Giada I53-BQ841 preview: compact mini PC with Core i5

You can use it as a small office computer, server or even HTPC, at Giada they leave it up to you with the I53-BQ841. Today we are taking a closer look at this very compact PC with an Intel Core i5-3317U processor. Note that this promising computer is not on sale in the UK. We came across Giada for the first time at CeBIT back in 2011.

That processor is used in many Ultrabooks, so it's energy-efficient and relatively powerful and perfect for a compact little chassis like the Giada. The design of it has its own distinct style, and it can stand upright in the transparent base or you can lay it down on its side. And if you plan on using it as an HTPC, there's even a remote included with it.

Despite its compact size the mini PC has a lot of connectors. When it stands upright, the top side has a cover hiding a USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader and two audio ports. One of those also functions as a digital optical connection.

The rest of the connectors consist of HDMI, VGA and a gigabit network port. The graphics are provided by the integrated graphics of the mobile Intel Core i5 Intel HD Graphics 4000. The network port is a Realtek gigabit adapter, and W-iFi comes from a 2.4GHz 150Mbit/s chip from RaLink. The mini system is assembled in clever way, to keep it as compact as possible Giada used both sides of the motherboard.

One of the sides you can remove by taking out two screws and taking off the cover (be careful with the antenna). This give you access to the area where the hard disk is. You can read the rest of the review of the Giada I53-BQ841 on hardware.info here.