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VeryPC Nano Sketch review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £549
inc VAT

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

Also at the back of the PC is the connector for the external power adaptor, a 3.5mm port that serves as a combined analogue and digital audio output, a Gigabit Ethernet port and both HDMI and DVI display outputs. The display outputs let you use two monitors at the same time. At the front are 3.5mm microphone and headphone ports and a card reader that supports a range of formats including SDXC. The PC also has a built-in 802.11n wireless adaptor with dual internal antennas.

VeryPC Nano Sketch

The hard disk and memory are the only components that are designed to be accessible. The processor is out of reach, as is its passive cooling system. There’s no active fan anywhere in the case, although vents on the sides provide some airflow. The Sketch became a little warm in use, but its low-power processor means you don’t have to worry about the Sketch overheating.

The Sketch comes with a stand to help support it in a secure upright position; alternatively you can use the supplied VESA mount to connect it directly to the back of a TV or monitor. VeryPC will also engrave any artwork, logo or message you want on to the PC’s chassis. The system is available in a variety of prices and specifications, but the model reviewed here costs £549. It’s a reasonable price for the specification, although you can find better value components if you’re prepared to put up with a bulkier computer. However, this is the best mini PC we’ve seen recently.

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Basic Specifications

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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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