Giada N20 Review

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Posted 9 Nov, 2010 2:11 pm

Review Summary

The Giada Slim N20 is one of the thinnest, if not the thinnest, dual core ION 2 nettop on the market right now and it performs as well as any other similarly spec-ed nettop on the market in terms of (low) noise and performance. The stand out is the built-in IR receiver and included remote, quite rare on nettops, which makes this ideal as a home theatre PC setup. Watch out for only 3 USB ports and the lack of any easy upgrades.

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  • Noosaheads

    I bought one of these, because it was a better price than an Aspire Revo.
    I didn’t specify Windows 7 (extra $$), so it came (in Australia) preconfigured with Ubuntu 10.04LTS,
    already setup with extra apps, free online backup from Ubuntu One etc.

    It worked out of the box, and I also bought a wireless keyboard and mouse,
    and webcam/microphone, and they all worked without any (major) configuring.
    I’ve since upgraded to 10.10 with the latest nvidia drivers.

    It plays 1080p fine from disk, digital camera picture slideshows are fantastic, browsing, youtube and skype via wireless work well, and it’s quiet, so it’s now on the living room TV via HDMI and my partner is happy…
    3D games such as Cube2:Sauerbraten work well, I’m not a big gamer so haven’t tried any like CS or Halo.
    Overall it does a better job than the eeepc that I used to plugin to the TV (and is much cheaper).

  • Noosaheads

    Also, my intention was to use it as an htpc with XBMC, which is already installed, so the 320GB hard disk is already fairly full with multimedia, but connecting a USB terabyte disk also works well.
    We mainly use it now with a slideshow of photos and a streaming internet radio soundtrack from somewhere exotic. There are many sound programs on it that use shoutcast or xiph, although my favorites are Paris One Deeper or Deep Mix Moscow.
    The only problem I had was that it did not recognise a USB hub, but I’ll try another.

  • Shawky99

    where did you get it without operating system, i need to buy one but it is not that cheap there are many other are cheaper with the same specification.