We've featured some impressive case-mods on these pages before now, but I think this has to be one of my favorites. The handiwork of Gup from techPowerUp!, the Stargate-themed pyramid HTPC has a motorized top-section that lifts to reveal an LCD with custom graphics.
Video demo after the cut
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.
Technophiles that like their digital media know setting up a media PC can be difficult and can take up lots of space. Typically, with your media PC you will need the PC itself and an external amp of some kind to get good sound quality.
If you've been waiting for more detail on PopcornHour's incoming C-200 "Networked Media Tank" then prepare to set aside an afternoon; the company has released masses of video and full specifications for the Blu ray ready, UPnP set-top box, and they're now taking preorders for the first shipment.
Video demos after the cut
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.
Dell's latest mini-desktop, the Inspiron Zino HD, has broken cover, but the company obviously has some blackmail-quality information about Engadget and Gizmodo as neither site are spilling the details of what's inside the low-profile box. Known so far is that there's an optical drive, plenty of ports and interchangeable top covers with various patterns and finishes.
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.
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.
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.