Acer was the first out the gate with an Nvidia Ion-based nettop, which made for a good, small, low power home theatre PC. It had HDMI, flash memory card readers, and of course the ever important GeForce 9400M, but it was a bit lacking in the CPU department.
While all Nvidia Ion platforms lean on the Intel Atom CPU, the original Acer Aspire Revo packed only a single core chip. While such a CPU choice could make sense for a netbook with its smaller thermal envelope, for a nettop we expect the beefier, dual-core Atom.
Acer seems to be making good on our expectations with its upcoming Aspire Revo 3600, which will pack the dual-core Intel Atom 330 on the Nvidia Ion chipset capable of supporting 4 GB of DDR2 RAM.
Acer won't be the only one with an Atom 330-based Nvida Ion nettop, however, as Asus revealed earlier this week its own EeeBox featuring very similar specifications.
I bet an Athlon II stuck at 800mhz speed-stepping would stomp it into the ground while using the same or less electricity.
This is the perfect computer for your mom; a child's room; the kitchen, the basement, etc, especially if you have them connected to a network. That way you can use the server's dvd drive to install programs, which is the only limitation it has.
Also great for skype phone.