Averatec intros odd Atom-based all-in-one desktop

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Averatec unwrapped US plans for their new all-in-one desktop, today.  While it was announced in Europe earlier this year, it wasn’t until today that we heard about any US plans for the Atom-based device. 

The new “nettop” carries the following specifications:

  • 1.6GHz Atom processor (single core, not dual core, unfortunately)
  • Intel integrated graphics
  • 1GB RAM (2GB max)
  • 160GB hard drive
  • SuperMulti dual-layer DVD+/-RW
  • 10/100 ethernet
  • 802.11 b/g
  • 18.4″ WXGA display (with the absolutely bizarre 1680×945 resolution)
  • VGA out
  • 5 USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, SD/MMC card reader
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Dimensions: 11.25″ x 8.39″ x 1.50″
  • Weight: 9.0lb

The new all-in-one carries a suggested price of $550.  I find it pretty interesting that Averatec decided to put the Intel Atom into such an expensive device (relatively speaking).  For $600, it’s possibly to get a much faster computer, especially when you’re looking at a desktop and not a netbook.  It’s more difficult to get one with an 18″ LCD, but certainly not impossible.  That being said, the new nettop is pretty stylish and the articulating display allows the computer to be completely mounted on the wall (or possibly in other interesting locales, such as underneath a kitchen cabinet). 

While it’s obvious that you’re not going to be doing much in the way of heavy computing with this computer, or probably even wall mounting it considering other available options, it remains an interesting product that could fill a specific niche.  It would certainly be useful in the kitchen for cooks to look up recipes on, and despite its lesser functionality compared to something like the HP TouchSmart line of computers, could maybe even be used as a home communication center.  At any rate, it’s exciting to see new products come out from small manufacturers since, if nothing else, it forces the big OEMs to innovate.

 

Further reading:

Averatec product page

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