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VIA ARTiGo A1100 nettop reviewed

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 | Via Nettops with No Comments »

VIA ARTiGo A1100 nettop

SlashGear has posted a review of the ARTiGO A1100, and unlike most of its nettop competition powered by Intel Atom, this little nettop, predictably uses a VIA Nano processor.  The A1100 is relatively low cost for a nettop, can you can get one for about $230, but that’s barebones (ie. that price doesn’t include the memory, hard drive, operating system, or optional WiFi.)

According to SlashGear the computer was able to handle 720p HD video playback, but struggled with 1080p video but it also only supports hardware acceleration for Windows Media Player, not VLC or other media software. It also had a hard time multitasking, and a bug prevented it from using the HDMI output as the default, which means you’ll need to have a VGA monitor or TV handy if you want to boot the computer — even if you then plan to switch over to an HDMI connection manually.

You can find more details at SlashGear.

VIA’s ARTiGO A1100 is the DIY Nettop

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 | Via Nettops with No Comments »

VIA Artigo A1100 Nettop DIY

Like Nettops and building your own PC?  Well, you’re in luck – says VIA.  The VIA ARTiGO A1100 is a neat little do-it-yourself nettop powered by VIA’s 1.2GHz  Nano processor and paired up with the VX855 media processor, which we know can handle 1080p video playback.  VGA and HDMI video outputs are standard (on the back) as well as gigabit Ethernet, five USB ports, and optional 802.11b/g. VIA is calling this the “smallest full featured PC kit available today” and we’re inclined to agree. At $243 ($199 if you’re one of the first 10 to order) it’s priced well t0o.

So how is it DIY?  Well, while the processor, pico-atx mainboard, chassis, and graphics processor, you’ll be on the hook for adding memory, a hard dive and an OS. Of course you can (and probably will want to) add wireless modules and card readers as well.

Check it out at VIA’s site here.