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Tech Review: Asus Nova P22

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Posted April 25, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

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Is your computer running a bit slow? Is that tiny hard drive not cutting it anymore? My friend, it’s time you upgraded! However, don’t rush out and buy the first computer you see. Get informed opinions about the latest in personal computing technology like the Asus Nova P22. It might just be the right comp for you.

Also, keep a look out for new tech reviews right here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 


Asus Nova P22

What You Need to Know

  • They got quite a bit into a 4 pound box.
  • 1.86 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1 GB of DDR2 RAM
  • 160 GB hard drive
  • 256 MB Intel graphics chip
  • 4 USB ports
  • DVI out
  • Audio in and out plus a built-in speaker
  • Ethernet port
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • Really easy to set up multiple Bluetooth devices
  • 802.11-n Wi-Fi which is unique to any of the other mini desktops; again, very easy and stable and gives you lots of range
  • Ironically, the addition of Vista hurts it during iTunes encoding or other benchmarks because it only has 1 GB of RAM; Mac OSX or XP uses 1 GB; optimally while Vista is a memory hog
  • It's also tough to upgrade as you'd void the warranty if you wanted to install more RAM
  • On the plus side, it runs incredibly quiet and cool.
  • Asus has designed the Nova for expandable docking stations which are supposed have HDMI out for your TV, a better GPU for games, memory card reader for photos, stuff that enables you to transport the nova around to different rooms
  • These aren't available yet, so it just doesn't compare

Price

  • The Mac Mini is $100 cheaper for a slight decrease in specs, and the HP Slimline comes with a Blu-ray drive for $50 more
  • Bottom line: as long as the Asus docking stations don't exist, consider other mini desktop options
  • $900

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