What’s in YOUR media PC (or “kicking Dell in the teeth”)

At CeBIT yesterday, nVidia announced new ION chips (the news is all over so I won’t bother with links to the stories). The great thing is Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Zotac are all on board. In fact, Zotac has a new box (Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11) that’s outfitted with the new chipset. Many people have opted for the more expensive Dell Zino which, while consuming more power (50W vs 25W is what I hear), also can handle 1080p Blu-ray fairly easily. But that power comes at a price. In pricing systems myself, I found the Acer Aspire Revo R3610-U9022 for less than $350, the Zotac MAG MAGHD-ND01-U for about $300 (without operating system) and a well-outfitted Dell Zino for about $500, depending on CPU, memory and video options. Granted, the Dell includes a DVD drive and, like I said, more powerful CPUs and video options but I question how much of that you’ll really need, especially if you use the PC for music and video only (and no gaming).

Granted, these are in user’s hands yet and I haven’t seen any reviews but it’s something to consider. It’ll be interesting when these things start rolling out.

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