I’ve been seeing Giada computers at trade shows for the past few years, and I’m always impressed at just how small and thin the company manages to make its nettops while continuing to pack in the latest features such as dual core Atom chips or second-generation NVIDIA ION graphics. I haven’t had a chance to test one extensively yet… but Peter at Netbook News has just published a detailed review of the Giada N20 nettop.
The computer isn’t much larger than a DVD drive (although it doesn’t actually have a disc drive), but makes room for 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 802.1b/g/n WiFi, VGA and HDMI output, 2 USB ports, and eSATA/USB combo port, and an IR receiver for a remote control. The Giada N20 has a 1.83GHz Intel Atom D525 processor and NVIDIA ION 2 graphics.
There are no ports on the front, which seems a bit like a waste of space, but it also means the computer will look more like an appliance than a PC if you stick it in your home theater setup.
Performance-wise, it looks like the computer can handle most HD video, although Peter says 1080p HD Flash video is a little problematic in full screen mode.
Overall the Giada N20 sounds like a winner. There’s just one problem — it’s not available for purchase in the US.