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New Ion-based desktop from Acer looks kinda cool

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:26 pm    Post subject: New Ion-based desktop from Acer looks kinda cool Reply with quote

Check it out.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/home-theater/?p=622

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/07/acer-launches-first-nvidia-ion-based-nettop-aspirerevo/

I'm still not sure about the Atom, but it looks like an interesting design. It also has HDMI out of the box. I don't see anything on the price though. ZDNet is guessing around the $500 mark. I would rather have one of the new Mac minis at that price, but it still looks like an interesting product. I bet it does well if the reviews are good.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More importantly it is using the nvidia ion GPU which means easily output 1080p!!!!

I wouldn't scoff at the Atom CPU. My Wind has the 1.6Ghz Atom CPU and it runs quite nicely at 1.983Ghz! (I've overclocked it by 24%) It handles regular video playback quite nicely and I almost always have about 8 apps running at any one time with no hiccups.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it comes with the ability to load OSX onto it, I would definitely consider this over another Mini in the living room. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Acer has had some interesting designs in the past with their Altos servers(I should have snagged that one from the bin!). Hopefully this will turn out pretty nice.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it does look nice, but this thing falls short in a few places...

1- Why they went with the single-core Atom 230 instead of the dual core Atom 330, I have no idea.

2- VGA out? What's the point of having a box that can push 1080p, but then be limited to analog output? I guess just to save a few $. Hopefully, they will have options.

This is only the first to be slated for release, so I expect we'll see some better offerings that use the Ion platform by the end of the year. Once you get up into the $500+ range, however, it's hard to compete with the Mac Mini as far as performance goes on a small box like this.

It is sexy though.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aargh-a-Knot wrote:
2- VGA out? What's the point of having a box that can push 1080p, but then be limited to analog output? I guess just to save a few $. Hopefully, they will have options.

I don't get that one either. The HDMI port is great, but they should have gone with DVI over VGA. I just hate using video adapters and stuff. Oh, wait a second now... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
Aargh-a-Knot wrote:
2- VGA out? What's the point of having a box that can push 1080p, but then be limited to analog output? I guess just to save a few $. Hopefully, they will have options.

I don't get that one either. The HDMI port is great, but they should have gone with DVI over VGA. I just hate using video adapters and stuff. Oh, wait a second now... Laughing


Rolling Eyes Doh! I didn't even see that it had an HDMI port. That makes more sense now.
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