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ASUS Eee Keyboard delayed until August

After telling us – and then telling us again – that the Eee Keyboard would arrive this month, ASUS are now promising their nettop-in-a-keyboard will actually drop in August 2009.  Rather than blaming manufacturing delays or last-minute firmware tweaks, ASUS claim the Eee Keyboard – which squeezes in an HD capable nettop and 5-inch touchscreen – was in fact held back while they attempted to define a niche for it to sit in.

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Shuttle Barebone X50 customizable touchscreen all-in-one

Shuttle have announced a barebone version of their X50 all-in-one PC, offering buyers the choice to install the storage and memory they prefer.  The X50 – announced officially back in March – has a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 16:9 resistive touchscreen and Intel’s Atom 330 dual-core processor; in its barebone form it comes devoid of RAM or hard-drive.

 

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Intel Atom D410 and D510 set to replace nettop CPUs from Q4

Intel Atom D410 and D510 set to replace nettop CPUs from Q4

After Wednesday's news that Intel would be launching their new netbook Atom processor, the N450, come October 2009, we've now got word that the company's replacement to their nettop Atom CPUs will also get their launch that same month.  The Intel Atom D410 and D510 will replace the existing Atom 230 and 330 processors.

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Ruvo Mini Cap 7 fanless nettop gets unboxed

Ruvo Mini Cap 7 fanless nettop gets unboxed

The first examples of nettops based on Pegatron's UltraSlim design are showing up, and it's Ruvo with their Mini Cap 7 that's the first to reach reviewers.  UMPC Tips have a photo unboxing of the Intel Atom 230-based mini-desktop, and while it's too early for a full review the initial hands-on feedback is tentatively warm.

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NVIDIA Ion GPU slots into 21 new netbooks & nettops

NVIDIA Ion GPU slots into 21 new netbooks & nettops

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.

 

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ASUS planning Ion B1006 Eee Box; Acer cutting AO751, readying Instant-On

ASUS planning Ion B1006 Eee Box; Acer cutting AO751, readying Instant-On

As you might expect, Computex brings with it not only official news but plenty of rumor, and the first netbook whispers suggest that the segment is growing increasingly competitive.  ASUS - when they're not slapping Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets into Eee PCs - are tipped to be evaluating NVIDIA's Ion GPU for future products, according to industry sources, while they also suggest that the Eee Box B1006 nettop spotted on Friday will use Ion when it launches in Q3 2009.

Acer netbook rumors after the cut

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MSI Wind Box DE200 nettop with ATI graphics

MSI Wind Box DE200 nettop with ATI graphics

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.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1002 and EB1006 with discrete graphics tipped

Two new ASUS Eee Box nettops are in the works, according to listings on the Energy Star website.  The ASUS Eee Box EB1002 and Eee Box EB1006 both use Intel’s Atom 1.66GHz processor, with the former having integrated graphics and the latter an unspecified discrete video card with 128MB of memory. 

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Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

VIA and Shuttle have put together the latter's first SSF (small form factor) PC based on the former's Nano processor.  The Shuttle XS29F pairs the Nano U1700 CPU with VIA's VX800 media system processor, meaning that unlike many nettops the XS29F has both VGA and DVI Dual video outputs.

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Intel Pine Trail next-gen Atom chipset detailed

Intel Pine Trail next-gen Atom chipset detailed

Intel's next-gen Atom platform, Pine Trail, may have been reasonably well known before now, but the CPU manufacturer has just released [PDF link] the first official details about the new netbook and nettop chips.  Expected to reach the market later this year, Pine Trail's biggest change is in integrating the graphics core into the processor, slimming down both the overall size and the platform's power requirements.

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Intel Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks released

Intel Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks released

Intel have released Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks and nettops, the latest version of the company's open-source OS for Atom-based devices.  Mobile v2.0 brings with it a new, visually-enhanced GUI, together with the "m_zone" homescreen, integrated Twitter and Last.fm widgets, and a new integrated browser based on Mozilla's engine.

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ASUS reconfirm Eee Keyboard June launch

ASUS have apparently reconfirmed their plans to launch the Eee Keyboard by the end of June 2009, with an official launch taking place at Computex next month.  The ASUS Eee Keyboard packs an Intel Atom-based nettop PC into a keyboard chassis, pairing it with a 5-inch touchscreen, for lounge use; back in March the company first revealed they were planning a June launch with a $400 price tag.

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