A lot of people have been looking at laptops as their portable PCs ever since the very first laptop has been invented. As the years roll, there have been instances that computer companies have designed mini-PCs for such purposes, and GIADA also included themselves in the game.
They have been making ultra mini PCs, and they have presented us with their newest addition to their mini PC line, the GIADA Mini PC D310-C1037.
So enough with the introductions, let’s get to the basics starting with the specs:
CPU: Intel® Celeron® PROCESSOR 1037U DUAL CORE / 1.8 GHZ
CHIPSET: Intel® NM70 EXPRESS
GPU: Intel® GRAPHICS
MEM SUPPORT: 2*U-DiMM DDR3-1333/1600 UP TO 8G
MINI PCI-E 2(1*mSATA SSD+1*PCIE/USB)
DISPLAY OUTPUT: 1*HDMI + 1*VGA (OPTIONAL DVI)
AUDIO: Front: 1 Audio-out 1*MIc-in
Back: 1*Line-in / 1*Audio-out / 1*MIc-in
Since it is a mini-PC you wont have a problem setting it up in any flat surface; whether it be your floor or table. Setup is a breeze, after unboxing the unit all you need to do is attach the peripherals included in the box. From the photo above, you could see there are front ports for the USB 2.0 and audio ports for speakers and mic. The power button is on the right side of the unit.
And as far as with video outputs, since it is HD ready; setting it with an HDMI ready monitor is easy, VGA is also allowed. Audio ports for speakers and microphone are also located in front or at the back of the unit as you see from the photo below. PS/2 ports are included in case you have a PS/2 keyboard and mouse.
Connection internet wise, you can either choose connecting to Wi-Fi or with your Ethernet cable.
Now that we’re done with reviewing basic specs of this unit. ON WITH THE TESTING!
We tried to make full use of the unit starting with installing Adobe CS2 in the unit. No problems so far. Smooth as silk installation.
After installation, used Adobe Photoshop CS2 for a while. As you see below.
No problems so far as making graphics, CS2 is practical with the PCs current specifications.
Browsing was a breeze, you can install your browser of choice. We tried it with Chrome. Then went to YouTube.
Also tried playing a browser game in Facebook.
We also tried watching a video, using VLC (VideoLAN). Here is the result below.
Playing computer games with the GIADA Mini PC was the best part, since the unit doesn’t have any optical drives. We decided to go put Steam, and installed Torchlight II.
I also made an amateur video recording of playing Torchlight II.
We used the PC Mark and 3D Mark to determine the score on how well this performs when used on a regular basis. This is are the results.
And there you have it, if you’re looking for a not so bulky PC but built like a powerhouse. The GIADA Mini PC D310-C1037 is sure to supply your needs whether it be using it as a casual PC or a casual gaming PC.