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Building a DIY All-in-One PC with GIGABYTE's H77TN Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard - MiTAC Maestro 770

Building a DIY All-in-One PC with GIGABYTE's H77TN Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard
The All-in-One PC is going to be a big part of computing in the coming years. We take our first look at building one DIY style with GIGABYTE's brand new H77TN Thin Mini-ITX motherboard.
By: | Editorials in Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 2:06 pm

MiTAC Maestro 770




The MiTAC Maestro 770 at first glance isn't bad looking. I'm not too sure what to expect when it comes to an AIO and a certain level of sexiness. It's probably safe to say that Apple has kind of set that bar with the current crop of iMac's. The Maestro 770 isn't ugly, but it's not exactly gorgeous either. It feels industrial - solid and sturdy are two words that jump to mind straight away.




On the right hand side we've got a slot for a slim ROM drive along with a card reader, two USB 2.0 connectors and a switch that lets us adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen.




Jumping over to the other side we've got the back of our motherboard where the I/O panel is visible.




If we flip over the unit and open up the back we can see what's going on. Of course we're dealing with a DIY setup here, and as you can see, the motherboard needs to be installed. We get an idea of the cooling setup, though, and some of the connectors.


Before we get into the building side of things there's a few things we need to cover on the specification side of the Maestro 770. The screen comes in at 21.5" and supports the Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution making for a pretty sharp image thanks to the IPS panel used. Also on the front we've got a 1MP HD 720p webcam for your video chatting pleasure.


From an audio point of view we've got two five watt speakers that do a "good enough" job for stuff like YouTube and that sort of thing. Don't expect the neighbors to complain about the bass.


One of the biggest features would no doubt be the 10-finger touch support that's offered along with the proximity sensor. The touch design of course makes it super appealing to Windows 8 which was designed with touch in mind. Finally one of the other main features is the 100 x 100 VESA mount support, which is super appealing from a touch perspective.

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