IntroductionThe small-form-factor PC market feels like it's in a comfort zone. You have solid, dependable Shuttle producing ever increasing numbers of refinements to designs they've perfected in recent years. You can't really go wrong with a Shuttle XPC. Hoping to match the Taiwanese SFF giant are a number of other companies producing designs to compete, which try to do things a little differently. Be that Soltek with an ugly aesthetic but nice expansion, or possibly MSI with fine style and genuine media ability, the companies that want a slice of a growing (although slower growth than recent years) market are numerous and they're all being as clever as possible to get their share. It's hard to buy a bad mini-PC these days.
One such company is TriGem, a Korean newcomer to the small PC market (at least on American and European shores), with a small range of products under the KLOSS umbrella. Like MSI, Soltek and others, TriGem's SFF products try to buck the trend in terms of integration and solutions to heat and noise, compared to what you'll see elsewhere.
Before I move on to the review of their KL-I915A KLOSS, a little about what it was like to work with TriGem during the course of the review. While preparing for the product launch of KLOSS, TriGem sent myself, and a number of other reviewers and editors, samples of the first generation KL-I915A to roll off their production line. Working correctly for the most part, there was a glaring flaw in the fitment of certain PCI Express graphics boards. Other editors and reviewers confirmed the problem with TriGem and the company came back with a new mainboard revision in double quick time, following advice from us.
So with sale units shipping in the UK now, it's about time I got this article out of the door. Let's have a closer look at the TriGem KLOSS KL-I915A to see if it's worthwhile putting on your shopping list.