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Acer preparing NVIDIA Ion 2 netbooks/nettops?

Acer preparing NVIDIA Ion 2 netbooks/nettops?

Details on NVIDIA's Ion 2 graphics chipset are still relatively scarce, but according to a DigiTimes report the company have already got at least one big-name buyer.  Acer have apparently placed orders for the Ion 2 to accompany their upcoming Atom N450, N470, D510 or D410 based notebooks and nettops, and though there's no specific release schedule given, Acer is believed to be planning to release Pine Trail netbooks from January 11th 2010.

ASUS Eee Box EB1501 shipping today [Updated]

ASUS Eee Box EB1501 shipping today [Updated]

Is something afoot with ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 nettop?  The Ion-toting mini desktop PC has had listings at a few major e-tailers for a while now, but ASUS UK has apparently contacted some UK sites to say that the EB1501 is shipping as of today; meanwhile the NetbookReviews team spotted that Play.com had updated their pages with a "due for release on 27/11/09".  All well and good, but a quick check of the site today shows the release date has disappeared and the nettop is showing up as "out of stock".

Update: ASUS UK have been in touch to tell us that the EB1501 is indeed shipping today in the UK, and that they've been in contact with the retailers to ask them to update their listings.

AOpen XC Mini GP7A-HD nettop eschews Atom for Core 2 Duo & NVIDIA Ion

AOpen XC Mini GP7A-HD nettop eschews Atom for Core 2 Duo & NVIDIA Ion

AOpen have outed their latest nettop, but whereas we're used to apologetic Atom processors holding us back, the AOpen XC Mini GP7A-HD takes regular Core 2 Duo CPUs instead.  The barebones kit also packs NVIDIA's Ion graphics chipset, which adds up to Full HD performance and a machine that could actually do a little gaming on your big-screen TV.

Otherwise there's a DVD burner, two DDR3 memory slots (4GB max, though it's unclear if that's per-slot or overall) and a 2.5-inch HDD bay.  Connectivity includes HDMI and VGA outputs (which will work simultaneously), together with gigabit ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, audio in/out and a 6-in-1 memory card reader.  There's no standard wireless connection, but two empty PCI Express Mini Card slots inside are enough for both a WiFi b/g/n card and a TV tuner if you should so wish.

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Stealth LPC-395F fanless rugged mini-PC crying out for in-car installation

Stealth LPC-395F fanless rugged mini-PC crying out for in-car installation

While we often can be found heaping scorn onto the me-too Atom N270 netbook ranges that pass our viewing window, Intel's low-power chip does occasionally find its way into an interesting machine.  Stealth Computer have slotted the 1.6GHz chip into their latest "Little PC", the Stealth LPC-395F, a fanless nettop with a ruggedized chassis and front-loading 2.5-inch hard-drive bay.

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ASUS Eee Keyboard latest version gets video demo; might be delayed again?

ASUS Eee Keyboard latest version gets video demo; might be delayed again?

The ASUS Eee Keyboard saga continues, and we're beginning to think it's the company's version of vaporware.  At their latest launch event in London, UK, this week, the Eee Keyboard - which squeezes a nettop and touchscreen into a keyboard form-factor, and was first debuted at CES back in January - was conspicuous by its absence, with ASUS telling Electricpig that the device was still mired in testing; however, ASUS have also been demonstrating their latest version of the Eee Keyboard to NetbookNews, with nary a mention of release delays.

Video demo of latest version after the cut

ASUS Eee Box EB1012 and EB1501 Ion-toting nettops get video hands-on

ASUS Eee Box EB1012 and EB1501 Ion-toting nettops get video hands-on

ASUS' latest NVIDIA Ion based nettops have been well and truly pawed over by NetbookNews.de, and considering that the Eee Box EB1012 at least seems destined for the US market it's only right that we should take an interest.  The EB1012 - and the ASUS Eee Box EB1501 - uses Intel's dual-core Atom 330 1.6GHz processor, paired with the Ion 1080p-capable graphics chipset, with the key difference being that the EB1501 finds room to squeeze in an optical drive.

Video demos after the cut

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Acer Aspire Revo R3610-U9012 nettop gets dual-core Atom update

Acer Aspire Revo R3610-U9012 nettop gets dual-core Atom update

Acer's Aspire Revo nettop has just received a welcome shot in the arm, courtesy of a dual-core Atom 330 processor and an extra gig of RAM.  The Aspire Revo R3610-U9012 kicks out its predecessor's Atom 230 chip in favor of the quicker alternative, and pairs it with 2GB of RAM, Windows 7 and NVIDIA Ion graphics.  That should hopefully make the system a little better at coping with non-1080p video tasks, something the first model had issues with.

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