Nettops are meant to be the stationary version of netbooks – relatively low-powered computing devices which has enough juice to get the job done where standard computing tasks are concerned, but then they aren’t powerful enough to handle games in high resolution. Well, MSI aims to buck the trend this time around with the WindBOX III – while it isn’t exactly a nettop since it does not rely on an Atom processor but a Core 2 Duo (from Intel as well, of course), it packs more of a punch than usual. Coupled with an Intel GS45 and ICH9M chipset alongside GMA 4500 graphics, it is more than able to handle 1080p HD video playback without missing a beat. Other features also include DirectX10 graphics, DVI and HDMI outputs, a half dozen USB ports, two powered COM ports and a couple of internal mini PCIe slots. Connectivity-wise, you get integrated 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth support alongside up to 4GB of RAM if performance in a small package is what you’re looking for. No idea on pricing though.
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