Testing – General Testing
When I get any new system I run the Windows 7 experience index. It assesses your system and gives you a score based on its findings. The highest score you can receive for each category is 7.9. The Giada i35G scored a 3.3, which was lower than all of the other Mini PC’s. The thing that was really holding the system back was the processor.
The system is pretty easy to work with. It can be easily connected to your monitor or TV using the HDMI cable. That means you can get full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), which is perfect for a media machine. Using Windows Media center was quite easy with this system and the included media center remote made things even easier and gives you another reason to use this system as a media system. I used Apple’s movie trailer website to play quite a few different trailers in both 720p and 1080p resolution and the i35G handled them without any issues.
One issue I did notice when using the i35G was that when I had music playing and I went to install a large program or had a lot going on the sound would skip from time to time. Not a big deal, but it did happen quite frequently. The fan on the system also was audible when playing games or when I had many programs open. Now if you had headphones or music playing you wouldn’t notice it at all.