Packard Bell Unveils Nvidia Ion Nettop

Remember Packard Bell? The company’s been out of mindshare for some time now, but it hopes to turn that all around.

The company today launched a new logo with a new tagline, “Puredesire.” It’s all a part of the new reinvigorating after being acquired from Acer. Along with it comes a new product line.

The Acer AspireRevo was the first nettop built off of the Nvidia Ion chipset and it seems that the Packard Bell iMax mini will be the second.

Sadly, the Packard Bell iMax mini is little more than a rebadged AspireRevo, which means the modest Atom N230 along with 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, six USB ports, HDMI and VGA out.

Right now the Nvidia Ion crew is still quite sparse with only the two aforementioned nettops and Lenovo’s just announced S12 netbook being the only backers. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more Nvidia Ion products next week at Computex.

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  • LePhuronn
    Nettops need an internal optical drive. It's not an issue with a netbook because the point is to load it up before you go out and about, but even a simple office-work and browsing unit will need an optical drive in the home, especially given that Ion is supposed to be able to play HD content.

    Terminals in an office have a security benefit from no optical drive, but then do office terminals need Ion?
  • will_chellam
    I have to say, i virtually never use the optical drive on my pc since the advent of usb flashdisks.... all my media and game content is purchased online, and my 8gb usb drive is only exceeded by dvd-dl (expensive discs) and bd-r (not universally compatible)