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Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Of Viewsonic's new ULV lineup from last week it was the nettops that prompted the most interest.  The Viewsonic VOT 130 and 132 (on the left) and the Viewsonic VOT 120 and 121 (on the right) offer such notable features as NVIDIA Ion (in the VOT 132), a magnetically-attached DVD drive (the 13x models) and 1.3GHz CULV processor (the VOT 121).  NetbookNews stopped by for a couple of video hands-on demos with the nettops.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Viewsonic VOT 132 NVIDIA Ion nettop heads new product range

Viewsonic VOT 132 NVIDIA Ion nettop heads new product range

What the world needs now, sang Viewsonic, is Ion, sweet Ion, and so they gave us this.  The Viewsonic VOT 130/132 nettop may look like a pale VHS cassette but it's actually one of the items in the company's new product range, accompanied by two other compact desktops, two netbooks and a PMP.  Of the lot, though, it's the VOT 130/132 that's most interesting, having as it does optional NVIDIA Ion graphics.

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Acer Veriton N260G nettop adds N280 but drops NVIDIA Ion

Acer Veriton N260G nettop adds N280 but drops NVIDIA Ion

In a deeply frustrating move, Acer have released a new version of their Atom-based nettop, addressing one of the key issues we had with the first-gen AspireRevo but then scuppering it in another way.  The Acer Veriton N260G switches the original AspireRevo's mediocre 1.6GHz Atom 230 or 330 processor for a far more welcome 1.66GHz Atom N280, but simultaneously drops the NVIDIA Ion GPU we so admired.

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Intel punish Samsung & Lenovo with pricey Atom over screen transgressions?

Intel punish Samsung & Lenovo with pricey Atom over screen transgressions?

Intel have reportedly punished Samsung and Lenovo by canceling their preferential Atom chip pricing, after the two companies broke Intel's netbook restrictions.  According to industry sources, Samsung are planning an Atom N-series netbook which uses NVIDIA's Ion graphics chipset and an 11.6-inch display - likely the Samsung N510 -  for release later in this month; that goes against Intel's limits on screen size, which the company (along with Microsoft) limit to 10.2-inches or below.

EMTEC G-Box nettop: Ion, they say, but no HDMI

EMTEC G-Box nettop: Ion, they say, but no HDMI

Eagle-eyed nettop watchers will note that we've already seen EMTEC's G-Box quite a few times here on SlashGear, albeit wearing different branding.  Based on Pegatron's reference design, EMTEC say the the G-Box uses NVIDIA's Ion graphics chipset, which would suggest it's a version of the Cape 7, but the VGA rather than HDMI port is more like the lower-powered Ultra Slim.

Video overview after the cut

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