There’s something awesome in the literal sense of this MSI NetTop. As in, it fills with awe. How did this design leap hurtling out of the 80’s? Why does MSI think it looks Nordic?
Such questions are better off unanswered. Let’s leave it to Charlie Sorrel of Wired’s Gadget Lab to say all that needs to be said: “If Charlie Sheen had had a computer in the movie Wall Street, this would have been it (although it would have been perched atop a stack of graphic equalizers and spectrum analyzers).”
Suffice to say, MSI ‘s positioning the NetTop D130 as a sort of light HTPC: it’s a dual-core Atom 330 with 2GBs of RAM, a DVD superdrive, a couple HDMI ports, a card reader and a 7.1 surround sound card, all for $240. Congrats to MSI for finally managing to design something even more aesthetically apathetic than the first-generation Wind.