As well as their Ion-based AspireRevo nettop, Acer have announced two new all-in-one desktops. At the budget end, the eMachines EZ1600 packs nettop hardware, while the more interesting Acer Aspire Z5600 gets a grown-up Intel processor, graphics and 1080p performance through a multitouch-capable 24-inch display.
Adobe have upgraded their Flash offensive, with the news this week that the next version - Flash 10.1 - will run across not only desktop but mobile and smartphone platforms. Taking advantage of the Open Screen Project (OSP), the new version will arrive as a Windows Mobile and webOS beta before the year is out, while early in 2010 we'll get Android and Symbian versions. Finally, while there's no release date for 10.1 yet given, RIM have signed up to the OSP meaning BlackBerry devices will also get Flash support.
NVIDIA's Tegra may be stealing MID-lover's hearts at Computex 2009, but that doesn't mean the company is forgetting about their Ion GPU. Taking to the stage with news of a full 21 Ion-based devices - including the ASUS Eee Top ET2002 all-in-one, ASRock ION 330 and MSI Wind Top AE2201 - NVIDIA revealed a mixture of mainboards, all-in-one desktops, netbooks, nettops and notebooks based on the 1080p-capable chipset.
From the very start, ASUS' Eee Box nettop caught the eye as a potential media PC, and the company themselves threw their hat into the ring with the launch of the Eee Box B206. Swapping the DVI output for an HDTV-friendly HDMI, and slotting an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 GPU with 256MB of its own DDR2 RAM in instead of the integrated graphics, the B206 promises high-definition playback above its humble Atom roots.
The Register have been taking a look at the nettop, and in some ways the B206 does deliver. Standard definition video runs with no problems, and DivX 720p files in Windows Media Player were also smooth; however, the B206 showed itself to be particularly picky about codecs.
The problem is that not all media player apps support DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), the technology which lets the Radeon HD 3450 GPU get its teeth into the video. Without that, it's up to the Atom N270 1.6GHz chip to keep things ticking over, and we already know that Intel's CPU struggles with high-resolution media.
Two new NVIDIA Ion nettops have been unveiled in Taipei, from ASRock and Pegatron. The ASRock ION 330 eschews the single-core Atom CPU as found in the Acer AspireRevo and instead pairs the NVIDIA GPU with a dual-core Atom 330. There's also an integrated DVD optical drive, where the AspireRevo has to use an external USB drive.
Pegatron Cape 7 nettop photo & details after the cut
I spend an inordinate amount of time in my living room. Part of that time is spent watching television. When I'm not watching some of my favorite shows, I'm probably reviewing video games. But there's something else that I have in my living room that I wouldn't go without: a PC.
Hot on the heels of ASUS' new Eee Box nettops comes rival MSI's new Wind Box DE200. Sporting a new tapered design that reminds me of a Cylon's helmet, the Wind Box DE200 pairs Intel's Atom 230 1.6GHz processor with an ATI Radeon HD 4350 GPU and HDMI output.
It's been another week dominated by cellphones here at SlashGear, with our exclusive review of the HTC Touch Diamond2 plus plenty of news from the rival Android smartphone camp. The HTC Magic launched on Vodafone Spain, but we were more interested in the Samsung I7500, a super-skinny slice of 5-megapixel Android loveliness. Check out the live demo video here.