The Sapphire EDGE-HD Mini PC arrives in a small box with the product specifications and image highlighted on the front.
Inside, the bundle is comprehensive with an HDMI cable, HDMI to DVI converter cable, power adapter, case stickers and literature. Sapphire also supply a USB pen drive with drivers for various operating systems.
The EDGE-HD Mini PC can be used either vertically or horizontally depending on your preference. There is a supplied stand which screws into the underside of the chassis.
The costs are reduced as Sapphire don’t bundle a Windows Operating system for the £250 asking price. You do however get the FreeDOS operating system which is targeted at the education and small business segments. We will also assume that many enthusiast users will fancy one of these machines for a living room or bedroom, as a tiny HD capable media player.
Sapphire include all the drivers for Windows XP, Vista and 7 on the little USB key chain and we had no problems installing Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate from a Corsair Voyager USB flash drive.
Connectivity isn’t the most thorough we have seen in the KitGuru labs, however there is more than enough for the target market. There is an HDMI port (with DVI adapter supplied), two USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 lan and a microphone and headphone connector. 802.11n Wifi is also included via the AzureWave chip.
There are two lights on the side of the chassis – one for power on (blue), and the other for hard drive activity (red).