acer-ion-nettopAcer is reportedly developing a nettop computer that will make use of NVIDIA’s Ion platform to bundle a low power Intel Atom CPU with a high(er) performance NVIDIA graphics chip. The result should be a low profile, low power computer capable of handling modern video games or 1080p video.

These nettop computers are sort of like netbookks without displays or keyboards. As you can see from the picture, the Acer machine would actually be able to attach to the back of a standard LCD monitor. In theory, there’s nothing preventing Acer or another company from using the Ion platform in a laptop-style computer. It would probably drive up the price a bit and the GPU will take its toll on battery life. But with many netbooks now providing 5+ hours of run time on a charge, I imagine plenty of customers would be willing to lose a little battery life in exchange for improved graphics performance.

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