Atom-powered Eee Top rivals.
It’s not really hard to guess what MSI’s Neton systems are set to compete with. It was pretty much inevitable that a rival to Asus’ Eee Top would emerge at some point – it was only ever a matter of time, really.
Unlike the Titan 700, the most recent prior MSI small form factor desktop solution, the Neton series doesn’t sport a horribly underpowered VIA C7 CPU, but instead opts for either single- or dual-core Atom chips.
Size and resolution-wise the range comprises the 15.6in, 1,366 x 768 M16, the 18.5in and likewise 1,366 x 768 M19 and the range-topping 22in, 1,920 x 1,080 M22. The foremost of these packs all its components into a box sitting under the screen, while the latter two but the bulk of the system being the panel. Apparently all three screens are touch-sensitive too – again just like the Eee Top.
The top end M22 with its Full HD screen has the option of a Blu-ray drive but unless MSI’s nettop is using a chipset that supports HD decoding, I can’t see playback being possible. Not that I don’t expect MSI to have thought of that.
UK release information isn’t available yet, but in Japan the M19 will be coming out in January, the M16 in February and the M22 last in March. Pricing? Well, we’ll just have to wait, see, and then be entirely ununsurprised when MSI’s Neton’s predictably cost a similar amount to Asus’ Eee Top.