PC into something smaller than the mouse we are using to control it but without the typical limitations of most tiny media devices.
Quiet computing is all the rage these days. Everyone's getting tired of the noise that comes with the natural evolution of more powerful computing. Antec however has a solution for you in the form of quiet computing components. Included are case fans, CPU coolers, power supplies, cases and other products to help you cut down on the noise output from your PC. They were kind enough to send us over a bundle of goodies to check out, so let's get to it!
One device we did not mention is the computer. A PC is the most cost effective way of connecting to the TV and not only being able to display your pictures, stream your videos and listen to your music but after you have done all that you can browse the internet maybe even play a game or two. And with a PC being as small or mini as they are they flow with all of the other components that make up your media theatre system without being the center of the setup.
Sapphire's Edge HD2 Mini PC is packed with all the features for daily computing like a 1.8GHz dual core Atom processor (with Hyper Threading), 2GB DDR3 memory, Wi-Fi and support for 1080 video viewing through HDMI. The Edge HD2 looks to be not only the smallest PC but the ideal candidate for a companion to your big screen television.
Our good friends at Asrock as grace us with one of their new Nettop Ion 330. This model is one of two that ASrock produces. The Ion 330 is based on the Nvidia Ion chipset obviously. And the other S330 is based on the Intel 945C chipset. They are both centered center the Intel Atom 330 dual core processor. The feature set of both are pretty similar as they both supply HD 1080P playback through HDMI, slim-line DVD device and a 2.5" hard drive. But the most important features once again are the small size, money saving and light multitasking. So, read on to see if the Nettop Ion 330 is a considerable unit to be place in your entertainment center.