ViewSonic have today launched the VOT 132 nettop, a tiny PC small and light enough to clip onto the back of your flatscreen TV. At just 20cm tall and 500g in weight, it features Nvidia's low-power Ion GeForce 9300 graphics…
Wow. What a picture. Rave budgies in cyberspace. I hope whoever stuck that together in Photoshop is doing okay now and taking things a little easier in rehab.
Ahem. Viewsonic’s releasing an All-in-One PC. It’s called the VPC100, and it’s the first in a line of ‘nettops’ that the company will be releasing. It’s just 3.5cm thick, making it skinnier than a rake on a diet. It’s got a 19″ 16:9 LCD, and all the guts are crammed behind that.
So given how thin it is, the specs must be ‘budget’, right? Well, unfortunately yes. A 160GB hard disk, 1.6GHz Atom processor, and 1GB of RAM. There’s also a card reader, webcam, DVD writer and integrated speakers. It comes with Windows XP, though I’d suggest upgrading to Windows 7 or Ubuntu ASAP.
The VPC100 costs £500, which sounds a little on the steep side, but it really depends on the quality of the display. If it’s a decent screen, then this could be a nice little media streaming device for a location that doesn’t have a main display. It’ll be available Mid-May.
Well, it seems wherever Asus goes, Acer can follow and, with the likes of the 11.6″ Aspire One and the AspireRevo nettop, it looks like they’re doing it better too.
The Revo runs on an Intel Atom 230 processor with the NVIDIA ION graphics processor, the idea being to give it quiet, economic performance but with 10x the graphics power of most small computers. It’ll even run Vista, so I’d recommend Windows 7.
The plan is that you can use it as a media centre for 1080p HD content, for a good degree of gaming, for VoIP use and all backed up by up to 4GB of DDR2 and the choice of a SATA HDD or an SSD.
Click the picture below for a closer look
For anyone wanting a PC with decent specs that’s quiet and small, the Medion AKOYA Nettop PC is worth taking a look at. It won’t break the speed record but is perfectly adequate for general home and Internet usage.
It features the Intel Atom 230 CPU running at 1.6GHz coupled with the Intel 945GC Express chipset and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950.
It has 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive – both quantities could leave you wanting more in the long run but hopefully this is upgradable…
The MSI Windbox isn’t a playground name for part of your anatomy, it’s a nettop – one of those curious machines that is to the desktop what the netbook is to the notebook. The idea, and it’s a good one, is that it’s mounted to the back of your monitor using the VESA mount.
The specs aren’t whopping – an Atom CPU, capacity for 1GB of RAM, VGA-out, 3 USB ports, a card reader, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and space for a 2.5″ hard drive. You’ll need to add your own RAM and storage to the proceedings, as well as an operating system of some sort. It’s rumoured to cost $250, which is £182 or so in real money.