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MSI has begun shipping its Wind Top AE1900 PC in the US. This all-in-one PC sports an 18.5 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display and comes in two configurations:
- AE1900-01SUS (white)/AE1900-09SUS (black): 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 single core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive
- AE1900-05SUS (white)/AE1900-10SUS (black): 1.6GHz Intel Atom 330 dual core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive
Both models have 802.11b/g/n WiFi and a tray-loading super multi DVD burner. They also have integrated Intel GMA950 graphics, which means they’ll stink at full-screen Flash video from web sites like Hulu.
You can pick up the AE1900-01SUS single core version from Amazon for $521, or for $599.99 you can snag a dual core AE1900-05SUS model.
Maybe it me but Hulu runs fine on my Sammy…smooth without stutters at the very least. Maybe it running it slow, but if so, it is running at a speed that is smooth and keyed to the audio.
Hulu runs fine on netbooks with 1024 x 600 pixel displays. But try
watching a video in full screen on a netbook or nettop with a 1366 x
768 pixel display and you’ll run into problems.
On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 3:08 PM,
For those asking about Flash performance on a 330, I refer you to Anand Shimpi’s exhaustive testing of the Zotac Ion board:
Its a Dual-Core 330-series Atom with Ion GPU. At 1.6GHz it stutters horribly. Even overclocking it up to 1.92GHz didn’t really make it acceptable.
The only thing I have seen that was encouraging was jkkmobile’s post here:
(around 4:45 into the video)
He installs a Runcore Pro IV SSD into a Dell Mini 10 and is able to get it to play full screen HD flash without issue. Now this netbook apparently can only transfer 60MBps over its SATA interface, yet it still can handle HD Flash fullscreen. And this is a single core Z530 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and the usual crappy Intel GMA500 GPU.
So if you can afford it, it appears that a fast SSD can relieve your CPU of enough load/latency that you can do this.
It’s a pity Adobe doesn’t get Flash sorted out. There’s more than enough processing power available to play full screen videos using other codecs and hardware-accelerated output (overlay/directx/opengl). H264 standard definition videos aren’t that processor-intensive when decoded with a *good* decoder. And why, now that sensible cross-platform interfaces to graphics hardware exist, is Flash still so reliant on doing so much of the display side of things in software?
I hope the new collaboration between Adobe and Nvidia/Broadcom results in a few improvements.
P.S. typo check: “dingle core CPU” (sounds kind of cute)
Hah, thanks! I suppose a dingle core would be something between a
single and dual…
I see they’ve done one better than Asus, and not got a three-year old’s hand to demo their latest kit, but a ghost.
Looks nice. Odd they didn’t use wireless keyboard/mouse in the promo picture, but whatever.
Personally I’d be most interested in this as a touchscreen kitchen family computer. Meaning, I’ll almost certainly be waiting until Windows 7 is released. Also have the general sense that while it COULD do what I want to do with it (traffic, weather, music, group calendaring, sticky notes, contacts, google maps, lookup phone numbers, etc), nobody has put in enough time to making all of this work really well on touchscreens yet.
With the right applications and a really well done touch interface, this could be another important market for PCs. We’ll see…
Totally agree! A big iPhone for the kitchen! 🙂
“They also have integrated Intel GMA950 graphics, which means they’ll stink at full-screen Flash video from web sites like Hulu.”
Even the version with Atom 330?
I haven’t had a chance to test an Atom 330 machine myself, but all the reviews I’ve read say that full screen Hulu video on a 1366 x 768 or higher resolution display is still choppy.
I don’t think you should expect a big speed boost from the dual core Atom so much as better support for multitasking.
Tom’s Hardware reviewed the new dual core atom 330 chips and found that performance was not dramatically improved. The operating system will probably be “snappier” when running multiple applications, but full-speed performance of any one application is not going to be faster in most cases. So no Hulu! And no YouTube HD!
Bottom-line: Atom still doesn’t make much sense for a desktop platform. Low-end desktop processors only use a little more total system power and you get twice (or quadruple) the performance. For $30 – $50 more they could be using a new Celeron processor, which are based on the Core and Core 2 architectures.
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