Giada A51 Mini PC - Giada Final Thoughts

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Giada A51 Mini PC
Inside the A51
Giada A51 Specifications
Giada A51 Setup and Testing
Testing Continued
Giada Final Thoughts

 

Giada A51 Mini PC Final Thoughts:

As this is the first product from Giada that I've had a chance to review, I wasn't too sure what to expect. The Giada A51 however really impressed me thanks to its small size and overall great performance. The AMD T56N CPU that the A51 contains isn't a powerhouse of a CPU but it was easily able to run Windows 7 and every application that I threw at it. I would have no problem recommending this Mini PC to anyone who is looking for a full PC that is super small and barely uses any power (in our testing we couldn't get it to use over 24 Watts of power when running it full out).

The biggest selling feature of the Giada A51 is the size, seriously, this full PC is tiny. Obviously the biggest appeal of this unit would be to use it for a HTPC, but after using it for our testing I would say that most people could probably use this PC for everyday tasks without much trouble at all. The A51 isn’t going to blow you away with its raw computing power, but is has enough power to rival most budget laptops and if you paired this system with a cheap monitor you could probably put together an entire system for well under $400 bucks. Obviously using it as your main system would have some drawbacks but if you wanted a basic PC for web usage, light gaming, and other tasks this unit would have no trouble keeping up. Thanks to the size of the Giada A51 it could be used for quite a few different applications where space is limited such as digital signage or web kiosks. If you do need a system with a little more power, Giada has other models that feature more powerful CPUs, yet still remain nice and small like the A51.

When it came to awarding this unit a score for performance I decided to give the Giada A51 a 10/10. Now the AMD T56N CPU isn't the fastest CPU available (or even close to it for that matter), however, when you consider that this entire unit uses under 30 Watts of power and still can run a full version of Windows 7 and most desktop applications while using less power than most light bulbs, that's pretty impressive and is the reason that this unit scores top marks in the performance section.

The Giada A51 comes with enough features to make this PC really handy. Included onboard you have 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, onboard HDMI port, and a built in card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO). Having USB 3.0 is very handy if you want to hook up an external hard drive full of movies and will give you some nice and fast transfer speeds. The HDMI port and card reader are nice features for any HTPC to have, and having them built in is very important because no one wants a bunch of external devices hooked up to a unit like this.

As far as price and value goes, the Giada A51 is a pretty good deal. Online we were able to find it for ~$319 USD which is pretty decent for a full system like the A51 is. Also included with the Giada A51 is a media remote which we found to be very handy and worked great.

At the end of the day it's pretty easy to like the Giada A51. I’m overall very impressed with this unit and thanks to its affordable price tag this unit could be used in all sorts of situations where you don’t have much room but want the features of a full PC, and that's exactly what you get with the Giada A51. Thanks to the great value, the small size, and good performance that the Giada A51 offers, we have awarded this product our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award. If you are looking for a full PC that can fit into places where other PC's can't, you'll want to give some serious consideration to the Giada A51 Mini PC.

 

Pros:

  • Extremely Low Power Consumption
  • Great Value
  • Media Remote Included
  • Good Performance
  • Extremely Small Size

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

 
Gold

 

I'd like to thank Giada for sending us the A51 Mini PC. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please reply below.