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Acer Aspire One 532G netbook packs Ion 2 GPU

Acer Aspire One 532G netbook packs Ion 2 GPU

We stopped by Acer at MWC 2010 to check out their latest Android smartphones, and came across the Aspire One 532G, the company's first Full HD compliant netbook. While Acer aren't making a song & dance about it, the AO532G is in fact the first netbook to use NVIDIA's Ion 2 meaning it's capable of 1080p output via HDMI. However the Ion 2 GPU is switchable, using NVIDIA's latest Optimus technology, balancing graphics power against battery life.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 was already standing out as a potentially decent HTPC, and the company have added another feather in its metaphorical cap by apparently introducing a Blu-ray version.  Announced back in October 2009 with Intel's Atom 330 CPU, NVIDIA Ion graphics and a slot-loading DVD burner, the new Eee Box EB1501-Bo367 with Blu-ray is now showing up with several European online retailers.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA haven't held back recently with their Ion 2 news, but it's good to see the company reconfirming their plans to launch a Pine Trail-compatible version of the graphics chipset and attach a date to its roll-out.  As we heard before, the new Ion 2 for Intel Pine Trail will be a standalone GPU rather than the combined Northbridge/GPU chipset as offered for the current Intel Atom models, and it's arriving in Q1 2010.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 launch delayed at manufacturer request

NVIDIA Ion 2 launch delayed at manufacturer request

NVIDIA have officially confirmed that the next-gen "Ion 2" (not the final name) graphics chipset is in the works, but it won't be arriving quite as soon as many had hoped.  The company told Fudzilla that the Ion 2 won't see an official launch until later in Q1 2010, as opposed to the Q4 2009 unveil we'd expected; that's apparently because hardware manufacturers want to milk a few more sales out of first-gen Ion devices before the new chip arrives.

ASUS Eee PC 1201N gets twin reviews: capable crossover ultraportable

ASUS Eee PC 1201N gets twin reviews: capable crossover ultraportable

You wait for one ASUS Eee PC 1201N review and along come two at once.  After delivering some reasonable graphics benchmarks last week, the Ion-toting 12.1-inch netbook has been put through its paces at both Noti and Blogeee and the overall impression is of a segment-bridging machine.  Not quite a netbook and not quite a "proper" ultraportable, the 1201N delivers much of the usability you'd hope for together with strong HD performance, with only a few build quality issues leaving cause for concern.

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Atom D510 and D410 CPUs get early benchmarks

Atom D510 and D410 CPUs get early benchmarks

Given the number of systems that you find Intel's Atom processors in these days, it's hardly surprising that expectations for the next-gen range are so high.  German site CarTFT have apparently had early access to some Atom D510 and D410 chips (the nettop versions), and have run the inevitable comparison benchmarks [pdf link] with some of the current models in the mixture too.  We're only partially surprised by the end-result: there's a small improvement over the current-gen chips, but an Atom 330 based 'board with NVIDIA's Ion still holds its own.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501 up for $479 US preorder

ASUS Eee Box EB1501 up for $479 US preorder

ASUS' Ion-packing Eee Box, the EB1501, has finally gone up for pre-order in the US.  Priced at $479 at Amazon, the compact nettop uses Intel's dual-core Atom 330 processor along with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard-drive, WiFi b/g/n and an HDMI output.  Unlike most other nettops we've seen, the EB1501 also squeezes in a slot-loading DVD burner.

Boxee Beta announced: faster performance & tweaked GUI

Boxee Beta announced: faster performance & tweaked GUI

Boxee have announced the new beta of their media center software.  Among the changes include a new homepage, with clearer menu options together with a recommendations pane showing suggestions from Twitter and Facebook, improved handling of files with live searching, and filtering by genre and cost.  The new Boxee beta also combines local and streaming files and organises TV series by episode, while third-party developers can now use OAuth authentication to log into web services.

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