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Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC

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Posted February 15, 2011 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards
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Introduction

As multimedia 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.

As 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 desktop.

Building an HTPC system can be an expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t need to be. A small form motherboard with a low power processor, onboard video, a stick of memory, a power brick, and a hard drive is really all you need; that is, if you can find something that comes in an all-in-one package at a good price. Today we may have just the thing: the Sapphire Edge-HD mini PC.

Housing an entire system in what is the smallest package we’ve ever seen, Edge-HD appears to be a very capable little machine for consumers on a tight budget that don’t have need of the cost or horsepower of a full-sized desktop system. But does smaller mean less, or do good things really come in small packages? Let’s find out.

Sapphire

"Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products."

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