I have had my eye on a nettop for years to put in my entertainment center for watching things like Hulu on the big screen. I'm cheap though and have been waiting for the machines to get cheaper before I buy one. A new nettop from Asus has been detailed and it sounds really good. The thing is called the Asus S1-AT5NM10E and it is a small rig that packs in NVIDIA Ion2 hardware.
The machine has a WiFi adapter, Bluetooth, IR remote control sensor, and a memory card reader. It also packs in a pair of USB 3.0 port for speedy backups and media transmission and Firewire. It's been a while since I have seen Firewire on a machine in my house, I would rather see eSATA. The machine doesn't ship with a MCE remote control. The nettop can be powered on and off using the remote if you add one.
The hard specs of the little beastie include an Atom D525 CPU, Ion2 graphics, Intel NM10 chipset, 4GB of RAM max with a pair of SODIMM slots and the machine has a single mini PCIe slot that is packed with the WiFi/Bluetooth card. The nettop has 7.1channel HD sound and has four USB 2.0 ports along with the pair of USB 3.0 ports. Video outputs include HDMI and VGA out and the little rig has an optical drive. Pricing and availability are the only key specs we don't know.
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