Giada D2305 review: ultra mini?

Ultrabook hardware and Nvidia GT640 GPU in a mini system



The storage is also very Ultrabook-like, provided by a 2.5-inch 5400 rpm Hitachi hard disk that is combined with a 32 GB SanDisk U100 SSD. With the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) the SSD can be used as smart cache. The SSD is installed as mSATA module, which can be replaced if you're willing to brake the warranty seal by opening the case. Upgrading is a fairly simple process, just remove the feet, screws in the rear and the screws of the DVI port.

Giada D2305

One of the components that could be considered a candidate for an upgrade is the WiFi adapter. The wireless card comes from Azurewave and is based on a Ralink RT5390. It's Bluetooth 4.0 compatible, but only provides 150 Mbit on the 2.4 GHz band. Especially if you'd like to use the Giada D2305, having 5 GHz as well as a 300 Mbit/s speed would be welcome. In this case the gigabit ethernet port is the best option for when you need lots of bandwidth.

Giada doesn't provide an operating system. The box includes the power supply and cable, a cd with drivers and an infrared remote.

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Giada D2305

Mini PC, Intel Core i5 3317U, 4 GB, Nvidia GeForce GT 640, 532 GB, -

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