Moneual have announced a new nettop, the MiNEW A10, based on Intel’s Atom 230 1.6GHz processor and running Windows XP. The company is billing the A10 as a basic HTPC, though looking at the specs it’s hard to see how: connectivity lacks even an S-Video port to hook up your TV.
Even if you could, it’s debatable how much value the single-core processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, GMA 960 graphics and 2.5-inch 160GB 5,400rpm hard-drive could bring. What connectivity the MiNEW A10 does have is pretty standard for nettops: four USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output, ethernet and audio in/out, though there’s also PS/2 and a serial port.
Really, you’re paying for the compact chassis and likely low power demands. The A10 measures just 7.95 x 8.66 x 2.75 inches and, according to Moneual, uses 70-percent less power than a traditional desktop PC. It’ll cost around 400,000 KRW ($314) when it lands in Korea.