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Giada MiniPC A50 Review

The Giada MiniPC A50 ($449 street) is the first AMD Fusion-equipped nettop that we’ve reviewed here at PCMag Labs. It’s definitely geared toward video enthusiasts and others that want to display their digital life on their HDTV. It hooks up via an HDMI port, and has a power-saving integrated CPU/GPU that can display 1080p HD video streams smoothly. It even has a speedy hard drive in case you’re the type who creates videos as well. The MiniPC A50 is a little light in the accessory department, but if you want a base nettop with plenty of forward-looking technology, keep the A50 on your shopping list.

Design and Features
The A50 is a diminutive nettop, similar to last year’s Polywell Giada ION-100 ($449 street). The system is a tiny 6 by 1 by 7.5 inches (HWD), which means that it’s (much) smaller than your average hardcover novel. It’s a smidge bigger when you clip on the included stand, but even with the clear stand attached the A50 can almost disappear on a desktop. Though a VESA mount isn’t included, the system is so small that you could almost attach the A50 to the back of a 42-inch or larger HDTV with a few inches of double-stick tape. There’s a little fan noise up close, but the A50 is virtually silent from more than 2 to 3 feet away.

 

Pros

Compact chassis. DirectX 11-compatible integrated GPU. Can play 1080p HD. USB 3.0.

Cons´

Slow photo editing numbers. No keyboard/mouse. No optical drive.

Conclusion

The Giada MiniPC A50 is a compact, energy saving nettop that’s well suited to video consumption aficionados. It’s one of the better ways to get online streaming videos on your HDTV.

 

Read the complete review at pcmag.com.

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