Just a couple of weeks after the launch of the world’s first netbook using hybrid storage, MSI has launched the company’s first dual-core nettop. The MSI NetTop D130 is based around Intel’s dual-core Atom 330 processor and 2GB of DDR2 memory.
In keeping with this week’s theme of super small computers packing specs that are a little bit unusual, the D130 includes a built-in Super-Multi DVD burner and 7.1-channel surround sound output. That said, the D130 doesn't lose out on what the Wind line is famous for -- low-power computing. Considering its reputation for reducing power consumption, this latest addition to the line uses the same “ultra energy-saving" power design, which means it can save up to 90 percent on electricity over a traditional tower PC. MSI puts the full speed operation of the Wind D130 at 35W.
MSI is marketing this as a sort of replacement or alternative to a standalone DVD player. The company emphasizes how easy it would be to hook this up to your LCD in your living room and pushes the advantage of the DVD drive for playing movies. That said, we think it'll all depend on how much this thing costs. There's no point replacing a perfectly good existing DVD player or even DivX-enabled games console with something that's not as cost effective.
North American pricing is unknown, though expect it to be at least in the low $200-range. We also don’t know whether it will be available in Europe, but we'll let you know once all the nitty gritty details are released.
I paid a total of $288.45 after shipping the parts. Looks to be a pretty solid machine for basic tasks. It is pretty snazzy looking in black and a perfect perch for your LCD Stand. I doubt the unit in the article will ship with anything bigger than a 250GB hard drive, probably 512 or 1GB ram, and a Linux Distro. Probably worth buying in any case if it's in the $250.00 range as it can easily be repurposed. Perfect Home Server, web browsing, email, office type tasks. I would buy another one if I can get it for cheaper with a duel core.
Dual cores: I like to think 1 core goes to background stuff like keeping the OS doing its usual thing, and the other core goes to my app. no waiting for processor time like back in the days of single cores, god do you remember that, all that context switching.
Thanks toms for letting us know;I'm into finding a small lowpower perhaps Atom based system; which if possible could be paired with a 4500 series videocard from AMD/ATI; for occasional gaming.
The majority of the time I need it for download client, chatroom client, webserver, and perhaps some office applications,mails etc...
Preferably not to heat my house.