Value and Conclusion
- The Sapphire Edge-HD sells for around 249.90 to 259.90 EUR in various online shops in Europe.
- Super compact
- Can play 1080p video easily
- ION 2 with GT218 and 512MB memory good enough for casual gaming
- Intel Atom 510 processor
- Low noise levels
- 4x USB connectivity
- Drivers on USB stick
- HDMI cable included
- DVI adapter cable included
- Comes completely assembled - no extra parts needed
- Well packaged
- No USB 3.0
- No optical out
- Not possible place on VESA mounts
- No card reader
- No IR sensor and remote control for media center
The Sapphire Edge-HD shows us what the next generation of NVIDIA ION chipsets is capable of. Overall dimensions have become even smaller, noise level has been reduced, while overall performance and power efficiency increased. The Sapphire Edge-HD will only set you back as much as most other offerings, I did miss some functional features like a card reader, optical connectivity or IR sensor. The system would fit extremely well within a home theater setting and Sapphire is handicapping such a potent system by not offering those extras. But that does not mean that the Edge-HD is not a great Nettop - on the contrary. It packs quite the punch, looks good and you can just plug it in, install the OS and enjoy the unit without having to rip it apart to install memory or hard drive.
At the end of the day the Edge-HD manages to utilize the powers of the ION 2 chipset extremely well in a compact form factor, but does lack a few of the essential extras we have seen in other, similar systems. If Sapphire can add these modern and certainly useful extras to the Edge-HD the overall package may be simply irresistible. As it stands now, the Edge-HD is still a great "Mini-PC" and it certainly manages to impress!