What if you could get a diminutive nettop with a dual-core Atom, Nvidia graphics, and a built-in Blu-ray player? Well, now you can. Sort of. Amazon has put up listings for ION 330HT-BD and ION 330HT nettops from ASRock, and you can order those machines now, even if the lead time looks to be one to four months.
Still, the little nettops have interesting combinations of hardware. The 330HT-BD, on sale for $588.99, features an Atom 330 CPU, an Nvdia Ion integrated graphics chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB 2.5" hard drive (with room for a secondary 2.5" drive), a Blu-ray combo drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI and VGA display outputs, a powered Serial ATA port, and a Windows Media Center remote.
ASRock quotes sub-26dB noise levels, and it says the system measures only 7.7" x 2.8" x 7.3". The glossy black front bezel should help the ION330HT-BD blend into a home-theater setup, as well. On the flip side, neither ASRock nor Amazon mention a bundled OS, so you'll have to spring for one yourself.
If you happen not to care much for Blu-ray, Amazon also offers the ION 330HT for $458.99. Minus the Blu-ray drive, which ASRock has traded for a DVD "super multi" drive (presumably a burner), that nettop looks to have the exact same specs as its sibling. (Thanks to Engadget for the links.)
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