The first MSI Wind netbook to use Intel's Atom N280 processor, the U123, will go on sale in Japan on April 11th, priced at 49,800 yen ($507). The netbook has a 10-inch WSVGA display and comes as standard with 1GB of RAM, though unlike other Wind netbooks the U123 will support up to 2GB.
Shuttle have officially announced the X50 All-in-One touchscreen nettop, the company's Atom-based rival to the ASUS Eee Top and MSI Wind Neton. First seen back in January, the Shuttle X50 has a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 16:9 resistive touchscreen, Intel's Atom 330 dual-core processor and 1GB of memory.
Mouse Computer are better known around these parts for their DVD burner-toting netbook, but the Japanese company also has a nettop range. Latest of the diddy-desktops is this, the Mouse Computer Lm-M110S, based on Intel's dual-core Atom 330 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard-drive.
The ASUS Eee PC 1000HE has shown up in a variety of new colors, including the rather fetching brushed-aluminum finish you see here. In fact the 10.2-inch netbook will apparently be offered in six different colors: black, white, brushed-silver, blue, pink and onyx.
Full color range gallery after the cut
MSI have officially announced their all-in-one nettop. The MSI Wind NetOn AP1900, which was first spotted back in November, has an 18.5-inch WSXGA 16:9 display, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and both a 160GB SATA hard-drive and DVD burner. According to MSI, at full operating load the 35mm wide NetOn AP1900 requires just 35W, saving around 86-percent on a traditional PC.
According to a DigiTimes report, HP are in negotiations with Intel regarding the chipmaker's Atom CPU restrictions. Sourcing Taiwan-based notebook manufacturers, the claim is that HP want to use the Intel Atom processor in notebooks with displays larger than the usual 10.2-inches; HP's roadmap for 2009 includes an 11.6-inch model in Q2 and a 13.3-inch model in June. The negotiations presumably concern the N270 Atom CPU, rather than the Z-series.
Road warriors who prize longevity over performance might find something to please them in Zepto's A12 netbook, which mixes an Intel A110 800MHz low-power processor with a more mainstream ultraportable 12.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display. That CPU isn't going to crunch many HD movies, but the 10hr suggested battery life is enough for a lengthy work-day.
The HP Mini 1000 netbook has been officially announced. Borrowing much of the design style of the HP Mini-Note 2133, only with a cheaper plastic casing, four versions of the HP Mini 1000 will be on offer: each will use Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, a change from the VIA processor used in the 2133. Available today, the HP Mini 1000 offers Windows XP Home on a choice of 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 or 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 BrightView displays, 512MB or 1GB of DDR2 RAM and either a 60GB 4,200rpm hard-drive or 8/16GB SSD. In mid-December, the Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition will launch, offering the 10.2-inch netbook with a casing matching the designer's Spring 2009 collection. Then, in January 2009, the HP Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience), a custom HP Linux build, will launch.
While we wait for the first proper English-language review of Raon Digital's Everun Note, there's definite interest to be had in the preliminary benchmark testing from UMPC Portal. If you remember, Raon Digital themselves stirred up some interest pre-launch by announcing some very promising performance figures; at the time there was a collective assumption that they were too good to be true, but in fact that turns out to not be the case.
Steve from UMPC Portal has been able to comfortably use the Everun Note as a desktop replacement, with the setup you see here running two Firefox windows with five tabs, Skype and Livewriter with 434MB of RAM free. In fact he's unable to tell the difference between the Note's performance in this setup, and that of a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo laptop.
Benchmark details after the cut