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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A Closer Look Part II

A small User’s Manual is also included, along with a CD with drivers:




For saving up space inside the box, the Nano PC is preinstalled into the VESA mount:




After its removal, we can see that the mount has pre-drilled holes for different types of monitors:




The small computer has an all-black shiny plastic appearance, which is a dust and fingerprint magnet; however, with proper care, we can get past these problems really easy. For transport, Foxconn has covered both sides with a transparent plastic film, to avoid scratches:





On the frontal side, we can find the headphone and microphone jacks, one MS/SD/MMC card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, a small speaker and the Sleep, Power buttons:




The back holds 4 USB 2.0 ports, a D-SUB video out, one HDMI connector, one RJ45 LAN connector, a Line Out jack and one DC-in:




On one of the laterals, we can find a large plastic grill, from which cold air gets sucked in:




The opposite side represents the exhaust, where the small fan is located:





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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