Evo ECOPC: A Silent Nettop

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Evo ECOPC

February 18, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product Evo ECOPC N.1A
Manufacturer Evo Technologies
MSRP US$346 (sample configuration)

The ECOPC is a product out of Korea from a company called Evo Technologies. Given its name and its compact plain cardboard box with the words "small," "silent" and "green" written on each side, you can guess what type of system it holds: what many people now refer to as a nettop.



Naturally, the ECOPC ships in biodegradable packaging.

There is an emphasis on size because a small device means fewer electronic components and structural materials to forge and manufacture and eventually dispose of when the time comes. An environmentally friendly PC also needs excellent energy efficiency, particularly if the electricity in the local area is generated by sources that emits greenhouses gases or other toxic waste. A byproduct lower power is reduced energy lost as heat during operation, making it easier to cool quietly. This cuts down on dreaded noise pollution.

Unfortunately to truly reduce a PC's carbon footprint requires sacrifices -- the ECOPC's hardware is minimal compared to typical desktops. There are two versions of the ECOPC, the N.1A with an Intel Atom N270 1.66 GHz processor and the yet to be released E.1A which packs an AMD Geode 500 MHz chip. The N.1A can be configured to your liking with 1GB or 2GB of RAM, a 320GB to 640GB hard drive (or an SSD), and with no operating system, uBuntu, or Amahi Fedora. With that kind of specifications, it's strictly for basic use.


Aside from the unit itself, the ECOPC ships with a 48W DC brick, a stand, wall mounts, and VESA mounting hardware.

On Evo's website, they tout the ECOPC's size, VESA compatibility, and 12V input (which makes it easy to power via alternative energy sources like solar/wind), but that can be said of most Atom based nettops. What may separate the ECOPC from the competition is its energy efficiency and noise level. The system uses an Intel D945GSEJT motherboard which utilizes the ultra efficient mobile 945GSE Express chipset. We reviewed a system with the same board and a Morex T1610 case and it produced excellent results. This unit has a fan unfortunately, but it is only is necessary for closed and/or hot environments according to Evo; at room temperature it may be run passively.

Evo ECOPC N.1A: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model: ECOPC N.1A
Processor: Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz (533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)
Chipset: Intel 945GSE Express Chipset
Memory: 1GB or 2GB DDR2 SODIMM 667MHz or 800MHz RAM. Single RAM Slot
Storage: 2 x SATA-2, 1 x IDE(44 pin). Single 2.5" Storage bay
Front I/O: Audio In/Out, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
Rear I/O: Audio Out, Ethernet(RJ-45), 3 x USB 2.0 Ports, DVI-D, VGA(D-SUB), 12V DC Input. (Optional: 1 x Antenna hole for internal WLAN)
Network: Realtek 10/100/1000 Mbps Controller
Audio: Realtek ALC622, Intel HD Audio
Expansion: Mini PCI Express Slot
Optional: Internal WLAN or Broadcom Crystal HD Mini PCIe card
Power: < 16W(w/SSD), < 18W(w/HDD) / 12V - 2A AC adapter 100-240V~ 50/60Hz euro plug
Size: W178 x D195 x H40 mm
International Warranty: 1 Year RTB Warranty


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