This ain't your granddaddy's nettop. In fact, one could argue that MSI's new Wind Top AE2010 isn't really a nettop at all, what with its dual-core AMD processor, capable integrated graphics, and pre-installed copy of Vista Home Premium. Then again, the physical design and 20" 1600x900 touch-screen display seem straight out of the all-in-one nettop playbook.
The Wind Top AE2010 carries an Athlon X2 3250e, a part conspicuously absent from AMD's website, although MSI says it runs at 1.5GHz with a 22W power envelope. MSI also includes Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics (with 128MB of "Side Port" DDR3 memory), 4GB of DDR2-533 system RAM, a 320GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, a tray-loading DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, and external Serial ATA.
Users who buy the system before October 22 will be entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 7. Also, MSI talks of a "state-of-the-art cooling system" that "eliminates traditional cooling fan noises and keeps the noise level no more than 26 decibels."
The AE2010 is launching with a $649.99 recommended price tag, which isn't half bad considering the specs. Variants of MSI's own Wind Top AE1900 with dual-core Atom processors are only a hundred bucks less, and they have smaller displays, too.