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Acer AspireRevo Launched

Well, it seems that I am a little slow in cover the nettops.  Newegg recently launched the Acer AspireRevo Nettop for $199.  For $200, you get a decent little computer with the new Nvidia ION graphic chip.


Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz)
1GB DDR2 (rumored to be expandable to 4GB)
160GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
Nvidia ION LE Graphics
Windows XP Home
Card Reader
VGA and HDMI port
USB mouse and keyboard

It’s a nice little package for $200.  Seriously, $200.  Even at that price, the Atom 230 doesn’t even bother me.  I might just buy this little thing for my parents to replace an aging Dell desktop.

Click here to go to the Newegg Product Page.

Intel Atom N450

Intel announced that there will be a new Atom processor to replace the netbook popular Atom N270.  In my opinion, it’s about time.  Sure, they released the Atom Z series.  But that’s just a more efficient N270.  I like the N270, but I always thought it could use a little more power.  On my Eee PC 1000H, running a few tabs in Firefox will give the CPU some trouble.  Flash video requires the majority of the CPU cycles.

Intel Atom Pine Trail

Intel Atom Pine Trail

The new Atom N450 will push the tiny CPU to the 2 GHz range.  That’s a much needed increase for the highly efficient platform.  Future netbooks will benefit greatly.  Along with more power, the new CPU incorporates the GPU and memory controller on one smaller chip.  The new platform, code name “Pine Trail”, will process information more efficiently and increase battery life.  The newer chip will be easier to keep cool and easier to fit into smaller netbooks.

Asus Eee Top

Asus Eee Top

As we move to a more green society, expect a lot from the little Atom.  You can already see it in action in form of nettops.  A nettop is a netbook in a desktop form factor like the Eee Top.  It’s basically an Eee PC with a 15.4 inch touchscreen for $500.  Click here for more details. As for me, I like my Q9650.  It’s fast.

First Ion Based Nettop

I just realized that I bought something completely opposite of a nettop.  A nettop is a netbook but in a desktop form.  They are normally very small PC that can handle your everyday computing needs such as surfing the web, emails, browsing, instant messaging, and light tasks.  Acer is the first PC manufacturer to release a system that utilizes the Nvidia ION GPU.


Intel Atom N230 1.6GHz
Up to 4GB of RAM
Up to 250 GB Hard Drive
4 in 1 card reader
6 USB ports
Nvidia ION GPU

The new Nvidia ION based chipset unlocks more for the lightweight Atom CPU.  Nvidia’s ION chipset instantly makes any nettop capable of outputing 1080p video (Blu-ray).  ION is also DirectX 10 capable meaning you can play some demanding games without the need for a high powered system.  The Acer Aspire Revo is estimated to be priced around $300.  I’m thinking more like $400 – $450.

For most people, this little PC is enough machine for them.  It’s perfect for parents who just emails and children who surfs the web with the occasional game play.  However, for power users (games, video rendering, photo editing, etc), this little capable PC still lacks raw power.  That’s why I bought myself a new Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 system.  If the PC is not a major part of your life, sure, the Acer Aspire Revo is perfect.  It’s small, efficient, and gets the job done…eventually.

Desktop and Nettops

Call me old fashioned, but I still like a desktop to do my work.  I’ve notice that laptops are taking over.  But I’m interested in raw power.  You can’t get that from a laptop without a giant fan installed to cool the tight spaces.  Which is why I will focus on the nettop.

There’s no point in owning a nettop.  A nettop is basically a desktop version of a netbook.  It’s small, quiet, and powered by an Intel Atom cpu.  It costs about the same a netbook.  So if you are going to buy a nettop, get a netbook.  At least you’ll be portable.  The only advantage you might have with a nettop over a netbook is that you might get a touchscreen…a really small one.  If you’re looking for a desktop, get a real desktop.

New Nettop Platform – Nvidia ION

A net top is a net book (the one word net-book is trademarkd) but for the desktop.  They are small form factor desktop computers that are very capable.  Some people integrate these small form factor computers into their cars for audio/video duties.  But rarely do I get excited about a new platform.  The last one was the Intel Core i7.  I’ve been disappointed due to it’s high price and only Dell offers it.  Long story…

Anyways, the other day, I was researching Dual Core Atom based desktops.  The dual core CPU might give that extra oomph that I’ve been looking for.  Nvidia is planning on releasing their new ION platform.  Basically it’s a 4 inch by 3 inch motherboard that has an Intel Atom CPU and an Nvidia 9400 M GPU.  I’ll post more details when I find out, but here are some specs and pics.

CPU: Atom 330
FSB: 533 Mhz
Memory Type: Single Channel DDR3 1066 SDRAM
Max Memory: 2GB
GPU: GeForce 9400M
HD Video: Yes, full HD Decoder (1080i/p)
Sata: 1 port 3Gbps
Networing: Gigabit
Max Resolution: 2560×1600 dual link DVI
DirectX 10: Yes
Nvidia ION
Nvidia ION
Nvidia ION
Nvidia ION