The Power of a Full PC in the Palm of Your Hand
The Mini-Top will technically run nearly all the programs that your desktop will. With a few exceptions. . . It is not designed for processor intensive applications. In fact the Mini-Top is designed to run and internet browser, light office applications, and play movies. This is of course what most consumers are using their PC’s for which is why the Mini-Top is perfect for so many people.
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As an added benefit and showing some good forethought by Jetway the Mini-Top includes wireless N, an HDMI output as well as DVI. The Mini-Top comes packaged with a remote control which is fully functional with Windows 7 allowing you complete system control in a media center setting. With the included optional stand the Mini-Top can be used vertically or horizontally giving you your choice on placement and look.
What you wont find with the Mini-Top is an integrated optical drive or extra storage capabilities. The Mini-Top gives you the ability to install a single 2.5 inch hard drive and two ram slots. The good news is the Mini-Top has not been handicapped like 99% of the Atom’s based platforms on the market and will allow you to install up to 4GB of DDR2 ram in a single channel environment. With the cost of 2.5 inch hard drives falling and the capacities on the rise we don’t expect this would present much of an issue. We were happy to install a 640GB 5400rpm Seagate Momentus drive which would easily accommodate enough episodes of Big Bang Theory and complete collections of MP3’s to last you for a few weeks. If this is not enough storage for you the Mini-Top includes an e-SATA port in the rear for external expansion not to mention the two USB ports in the front and rear for a total of 4 USB 2.o ports.
If the Mini-Top is designed to be used in an home theater setup then no review would be complete without a discussion of the audio capabilities of the device. In this regard the Mini-Top holds its own without shining or falling down. While the Mini-Top won’t win awards for its audio quality it does include the C-Media CM108AH controller which is 2CH DAC with headphone amplifier. The Nvidia L-PCM digital audio (HDMI 1.3) can support 7.1 output with external decoder.
We would have liked to see 7.1 audio on board as we found the C-Media audio to be a bit on the tinny side. If audio is of a great concern you would be best served with the purchase of an cheap external USB X-Fi adapter.