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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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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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