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Sapphire Edge VS8 Review: The $500 Mini PC

While full-sized desktop computers are still around, tablets and smartphones have proven that technology has come far enough to essentially cram a fully capable computer into a space that is suitable for your pants pocket, a purse, or a small backpack. This idea of shrinking hardware hasn’t been overlooked by manufacturers as several now feature space-saving designs based on mobile hardware.

Such is the case with Sapphire’s new Edge VS8 mini-PC powered by AMD’s A8 APU. The system is hardly any larger than an external optical drive, while still packing 4GB of DDR3 memory, Radeon HD 7600G graphics, a 500GB SATA HDD, built-in support for Bluetooth 3.0 as well as 802.11 b/g/n wireless and a bevy of rear I/O connections.

VIA updates APC mini ARM PC line with $79 Rock, $99 Paper

Following the Raspberry Pi's cult-like reception, many companies scrambled to enter the DIY palm-sized PC market, including VIA, which started shipping its 6.7 x 3.3-inch APC for $49 last summer. That device ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread and offered an 800MHz…

Thermaltake intros SD101 Mini-ITX HTPC chassis

Thermaltake has unveiled a new compact enclosure with features specifically geared toward HTPC-like applications. The SD101 may not be able to handle the same breadth of enthusiast hardware as cases like Cooler Master's recently released HAF XB, but at only…

Zotac updates Zbox HTPC with Brazos 2.0 E2-1800 APU

Just in time to attract a few holiday shoppers, Zotac has announced a performance refresh for its Zbox Mini PC series. Armed with AMD's E2-1800 APU, the new Zbox AD06 supposedly offers about 10% more speed than its predecessor, the…

New Raspberry Pi boards to be made in the UK instead of China

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has starting building the new revision of its credit card-sized computer in Wales, shifting production away from the Chinese factories thanks to a new deal with Sony UK. As part of the deal, Sony will assemble as many as 300,000 of the new...