I’ve never been quite as impressed with the idea of nettops as netbooks. While I value small size, light weight, and power saving features that provide extra battery life in a laptop, those features don’t matter as much to me in a desktop. But if you’ve got a small office space, or want to stick a small computer in a small space (like in your TV cabinet), or just don’t need a computer that consumes 65Watts of power when all you need it to do is surf the web, I supposed a nettop might be the way to go.
Asus and MSI have already released low cost, small form factor nettops that are sort of like desktop versions of the Asus Eee PC or MSI Wind netbooks. Now DigiTimes reports that Acer is preparing to launch a nettop. But unlike Asus and MSI, the Acer computer will likely use an AMD or VIA processor isntead of the seemingly ubiquitous Intel Atom processor.
Acer hasn’t ruled out the Atom CPU altogether. But the chip is in high demand for netbooks from Acer and other computer makers. So it’s possible the company could choose an alternate processor to miniize the imapct on Atom availability.