ASRock offers Ion nettops with, without Blu-ray

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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    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    Seems pretty expensive for no OS. Unfortunately I’m ‘not successful’ because I don’t have a way to get free or nearly free OSes through an employer so that actually matters to me.

    • danazar
    • 10 years ago

    Someone may have finally built the perfect HTPC. Sign me up.

    • ew
    • 10 years ago

    Does anyone use more than two of the 5-6 stereo analog outputs on most motherboards? I don’t understand why they all have that. Don’t most 5.1 setups take digital?

      • JoJoBoy
      • 10 years ago

      Yes, I am using 3 right now for my Logitech x-530 and 1 more for my mic. My Logitech Z-5500 use the digital out when they are off duty from the PS3.

      • GodsMadClown
      • 10 years ago

      Does that thing encode surround sound into DTS or Dolby Digital? If not, then that’s why the analog outputs are included.

    • My Johnson
    • 10 years ago

    But can it play -[

    • 5150
    • 10 years ago

    Do they come with DDR2/DDR3 and AGP/PCI Express slots with sockets for Atom and ULCV processors?

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    Yeah but what software will play it? I’m having some trouble playing that mediocre Terminator movie on Blu Ray right now w/ PowerDVD… surely there must be something better than PowerDVD.

      • Corrado
      • 10 years ago

      The ION does hardware decoding of it all, so it should be fine.

      • Kurotetsu
      • 10 years ago

      Media Player Classic – Home Cinema could do it since it can hardware accelerate h.264.

        • FuturePastNow
        • 10 years ago

        MPC-HC can decrypt and play a Blu-ray disc?

          • Kurotetsu
          • 10 years ago

          Oh sure if you have the right software like A–*stranglestabdie*

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 10 years ago

      What kind of trouble are you having? I viewed Spider-Man 3 with the K-lite codec pack and it played fine. I just watched the movie though and didn’t try any ‘extras’. I seem to remember using the media player classic bundled with the distro instead of PowerDVD.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 years ago

        K-lite includes some commercial codecs. It’s not strictly compiled of warez, but a good portion of it is.

          • BiffStroganoffsky
          • 10 years ago

          Ok, I’m using K-****. 😮

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