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VIA considers its Nano DC to be suitable in traditional desktop computing roles--a task that is already being addressed by other low-power platforms. While the performance might not appeal to power users, we’ve already seen lesser hardware being used in some offices.
The 1.80 GHz Nano DC edges out Intel’s 1.80 GHz Atom in Photoshop, as presented in the ION 2 platform. While the Core i3 appears far more suitable for photo editing, our threaded filters are far more elaborate that those used by most office workers.
Nobody would intentionally run production software on a low-energy PC, yet the Nano DC does a far better job that its Atom-based rivals.
Virus scanning is probably the most strenuous task most PCs are forced to deal with, and the Nano isn’t very good at it. Then again, neither are its Atom-based rivals.
File compression is a normal office function, and it’s one that’s not well-accomplished by low-energy platforms. We imagine that many office workers will spend over a minute waiting for smaller folders to be compressed, and doing so several times a day could be a major productivity killer.