Giada i53 Mini PC
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Extremely small, Gorgeous finish, Extensive features, Excellent performance, Varied connectivity, Windows 7 included, Well priced
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Glossy finish shows fingerprints and dust, No SSD upgrade option
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As technologies and uses become more prolific and part of our daily lives, consumers are looking for products that fill more than one role. Historically, computers have been for productivity uses or gaming, and as time trundled onward, PCs began to assume far more diverse roles. Perhaps the greatest change and increase of use is in the world of multimedia.
Multimedia uses and applications have blurred the lines between computer, TV, audio system, and so forth, we’ve seen more and more people turn to Home Theater PCs to specifically handle their multimedia needs. Interestingly, the all-purpose machine has, in this instance, become the specialized use system. Storing music, streaming video content – these are popular uses, and the system needed for this type of use is far cheaper than the average bulky desktop.
Building an HTPC system can be a bit daunting for some, and a convenient alternative is to go with something that comes in an all-in-one package at a good price. Today we may have just the thing: the Giada i53 mini PC. Giada may not be a well known name, but that may change once consumers get a closer look at this i53, which appears to be a little powerhouse.
Housing an entire system in what is arguably the smallest form we’ve ever seen, the Giada i53 appears to be a very capable little machine for consumers on a modest budget that don’t have need of the cost or horsepower of a full-sized desktop system. The i53 features an impressive Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, and Windows 7 pre-installed. Needless to say, there are some distinct advantages of going with a system setup like this.
But does smaller mean less, or do good things really come in small packages? Let’s find out.