Excerpt: Like the netbook, the nettop PC has a cute look to it that makes it easy to envision sitting anywhere from sitting on a desk to next to an HDTV. Asus, the manufacturer that inadvertently started the netbook craze, is betting that there is some longer-term viability to these diminutive PCs. The Asus Eee Box 1501 is one of the few nettops that doubles as a DVD player , but it’s the way it handles all other video that makes it a bit of a conflicted device.
Pros: Sleek and refined design fits any décor, nVidia Ion helps make high-quality video and gaming possible, HDMI output for video, eSATA port for fast external hard drive access, Useful remote included, Windows 7 Media Center provides easy DVR functionality, Can be mounted on the back of a monitor
Cons: Expensive relative to competitors, Can’t handle all HD video, Intel Atom still anemic, Hit-and-miss gaming capabilities, Too much bloatware, No built-in TV tuner