MSI NetTop D130 is just so Wall Street

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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.

NetTop D130 [MSI via Gadget Lab]

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10 Responses to MSI NetTop D130 is just so Wall Street

  1. Harrkev says:

    Hmmm. HTPC? I doubt that this thing has room for a tuner card. You are lucky if things this size have room for a single half-height PCI (or PCI-E) card. Not many half-height tuner cards, and a real HTPC is better off with two tuners.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just got an email back from MSI. They said this model is not going to be made available in the United States.

  3. knifie_sp00nie says:

    You don’t need a TV tuner. TV is dead. Streaming is the future. Did you see the Boxee post yesterday?

    All it has to do is connect to the internet or pull files off a NAS. If it can handle modest H.264 decoding I’m sold.

  4. Arthur says:

    for the record, Charlie Sheen DID have a computer in the movie Wall Street. There is an early scene in the film where he is using it in his apartment late some night. If you’re going to reference a movie, you should probably watch it first, no?

  5. strider_mt2k says:

    Actually there is an on board mini PCI express slot on mine that according to the manual is made just for wireless and TV tuner cards.

    -of course I haven’t gone looking for one myself. ;)

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    I’m running an MSI Barebones as a home file/print server. Built it just before Christmas.
    The thing rocks.
    The Barebones was 140.00 dollars, and I added the rest of the components myself:

    2gb RAM, WinXP Pro running from a high performance Compact Flash card, and two hard drives totaling 2TB.

    Inexpensive, flexible, and cleverly designed, I’ve been very impressed with it so far.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Don’t knock the style too much. You get what you pay for.

    Maybe you’d like Apple to make a prettier one and charge you $200 more?

  8. zuzu says:

    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.

    Holy shit! That’s a better deal than the EeeBox / WindBox, isn’t it?

    Physical space isn’t that much of a premium that the difference is worth having only a single-core and $60-100 more. Plus, you get a real 5.25″ optical drive / bay.

    Too bad there’s no built-in UPS, or it’d have the Eee Box 204 completely licked, IMHO.

    Hmmm. HTPC? I doubt that this thing has room for a tuner card. You are lucky if things this size have room for a single half-height PCI (or PCI-E) card. Not many half-height tuner cards, and a real HTPC is better off with two tuners.

    Just get one or more HD HomeRun networked dual-tuner devices.

  9. dculberson says:

    If it wasn’t for the little swoopy thing, I would love it. A plan black box is really timeless.

  10. erikeric says:

    Does anyone know when these are supposed to come out? Or where they can be purchased?

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