HP Compaq mini-Q nettopHP is cashing in on the nettop craze we’ve been hearing so much about lately. Basically a nettop is to a desktop computer what a netbook is to a laptop. Nettops are generally cheaper, smaller, and less powerful than your typical desktop PC. But they’re good for computer buyers on a budget, or people looking for a low power machine that will help save a few bucks on the electric bill.

HP unveiled its new Compaq mini-Q line of nettops in Taiwan this week. The mini-Q 2030 packs a dual core Intel Atom 330 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB, 7200rpm HDD, a dual-layer DVD burner, and Windows Vista. It will cost about 12,900NT or $386 US. Or for about $90 less, HP is offering the mini-Q 2020 which has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 single core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and Windos XP.

Both machines will be available initially in Taiwan, although Isuspect we’ll see them show up in other markets soon.

via Slashgear

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7 replies on “HP launches Intel Atom-powered mini-desktop”

  1. Just wondering, will you also focus this blog on nettops? Because not all liliputing devices are mobile.

    For those devices, would be cool using a small SSD (or a BIOS chip with coreboot (www.coreboot.org)) for the OS, a large HDD for saving big data that should be accesed frequently, a pendrive/portable hdd or a laptop/phone for storing your personal info that you’ll want to access everywhere and a NAS for things you have to share with users of your LAN.

    And last, for the computers in cars, their screens would be placed in the panel behind the steering wheel and interpretate all the commands of the car (such like the acconditionated air, the turning lights, the music and video player, etc. except the things used to driving, like the pedals and the steering wheel)

  2. I have to agree with lorne greene. You can get much more for the same or less money. This just doesn’t make sense.

  3. Sounds like a Mac Mini!!!! Hopefully this will push Apple to upgrade the Mac Mini and lower the price a bit…


  4. I get the netbook.
    I use it A LOT every day in many different ways outside the house, not just in the washroom.

    I get the EEE Top because the wife would like one in the kitchen but laughed out loud at the Best Buy guy when he told her the price of the iMac!.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewSFiSwbDUA (why does every german speaking english sound over the top gay? Like the fish on American Dad.)

    Oh yeah…. I dont get touchscreen part of the top. I tried the Touchsmart picture thingie at a store and I felt my shoulder and elbow the same feeling I got from the first week with the Wii::

    And I dont get thel Atom-powered mini-desktop.
    Im not sure what it could do that our netbooks couldnt do. (not to mention that we have a desktop with 4GB ram and 512 video card and 22′ screen sitting quietly in the corner….lonely.)
    The only thing that I could see that would interest me would be size. Something small that I could install out of sight or in the camper….BUT its not small.

    The EEE Box is SMALL. The size of a paperback for $300.
    Perfect for living room, kids room, kitchen, camper or even car.
    It really is a netbook without the screen.

    This things only resemblance to a netbook is that crippled chip.
    This lack of power is a trade off people are willing to make on a netbook because of price, portability and limited usage of a 2nd or 3rd home computer like a netbook which is web based usage.

    But where in the house would I need this underpowered desktop at $386US?

    I checked Futureshop and for 349$ canadian pesos you get an HP tower Pentium Dual-Core 2.4GHz w.4GB ram, nvidia 128 video card, 500GB HD, DVD superscribe, Vista, card reader, keyboard,mouse.

  5. Does it have an HDMI port? Can it handle 1080i video playback? If so then it might be a good choice for a media center PC. Low power, quiet, cheap, all good things.

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