Excerpt: When Intel launched the Atom they were late getting to the game, but they knew that they had entered a market that was going to be big. ASUS also saw this as a gold mine; they embarked on a push to utilize this new CPU to their best advantage. The EeePC was born along with what was to become the netbook. We then saw this market branch out to other areas with the nettop, the mini HTPC and more.
ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Atom 330/nVidia ION Motherboard Review
17 August 2010
I have reviewed one other Atom 330/nVidia ION motherboard/CPU setup. I really liked it. The Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe is definitely a step ahead of that one as far as features go, but you do pay for the extra niceties.
Size does matter with this rig, the mITX form factor allows for use of some really small footprint cases.
Pros: Bundled CPU and brick power adapter makes for an extremely cheap build, Onboard WiFi and Bluetooth keep external wires down to a minimum, Use of power adapter allows for a larger number of smaller cases, Large number of audio connections is nice for home theater
Cons: Remote would be nicer if it launched Windows Media Center