Say what? A Chinese OEM is making their products available outside of China? That should be great for us all, right? After all, OEMs typically offer a greater variety of hardware in other countries, and this is apparently the case with JEHE’s N20 nettop, which sports some rather decent hardware under its small casing.
A nettop is just a cheap, barebones PC saddled with a not-so-stellar Atom processor and lackluster Intel onboard graphics right? Not if this particular Chinese OEM has got anything to say about it. Apparently, Shenzhen-based OEM JEHE Technology Development Co. has reportedly announced that it plans to start shipping its machines to other countries instead of just China alone, and the first of such devices to be made available for the US market is its new GIADA N20 nettop PC.
Like most typically nettops specifically designed to provide nothing more than entry-level computing capabilities in a small form factor, the GIADA N20 sports a relatively small case which measures a mere 160 x 175 x 23mm. In addition, the N20features the standard connectivity and expansion/IO ports, such as Gigabit Ethernet, built-in 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, VGA and HDMI-out ports, two USB 2.0 ports and a multi-card reader.
However, it is the hardware inside the N20 which may be of interest to SFF enthusiasts: backing up the nettop’s processing power is Intel’s recent dual-core D525 processor which is clocked at 1.8GHz. Furthermore, the N20 also sports a slightly more impressive graphics solution (NVIDIA’s ION-2 platform) as opposed to the weak Intel onboard graphics usually found on such devices.
But of course, there are two sides to a coin, and what you have just read about JEHE making their products more widely available is only the good news. The bad news is that, based on the current information available, it appears that JEHE has only planned to release the N20 for sale in the US, so whether the N20 will ever make its way to our shores is something which we can only wait and see.
Still, if shipping over a PC from China or the US does not sound like an issue, the N20 is available at the price of US$449, and will be pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Source: TechConnect Magazine