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LG Reveals Tiny, Sexy, Wii Inspired ION Nettop

Gordon Kelly


LG Reveals Tiny, Sexy, Wii Inspired ION Nettop

This could be the sexiest nettop yet...

LG has thrown its hand into this fast developing sector which has already seen the Eee Box, Acer Revo and rather similar Emtec GBox and done the sensible thing: thrown an nVidia ION chipset inside.

The result is the 'Xpion X30' and, silly names apart, no one is laughing at the svelte dimensions of 148 x 105mm and 1.1Kg weight, nor its ability to play back Full HD 1080p video, especially when connected directly to an HDTV over its handy HDMI port. VESA mounts also mean the dinky nettop can be attached to the back of your TV - if it isn't already attached to the wall.

Elsewhere things are a little more predictable with an Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz processor, 2GB or DDR2 RAM and a 250GB HDD. Windows Vista Home Basic is installed, but you want to get that off asap and put Windows 7 on instead. WiFi isn't mentioned, but is usually a cert on these devices (in fact it's such a cert we'll just say it's there).

The snag: so far the Xpion X30 is only confirmed for Korea. It will launch next month though so I suspect LG will soon get pretty positive market feedback, meaning either an international launch or for something very similar to land on our shores before long.

2009 really has been excellent for the netbook and nettop sectors. Who else can't wait to see what 2010 brings...?


via Akihabara


September 18, 2009, 11:37 am

Nice. Pity they didn't spring for the dual core 300 series Atom, or better yet, a CULV C2D...


September 18, 2009, 1:39 pm

Hoping eventually one of these manufacturers will kit it out with a freeview+ decoder and remote as standard then we will have at last a proper media pc.

Interesting article on wired http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab... as to why Apple has never done the obvious with Apple TV - sounds a lot to me like when Sony refused to do the obvious and move to hdd mp3 players persisting with MiniDisc and leaving the field to Apple.......


September 18, 2009, 4:07 pm

@timple I couldn't agree more. When these things cost £250, come with dual turners, 750 gig upwards harddisks and ION2 ;) everyone will want to own one. So long as they can keep the power consumption low they have the potential to be huge


September 19, 2009, 11:33 pm

VESA mounts are mentioned in the article, to attach nettops to the back of TVs. I tried googleing them but their website wasn't very useful. Do these work for a range of nettops on a range of tvs or are they specific?


September 20, 2009, 1:17 am

@asanka - VESA is the industry standard mounts on the back of (virtually) every flat panel TV so it can can be wall mounted. That way all wall mount manufacturers can make their products to a standard size knowing it will fit any TV on the market.

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