Foxconn Nano PC nT-i1500 Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2012-04-02

Foxconn has brought us to the table the latest generation of Intel Atom CPUs, by using the small Nano PC chassis which features about the same layout inside as the barebones we have tested from them in the past. The system power consumption is very low, temperatures are good in load and the noise generated is decent. Only thing that needs to be fixed to make this product fully functional is the VGA driver which in its current state offers low performance in both 2D and 3D environments, and Intel does not offer any support for x64 OSes.

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Packaging, A Closer Look Part I

The Nano PC from Foxconn comes shipped inside a small cardboard box, with a nice artwork on it, showing us that we can use the device as a media center; a photo of the product is also located here:




On the lateral of the enclosure, we can also find a small sticker, for sorting purposes inside the warehouse:




If we get rid of the outside packaging, we can find that the product is further protected inside a plain white cardboard box:




The Nano PC is held inside a bubble bag, on the top compartment of the box:




As bundle, we are also offered a power lead, different accessories, the power brick and a circular dock:




The product is shipped with a very useful plastic knife-like tool, which we can use to open up the barebone, for installing the rest of the components (HDD or SSD and SODIMM DDR3 memory); extra screws are supplied for mounting the VESA mount and the internal components, 4 adhesive feet and 4 rubber feet with magnetic core; another item that we haven’t seen at the previously reviewed Nano PC is the small Foxconn sticker:




The circular stand does not occupy a lot of space and allows us to install the Nano PC vertically:




The supplied power brick is relatively small and has a power LED located in one of the corners:




The PSU is manufactured by HuntKey and is rated on the output 19V, 3.42A:




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Comment from KingKong75 @ 2012/12/23
I really like the design of this nano-pc.
It is really small and the perf is correct.
I install Windows Server 2012 as a backup server

Foxconn is pretty new in the pc market (with their own brand).
Currently they don't support 64 bit OS (no 64 bit drivers available).
It seems they support only Windows 7 32bit
Hopefully, Windows Server 2012 recognize almost all the devices (not the soundcard, nor the wifi device).
Intel does not support the GPU (gma 3600). What a shame.

I downloaded their last firmware, but there is no information about the firmware (only flash file).
I did hardly the flash (yes, you must create your own dos bootable usb device to flash).

Anyway, hopefully as a server, it works pretty well (i don't need the soundcard nor the wifi). I regret only there is no sleep mode on Windows Server 2012 (Microsoft think it is a nonsense to have sleep mode on a server ).

My verdict is :

hardware : 9/10
software/drivers : 1/10