All-in-one MSI nettop looks like old Apple Cinema Display

— 5:10 PM on March 31, 2009

Now that netbook makers have product lines covering almost every possible permutation of components under their belts, they seem to be switching gears and taking a stab at all-in-one nettops. Asus did it with its Eee Top ET1602, which hit U.S. shores earlier this month, and now MSI has followed suit with the launch of its new Wind Top AE1900.

The Wind Top AE1900 looks like a cross between its Asus cousin and old-school Apple Cinema Displays. MSI has outfitted it with an 18.5" touch-screen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a WSXGA resolution—which, if I'm not mistaken, works out to 1366x768. The display also has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and 160° viewing angles.

Beneath it, MSI has stuffed a 1.6GHz Atom 230 processor, a couple of gigs of DDR2 memory, a 160GB mechanical hard drive, a DVD "Super-Multi" drive, and an 802.11n Wi-Fi networking module. Much like Asus, the company also seems to have worked hard to keep the system quiet: it states in the launch announcement, "noise level will never exceed 26 decibels."

Unfortunately, MSI doesn't mention availability or pricing. Considering how the Wind Top compares with the Eee Top ET1602, though, you can probably expect a price tag at or above the $600 mark.

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