Giada, a Chinese manufacturer specializing in mini PCs, last week announced a “book-sized” mini PC called the i53, which is very similar to the last Giada product reviewed by us—the Giada i50—in that both look virtually identical and pack an Intel Core i processor. While it may be hard to distinguish between the Giada i50 and i53 at first glance, the two are actually quite different.
The i53, which is slightly bigger than the i50, is equipped with the latest-generation Intel Core i processors. Starting at $520, the i53 comes standard with an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, but is also available in Core i3 and Core i7 flavors. Here are the complete specs:
Processor: 3nd Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3(Optional)
Chipset: Intel HM76 Express
GPU: Intel GMA HD 4000
Memory: 2GB DDR3-1333 (1 x SO-DIMM slot Max 4GB)
Storage : 320GB2.5″HDD/500GB 2.5″HDD
I/O: 1 x USB3.0, 4 x USB2.0, 1 x Card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA
LAN: Gigabit LAN + Wi-Fi 802.11n + Bluetooth
Size: 192 x 155 x 26 mm
Color: Black & White
OS: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (Optional)
“It's an ideal home theater PC (HTPC) thanks to the included infra red remote control that allows for remote boot-up; its support for full HD 1080P video and Intel HD Audio with 5.1 channel surround sound,” reads the press release announcing the i53.
“The low power consuming Giada i53 runs cool and quiet, thanks to its advanced heat control technology, including a smart temperature-controlled fan. This Mini PC makes a perfect household download station - leave it downloading all night without being troubled by noise, heat or energy costs. Its slim design lets it fit neatly into even the tiniest space.”