I have said it a million times since I first laid my eyes on the NVIDIA Ion platform back in January, where are all the Ion netbooks?
There are a few Ion machines available like the Japanese DosPara
machine. Well this week, we get one more Ion-wielding netbook to check out from a company named Point of View. That brand isn’t exactly a household name, but the rig has the right stuff crammed inside and some bright colors on the outside.
The machine is called the Mobii Ion 230
and inside its bright exterior hides an Intel Atom 230 CPU with the Ion platform handling the HD video capabilities. The little machine has a 10.2-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution and LED backlighting. The Ion platform supports 1080p video and offers NVIDIA tech like CUDA and PurevideoHD.
The little rig has an HDMI out as well so you can enjoy that 1080p goodness on your big screen in the living room. Other features include 1GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD. The risk no optical drive considering the rig is a netbook, but it does offer a memory card reader and a standard 6-cell battery. The battery has enough oomph to run the netbook for up to four hours per charge.
The netbook will come in shockingly bright colors including black, red, and lime and should ship within the next few weeks. The big downside is that the standard OS will be Linux, hopefully a Windows option will be available as well. Availability is expected in the next few weeks at about €349 ($AUD606).