Sapphire Edge VS8 Review: The $500 Mini PC

By Julio Franco ยท 19 replies
Apr 23, 2013
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  1. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    In that configuration it is worth about $150 in components. Charging the extra $350 for the R&D and the assembly is probably pushing it. For the extra $350 one can beef it up to at least 8-16GB of RAM, a much faster CPU and a decent SSD.

    Bluetooth 3.0 instead of 4.0 - failure!
  2. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    Costs too much for what it is and it gets crushed by everything they compare it with.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Just the hard drive + ram are US$80, you are going to tell me that the notebook size mobo with built in bluetooth and wifi + the proc are under $70?

    The cheapest desktop A8 is around $100, you are going to tell me they also sell the mobos for real cheap with integrated bluetooth and wifi...

    You are also going to tell me that you need 16gb of ram in a 1,4ghz proc...

    Do the maths, $150? lol! Sure, you could make a better desktop pc buying the pieces for $500 but you are not going to get to that small factor size, nor to those energy savings.
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  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    Here's your HDD + RAM in a shop:

    Those are retail prices that include VAT and other add-ons. OEM companies get those for much less, and one thing about them building such systems, they always go for absolute the cheapest, just as long as it works.

    Read my post again, it was saying what you can bring it up to, to justify the price, which included a better CPU.

    - Really?
    That's again with VAT, price add-ons and no OEM discount. An APU that's much more powerful than the one offered in that box, by the way.

    So yes, I believe the components cost them roughly about $150, with $200 being the absolute maximum. That still makes a $300 surcharge a bit too much.

    Or do you think that a platform like Rasberry Pi that sells with mobo+memory+CPU for $25 is made out of thin air? :) It does generate a profit from that price.

    Edited: All things considered, the price should be around $350, pending the warranty and the OS supplied, but if none, then it shouldn't be more than $300.
  5. AMD NUC
  6. Windows 7? I'm buying 2 right now. :)
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    I hope you meant it ironically, because one thing that does go for Windows 8 is that it works much faster on low-spec computers like this one.
  8. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    Yep. I upgraded my wife's Zotac from win7 to win8 for that reason. It does work more efficiently, especially Netflix in Metro mode. Not that I am big on Metro, but the CPU usage went down from tremendously on that tiny PC. Note: running Netflix in IE10 does not yield the same efficiency.
  9. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    This is a good but otherwise unfair review. The systems you compared this unit to all run on SSD and are much more expensive. You should included the current prices to make the comparison more meaningful. Here are the prices on Amazon as of 4/23/2013:

    Sapphire Edge VS8: $500 (Unit reviewed)
    Aspire S7: $1078
    Lenovo Yoga 13: $997
    Aspire S5: $815

    Now, if you spend $100 and swap in a $128GB SSD, I would call it a much fairer review.
  10. Slick little package.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I can build a $500 PC easily that will kick this things butt.
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    Thats NOT THE POINT.

    Can you tape your 500 dollar PC to the bottom of your desk and not even realize its there? Does your 500 dollar PC have a 65W PSU?
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  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I am sorry Mr. Grumpy.

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  14. Carleton Wu

    Carleton Wu TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Definitely worth it. Look at that small size! Try rolling your own with a $500 budget including OS. You cannot make that kind of size. I do agree that this thing should have Win8 instead.
  15. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    This thing will not sell well. consider those Zotac Media center PCs cost $189 street price, they come with everyone one would need to operate plus a remote. this thing isn't cheap enough to compete with those tiny Zotac media center pcs, and yet, not powerful enough to compete with the rest of conventional PC. no one in their right mind would buy this for a media pc, nor a conventional pc. someone in their marketing department isn't doing their job.
  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah, those Zotac mini PCs are failing.
  17. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    in what way
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Never mind, I was thinking of something else.
  19. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 572   +181

    Not bad at all, I would agree that the system seems a bit over priced you can get a A8 Laptop (since this is all laptop parts) for around $400-500, but that has a screen and optical drive and would seems to cost a bit more form the extra parts included. Something tells me that Sapphire ended up paying a lot of money to have this mobo designed and fabricated. I wish they would have used non Low Voltage AMD APU's you can pick up a A10-4600m off Ebay for like $50-80, that would have added some kick to the performance. Windows 8 truly does do well on these low end systems, with the whole concept between the apps trying to be light and run fast it helps speed up these little buggers and make them seem a lot faster then they are, I can live without the SSD, this system seems like it would be a good media system so having the 500 GB available seems better then 128gb.

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