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Sapphire Edge VS8 review: a mini PC with plenty of storage

£277.61 inc VAT and delivery

Manufacturer: Sapphire

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Edge VS8 offers a well-balance set of features, read more about them in our Sapphire Edge VS8 review.

Sapphire Edge VS8 review

The Edge VS8's black rubberised-plastic housing contains a PC based on AMD’s 1.6GHz A8 processor which features integrated Radeon 7600G graphics, giving it considerably better graphics performance than any of the competition. See also Group test: What's the best budget PC?

The Edge VS8 offers a well-balance set of features: its large 500GB hard drive is slower and more power power-hungry than an SSD, but also considerably less expensive and offers enough storage space for many to use the PC without the need to connect up external USB drives. See all budget PC reviews.

However, should you need to, there are two USB 3.0 ports provided, along with four USB 2.0. Dual monitor outputs are also provided in the form of HDMI and Mini DisplayPort connectors. Mini DisplayPort to HDMI and Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters have been included in the box.

There’s also digital and analogue audio, an SD card reader and a gigabit ethernet port. Annoyingly, the front-mounted USB 3.0 ports are located behind a small removable tab which we managed to lost.

Our system was supplied without an operating system. All the required drivers were supplied, but these were on optical media which the PC doesn’t support. An installation of Windows 8 went without a hitch however and we were easily able to download the required drivers from Sapphire’s website.

Performance-wise we were expecting more from the Edge VS8. The PC Mark result of 1150 points seeming uncharacteristically low, especially when considering relatively high scores in many sub tests.

Where the Edge VS8 shines however is in gaming. While it’s by no means a gaming PC, it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the competition and will give you by far the best gaming experience available. Power consumption was a little higher than the rest, but even under full load, the system cooling fan remained relatively quiet – you won’t have to sacrifice your peace in order to get faster gaming graphics.

Sapphire Edge VS8 Expert Verdict »

Processor: 1.6GHz AMD A8-4555M (4 cores / 4 threads)
CPU Cooler: custom heatsink and fan
Installed memory: 4GB DDR3, 1333MHz
Storage: 500GB 2.5in SATA HDD, 5400rpm
Power supply: External
Motherboard: AMD Hudson-3, AMD K15.1
External USB ports: 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
Graphics processor: Integrated AMD Radeon HD 7600G
Sound: on-board
Networking: Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n
Audio outputs: Line out, S/PDIF out (optical), HDMI audio, DisplayPort audio
Audio inputs: Line in
Video outputs: HDMI, Mini DisplayPort
Other ports: SD card reader
Bluetooth: Yes
Case dimensions: 183 x 198 x 32 mm
Total weight: 660g
Case construction materials: rubberised plastic
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 4 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Edge VS8 delivers somewhat unimpressive general performance, but really comes into its own with multimedia and gaming where it can outclass the competition. A good set of connectivity options is provided, along with a roomy 500GB hard drive. It can function well as a stand-alone family entertainment hub and is available at a very low price.

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