Sapphire Edge VS8 - A Trinity Mini-PC

Design & Features

Design & Features

The Sapphire Edge VS8 Mini-PC is really compact. In terms of total volume, the Edge VS8 displaces just about 1100cm3. This is remarkably small, but not as small as the recently reviewed Intel NUC kit. Comparisons between the two are inevitable, but while the Edge VS8 is wider, it is also significantly thinner, measuring just slightly more than 3cm in depth. Furthermore, the Intel NUC Mini-PC can achieve its compact footprint mainly because it employs the use of mSATA SSDs, whereas the Edge VS8 can readily accommodate any 2.5-inch form factor hard drives.

Decked in black, the Edge VS8 has a very plain design and has a rubberized coating. The Edge VS8 is meant to be vertically-mounted and Sapphire conveniently supplies a metal stand to let users do this.

Here’s a closer look at the Edge VS8:

The Sapphire Edge VS8 is actually not much bigger than an external optical drive.

Here's the Sapphire Edge VS8 juxtaposed along the Intel NUC Mini-PC. In terms of outright volume, the Intel NUC Mini-PC is the more compact of the two. However, the Edge VS8's slim profile and light weight makes it supremely portable still.

Up front, behind a dust cover, are two USB 3.0 ports. Below it is a SD card reader.

Round the back are 4 USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI port, a mini-DisplayPort, an Ethernet jack, optical SPDIF input, DC-in, and finally, jacks for both headphones and a microphone.

Can’t find the power button? The button is actually hidden here. It’s not very apparent at first and Sapphire could have done more to make it more conspicuous.

The Good
Good connectivity options
Six USB ports (2 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0)
Compact and slim design
Integrated WiFi & Bluetooth
The Bad
Slow mechanical hard disk
Less than expected performance
Expensive considering no OS provided

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