Stylish Ion2 nettop for HTPC


Habey offers a stylish nVidia Ion2 based nettop just for $260! It sports Intel dual-core 1.66GHz Atom D510 processor and nVidia Ion2 graphic, which allows 1080p video playback. Also the nettop has two bays for 2.5″ HDDs, two mini PCI Express slots, HDMI port, VGA port, S/PDIF optical digital output, gigabit Ethernet, a few USB ports and internal COM one.

I like minimalistic design of Habey’s nettop and its price. But two things I don’t like when I’m thinking to use it as HTPC – lack built-in IR receiver and small fan on the GPU which should definitely makes noise. And while the first problem can be easily solved by using external IR receiver of RF remote control with USB dongle, the reduce noise will be very difficult.

Zotac announced Ion 2 based nettop

Zotac's ZBOX HD-ID11

Zotac announced its new nettop ZBOX HD-ID11 based on the nVidia Ion 2 graphic platform. The rest spec includes a dual-core 1.66GHz Atom D510 CPU, HDMI 1.3a, six USB ports, integrated 802.11n WiFi, dual-link DVI, and a 6-in-1 media card reader. The box supports Full HD and offers flawless Flash 10.1 playback as well, thanks to powerful 16 cores GeForce G210 GPU. And the price is very attractive – $209.99 only for the barebone version in US! Hope that European version won’t be much more expensive.

[via Engadget]

Shuttle announced the first Ion2 nettop

Shuttle  XS35 P

It seems that Shuttle produces the first Ion2 based nettop. The only 3.3cm thick XS35 has enough power to playback Full HD media content. It sports Intel Atom D510 processor at 1.6GHz and includes HDMI out, five USB ports, VGA out, LAN port, memory card reader, 2.5″ HDD, and an optical drive. The Shuttle SFF XS35 looks nice to be near TV and it’s a compact enough for VESA mounting behind TV.

The Shuttle SFF XS35 will be available in Q2 2010 at an undisclosed price.

[via SlashGear]

New Ion based nettops from AsRock

ASRock Ion nettop

AsRock is going to release a three new Ion based nettops: Ion 330HT, Ion 330Pro and Ion 330HT-BD. They will ship with a dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 7.1 channel audio, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI / VGA outputs, six USB 2.0 sockets and a powered eSATA port. The Ion 330Pro sports DVD RW drive and Ion 330HT-BD – Blu-ray. Both models are equiped with MCE remote controls (not sure with one IR or RF) which is very helpful in case of using those nettops as HTPC (in my mind this is their primary purpose).

The is no any information about availability and price. But I don’t think that AsRock will delay with release. I though to buy AsRock Ion 330 sometime ago. But I found in some review information about noisy fan on the back of nettop. So, I decided to build Ion HTPC by myself. Will post about it soon. Stay tune!

nVidia Ion nettop into vase

ECS vase nettop

Interesting nettop was demonstrated on the Computex Taipei 2009 by ECS. Except nVidia Ion graphic the elegant vase contains 1GB of RAM, a 2.5-inch HDD and a Blu-ray drive. There are a couple of USB ports, Ethernet and HDMI out on its bottom. Such uncommon form-factor definitely will enjoy wide popularity when it’ll be in production.

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