$700 MSI 'nettop' has dual-core Pentium, Nvidia graphics

MSI's latest Wind "nettop" doesn't have the looks or software of Apple's iMac, but it's definitely not far from it in terms of hardware. Unlike previous all-in-one nettops, the new Wind AE2220 features a dual-core Pentium T4300 processor clocked at a peppy 2.1GHz. MSI couples the processor with a GeForce 9300 integrated graphics chipset from Nvidia. Best of all, prices start at only $700.

The base Wind AE2200 configuration also features a 21.5" 1920x1080 display, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a tray-loading DVD burner, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Home Premium. MSI offers a different model that turns the 21.5" display into a multi-touch panel ripe for Windows 7's touch input support.

Folks with a little more cash kicking around can also opt for the high-end AE2220 model, which has a faster, 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo T6600 processor, a 500GB hard drive, and a Blu-ray drive. That last feature is especially noteworthy, since Apple has yet to include Blu-ray drives in any of its systems (despite the popularity of Macs among more affluent users).

MSI tells us Wind AE2220 recommended pricing starts at $750. However, Amazon has already started taking pre-orders for the new Winds, and it offers one of 'em for only $699.99 shipped. The e-tailer also offers the Blu-ray variant for $899.99.

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