Graphics come via an ATI Radeon X1200 128MB chip, with 1GB of on-board RAM, 160GB of hard drive space and 10/100 Ethernet and standard 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. Six USB 2.0 ports are provided, although as noted, four of them are in the back and vertically mounted, which makes them challenging for any kind of USB hotswapping. An in-built 1.3-megapixel camera covers Skype duties — it's preinstalled and set to boot at start-up. In keeping with Microsoft's licensing rules, the operating system of choice is Windows XP Home.
The nScreen's key visual feature would have to be its incredibly retro volume knob, which protrudes a full centimetre from the front bottom right of the screen, and doubles as a volume control and the power knob. On the right side of the screen you'll find brightness controls, while the left-hand side houses headphone and microphone jacks, two USB ports and a multicard reader. All the rest of the nScreen's ports reside at the back, and are mounted such that you've got to plug everything in vertically. This isn't so much of a problem for the network or power cables, which on most systems may as well be welded into place, but it is more of a problem for the four USB ports, as finding the exact right spot while leaning the screen forward is a tricky prospect.