Even though some would say that it is a third generation , after the first two tries with Intel Atom + nVidia ION2 platform, Sapphire has finally decided for a bit more serious attempt and implemented AMD’s Fusion system in their third try. Conditioned by a bit steeper price, the first two models Edge HD and Edge HD2, cannot be said that were top sellers. Thanks to the help from nVidias’ graphic ION 2, the not so strong Atoms were able to play HD material, but the price was too high.
The design is great. It’s small, light, rubbery housing with a stabile footing, was kept in this latest model as well. As a great disappointment it lacks the VESA mount that enables the miniPC to be mounted on the back of a TV.
Luckily the hardware was upgraded, so instead of the slow Atom and problematic ION2, now it has AMD E-450 (Zacante) that spends maximum 18W, plus some other 5W that are spent by the south bridge. It has DDR3 support and this model is packed with 4GB DDR3 that runs on 1333MHz. AMD with it brought Radeon HD 6320 GPU, that except for the good performances brings an upgraded video decoder, which will mean a lot when reproducing a high demanding video. It runs smoothly even on high demanding 1080p video, without any delay or flicker. It has two USB 2.0 ports in the back and front side got two USB 3.0 ports. The back side is also packed with I/O ports like VGA, HDMI, LAN and audio in and out.
Even though it’s basic purpose is to reproduce multimedia content, in a packet with wireless accessories it makes your big LCD TV, in to a computer that can access the net, so no wonder the wireless module comes with it, as well as the HDMI cable and a HDMI to DVI adapter.
The main competition the media players cannot compete with the capabilities of this little PC, especially when you pair it up with a keyboard and mouse. Even the price of about $300 is one of the perks of this little monster.