Viako Mini Letter ML-45 LEAP E-350 Barebones Nettop

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Removing the four screws allows one to take off the top cover revealing a mini-ITX motherboard (manufactured by Giada) with a single DDR3 SODIMM slot, two mini PCI-E slots, one 2.5" drive tray and a pair of SATA connectors.

Though wired rather messily, the interior is not particularly cramped, at least not for a board and system of this type.

The only expansion option is a second mini PCI-E slot (the first is populated by an Atheros 802.11n WiFi adapter) sitting underneath the 2.5" drive tray which positions the drive upside down. There's a slot style cooler over the CPU which directs air toward a similarly puny-sized exhaust fan on the right side.

With the limited options and most of the peripherals already plugged in, assembly only takes a minutes. All that's required is a DDR3 SODIMM and a 2.5" drive. We used a 2GB stick of Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1333 and a Seagate Momentus XT 500GB hybrid notebook drive.

The ML-45 lacks a power LED but the display activates immediately when the turned on. It can be set to display a variety of different tidbits of information.

Here's how it appears in the dark.

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