MSI Wind Netron: This is what a "nettop" looks like

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Tiny notebooks became "netbooks". Fine. Now tiny all-in-one desktop machines of the iMac/Dell XPS One pedigree, have become "nettops". MSI, maker of the popular "Wind" netbook, has announced the "Wind Neton" line of nettops, essentially flat panel monitors with little Atom-powered computers inside, perfect for browsing the web and doing basic computing tasks.

Prices will start around $400 and go up depending on screen size, with optional touch screens and operating system choices. The "M16" model has a disc-drive; the sleek "M19" [pictured] does not.

Will the "nettop" terminology stick? It might for a while, but I have a suspicion that within a couple of years we'll just be calling these sort of devices "computers", as the all-in-one PC merges with connected HDTVs.

MSI All-in-One Nettops previewed [Chinese.Engadget.com]

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  1. I’ve been waiting for someone to come up with a name for all-in-one desktops. The word ‘nettop’, though, just doesn’t work for me. It looks like it says ‘nett-op’, which sounds silly.

  2. I’m taking the fact that I find this machine unquantifiably ugly as a sign that the current design trend is old and busted

  3. With as tiny as Atom motherboards are, why don’t they just put them in a standard looking monitor instead of this beastly contraption?!

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