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.
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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
Audio in and out plus a built-in speaker
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
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
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