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VeryPC Nano Sketch review

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Price when reviewed : £549
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This tiny PC is a great buy if you need something more powerful than the average compact computer


1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U, 4GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 8

We’ve reviewed quite a few ultra-compact mini PCs over the years. Most of them have been low-cost, low-power Atom-based systems designed for nothing more challenging than connecting to a TV to watch videos. Not so the Very PC Nano Sketch. Although it comes in the same kind of compact chassis, about the size of a hardback novel, this mini PC is equipped with an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3-3217U processor.

VeryPC Nano Sketch

While still not what you’d call blisteringly fast, particularly when it comes to multitasking, the Nano Sketch is a great deal more powerful than your average mini PC. It scored 30 in our benchmarks, despite taking a long time to complete our challenging multitasking test, which called upon it to simultaneously play an HD video, modify image files and transcode a video file. The Sketch is easily powerful enough to handle standard desktop computing and multimedia entertainment tasks.

The processor’s integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor couldn’t run Dirt Showdown smoothly at low quality settings, so you won’t be able to play the latest play 3D games at anything other than the lowest settings, if at all. However, you should have no trouble playing casual games such as Plants vs Zombies, or many strategy games at low detail settings.

The Nano Sketch is equipped with 4GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1,333MHz. This is a Kingston laptop module. The Foxconn AT-7300 NanoPC barebones chassis on which this PC is based has two memory slots, each of which can take an 8GB module, so there’s plenty of room to upgrade. An extra 4GB of RAM would be a worthwhile investment if you plan on using the PC to view or edit large photos, for example.

VeryPC Nano Sketch

Although it isn’t terribly powerful, the Nano Sketch felt nippy when we used the Windows 8 Desktop. This is partly due to the installed Seagate ST1000LM014-1EJ164 hybrid hard drive, a 1TB disk that uses built-in flash memory to boost access and boot speeds. When it comes to external storage, the mini PC is surprisingly well equipped. At the front of the chassis, you’ll find an SDXC card reader and two USB3 ports. At the back are another two USB3 ports and a couple of standard USB ports. You’ll probably use the latter for your mouse and keyboard.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i3-3217U
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x18
Processor clock speed 1.8GHz
Processor socket FCBGA1023
Memory 4
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Foxconn AT-7000
Motherboard chipset Intel HM76


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) N/A
PCI-E x16 slots (free) N/A
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 1

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate ST1000LM014-1EJ164
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) Intel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI


Sound Realtek ALC887
Sound outputs 3.5mm line out (shared optical S/PDIF), 3.5mm headphone out, 3.5mm mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SDXC, Memory Stick Pro, MMC
Optical drive type(s) none


Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £549

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