The new ASUS models from Computex keep on coming, and latest to be spotted are a pair of new Eee Top touchscreen all-in-ones and a 3G-enabled version of the Eee PC 1005HA, the 1005HGo. The two desktops are the Eee Top ET2203T and the Eee Top ET2202T, and while they ostensibly look similar their specifications are surprisingly diverse.
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.
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
Lenovo have announced the IdeaPad S12, the first netbook to offer NVIDIA's Ion GPU. A 12.1-inch model, the S12 pairs the 1080p-capable Ion chipset with an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 160/250/320GB hard-drive options. As well as the usual VGA output, there's also an HDMI port.
Video demos after the cut
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.
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.
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
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.
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".