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ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop Review

ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop Review

Where netbooks go, their deskbound nettop brethren eventually follow, and as NVIDIA's Ion GPU has made its impact on the graphics capabilities of budget ultraportables, so it has its sights set on compact desktops too. ASRock and NVIDIA worked together on the ION 330-BD, a Blu-ray toting nettop that pairs Intel's Atom processor with NVIDIA's ION platform, and sent one over to prove to SlashGear that just because the footprint is small, it doesn't mean the performance is too.

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Lenovo launch IdeaCentre Q100/Q110 nettops, D400 Home Server & Q700 HTPC

Lenovo launch IdeaCentre Q100/Q110 nettops, D400 Home Server & Q700 HTPC

And now it's time to get some of that NVIDIA goodness out there. Lenovo has launched the IdeaCentre Q100/Q110 nettops, which are housing the impressive NVIDIA Ion graphics processor. As if the NVIDIA Tegra wasn't good enough for the mobile market, it looks like company's like Lenovo know a good thing when they see it, and with the prowess that the Ion boasts, it's looking like the upcoming releases are prepped to be fantastic machines.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q700 HTPC wants to slip under your HDTV

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q700 HTPC wants to slip under your HDTV

Lenovo have launched a new HTPC, the IdeaCentre Q Series, which while resembling a nettop actually packs a slightly more impressive 2.5GHz Intel Pentium dual-core E5200 CPU with 4GB of RAM and Intel X4500 graphics.  First on sale as the $499 IdeaCentre Q700, the 2.36 x 7.87 x 9.84 inch box packs a choice of 320GB, 500GB or 640GB hard-drives together with an HDMI output and optional WiFi b/g.

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Viewsonic VOT 132 NVIDIA Ion nettop heads new product range

Viewsonic VOT 132 NVIDIA Ion nettop heads new product range

What the world needs now, sang Viewsonic, is Ion, sweet Ion, and so they gave us this.  The Viewsonic VOT 130/132 nettop may look like a pale VHS cassette but it's actually one of the items in the company's new product range, accompanied by two other compact desktops, two netbooks and a PMP.  Of the lot, though, it's the VOT 130/132 that's most interesting, having as it does optional NVIDIA Ion graphics.

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Project Natal will spread to HTPC and office claims Gates

Project Natal will spread to HTPC and office claims Gates

Microsoft aren't just aiming for your games room with Project Natal, but your living room and even your office.  That's the latest from Bill Gates, who confirmed that both the Xbox and Windows teams have "latched onto" the motion-tracking camera system and each plan to develop applications that will range from gaming through controlling an HTPC, to increasing interaction in meetings.

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Maingear Axess HD Gamer: Core i7, dual GeForce 9800 GT and Phantom Lapboard

Maingear Axess HD Gamer: Core i7, dual GeForce 9800 GT and Phantom Lapboard

Maingear have announced a new PC that can't decide quite whether it's for gamers or HTPC enthusiasts.  The Maingear Axess HD Gamer has its sights on your living room, and uses a low-profile aluminum case; however inside there's an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 12GB of DDR3 memory and dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT graphics cards in SLI configuration.  The Axess HD Gamer is also the first system to come with the Phantom Lapboard.

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