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Foxconn Nettop NT535 review

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Price when reviewed : £136
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Foxconn's compact barebones nettop is let down by the difficulty of opening it and its aging processor

Off-the-shelf nettops usually have the same basic specification, with an Intel Atom processor, a small hard disk and 2GB of memory. However, barebones kits such as Foxconn’s NT535 leave you room for a bit more customisation. It still has a modest 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, but at least you can add as large a hard disk as you want and up to 4GB of RAM.

Foxconn Nettop NT535 inside

Building it should be a simple proposal – all you have to do is slot a laptop memory module into place and put a 2.5in SATA hard disk into a caddy, and there aren’t even any cables to route. However, the NT535 is remarkably difficult to open, particularly if you want to avoid scratching its glossy exterior. We had to resort to using a couple of thin flat-head screwdrivers to lever the removable side away – hardly convenient, and definitely intimidating for anyone who isn’t happy with the idea of applying force to their hardware.

The Nettop NT535 is certainly compact. It looks similar to Asus’s EEEBox and comes with a VESA mount that lets you attach it to the back of a TV or monitor – perfect if you want to use it as a media centre PC. It’s well equipped with ports including an HDMI output and a 3.5mm stereo line output that doubles as an optical S/PDIF. This gives you some flexibility if you want to connect it to a set of surround sound speakers. There’s also a headphone output and a surprisingly loud and clear built-in speaker.

Foxconn Nettop NT535 rear

Unfortunately, video doesn’t work as smoothly as we’d have liked. The laptop has a maximum resolution of 1,920×1,080 (Full HD) via HDMI, although the VGA output is limited to a resolution of 1,366×768. However, we were only able to play 720p video smoothly, while our H.264 encoded 1080p test files dropped frames as they played.

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Price £136
Rating **
Processor socket Intel FCBGA559
Processor support Intel Atom D525
Processor heatsink supplied yes
Memory slots 1
Supported memory type PC3-6400
Memory 4GB
Dual-channel support no
Form factor Mini-ITX
Chipset north bridge Intel NM10 Express
Chipset south bridge intel NM10 Express
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
Graphics Memory 256MB
Graphics memory type shared


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
Legacy ports none
Graphics/video ports HDMI, VGA
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Size 25x190x135mm
Dual 3D architecture N/A
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 1
RAID drives 0
Floppy ports 0
3.5in drive bays 0
5.25in drive bays 0
Other bays none


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 3.5mm stereo line out (shared optical S/PDIF), 3.5mm stereo headphone out
Speaker configuration 5.1
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, Memory Stick PRO, MMC
Power supply wattage N/A
Cables included none
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption idle 18W
Power consumption active 24W

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Price £136

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