That headline doesn’t sound hugely appealing, if I’m honest, but the Novatech Ion is exactly that — a very cheap desktop PC that utilises processor technology more often found in ultra-portable notebook PCs.
Claiming the Ion to be the lowest cost 17-inch widescreen PC on the UK market, Novatech uses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 160GB hard drive, 1GB of memory, a DVD burner, 5.1-channel audio, and DirectX 9 Intel graphics.
It comes with Windows XP installed, given that Vista is (a) more of a resource hog and (b) crap. It won’t satisfy hardcore gamers or power users, but as a budget family PC it may well be worth a look.
It only uses around 40W of electricity during normal operation, so running costs are reduced too.
How much for the Ion? Just £209 including delivery. That’d almost be a stocking filler, except the monitor wouldn’t fit in.