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Pegatron Ultra Slim Atom nettop to use SiS HD graphics not Ion?

Pegatron Ultra Slim Atom nettop to use SiS HD graphics not Ion?

Further details on Pegatron's Intel Atom-based nettop have emerged, courtesy of SiS, and they seem to suggest that the compact PC will not, in fact, use NVIDIA's Ion GPU.  Instead, the Pegatron Ultra Slim Atom Nettop will use the SiS672/968, a low-power chipset that includes high-definition capable graphics and support for two SATA 3Gbps drives.  Pegatron will bundle that with the 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor and up to 2GB of RAM.

 

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ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

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. 

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DignLab AIO A1 thin-bezel Atom touchscreen nettop

DignLab AIO A1 thin-bezel Atom touchscreen nettop

Most of the touchscreen nettops we've seen - ASUS' Eee Top, MSI's Wind Top, etc. - have been physically very similar, so it's nice to see Korean firm DignLab thinking a little differently with their own 19-inch all-in-one.  The DignLab AIO V1 shrinks down its aluminum bezel to super-skinny dimensions, making the Intel Atom-based nettop look more like a digital photo frame than a PC.

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Moneual MiNEW A10 nettop: this is no HTPC

Moneual MiNEW A10 nettop: this is no HTPC

Moneual have announced a new nettop, the MiNEW A10, based on Intel's Atom 230 1.6GHz processor and running Windows XP.  The company is billing the A10 as a basic HTPC, though looking at the specs it's hard to see how: connectivity lacks even an S-Video port to hook up your TV.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 18 2009

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.

MSI Wind Top AE1900 gets opened up

MSI Wind Top AE1900 gets opened up

Photos of an MSI Wind Top AE1900 all-in-one touchscreen nettop prototype have emerged, showing the PC devoid of its rear casing.  Of interest to anyone considering modding their nettop, the images show a somewhat untidy setup but a few areas that could be tackled.

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ASRock ION 330 and Pegatron Cape 7 NVIDIA Ion nettops

ASRock ION 330 and Pegatron Cape 7 NVIDIA Ion nettops

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

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Acer AspireRevo upgrade potential looks good

Acer AspireRevo upgrade potential looks good

Yesterday's review of the Acer AspireRevo nettop might have cast some doubt over its Atom processor while simultaneously praising NVIDIA's Ion GPU chipset, but it didn't really touch on upgrade potential.  Small-form-factor (SFF) computers are usually no-go areas when it comes to most modifications, but bit-tech have discovered there's a surprising amount of room inside the AspireRevo's casing.

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Acer AspireRevo gets reviewed: Ion good, Atom bad

Acer AspireRevo gets reviewed: Ion good, Atom bad

Acer's AspireRevo nettop has been causing ripples since its existence first leaked, bundling a low-power Intel Atom processor with NVIDIA's HD-capable Ion GPU and promising 1080p from something smaller than an external DVD drive.  Engadget have had the diminutive desktop in for review, and describe it as "a tale of two chips".

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Shuttle X 5000TA touchscreen nettop hits Europe

Shuttle X 5000TA touchscreen nettop hits Europe

Shuttle Europe have announced the all-in-one X 5000TA touchscreen nettop, the European version of the of the Shuttle X50, together with their plans to expand the range.  The Shuttle X 5000TA packs a 15.6-inch 1,366 x 768 touchscreen, Intel Atom 330 processor and 1GB of memory, despite measuring just 3.6cm thick.

 

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Acer AspireRevo Ion-nettop demo: Blu-ray 1080p plays perfectly

Acer AspireRevo Ion-nettop demo: Blu-ray 1080p plays perfectly

Acer have been demonstrating their AspireRevo nettop, the compact desktop PC that's the first to use NVIDIA's Ion graphics platform.  Officially launched earlier this month, the Acer AspireRevo happily gobbled up Blu-ray HD video from an external drive, playing it back at 1080p.

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MSI Wind Top AE1900 hits US for $529

MSI Wind Top AE1900 hits US for $529

MSI have finally announced US availability for their touchscreen nettop, the MSI Wind Top AE1900.  First spotted back in February, the Wind Top AE1900 has an 18.5-inch 16:9 aspect touchscreen, Intel Atom processor and up to 250GB of storage.

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