The Viewsonic VOT 132 is the top of the range model from their latest nettop line up. The ViewSonic 132 is made a lot more interesting than most netbooks on the market as it feature Nvidia Ion graphics and a dual core Atom CPU.
The Nvidia Ion chipset / graphics gives the Viewsonic VOT 132 more than enough power to decode and playback 1080p HD videos and output them to your display / HDTV via HDMI output.
When the first Ion powered netbooks such as the Aspire Revo came onto the market, it received good reviews, but many people wished it has a dual core processor. Viewsonic must have taken note of this and installed the Intel Atom 330 Dual Core CPU along side the Ion graphics. This gives the nettop better overall speed, and helps to decode HD flash videos, which are currently decoded by the CPU.
The Viewsonic VOT 132 is a sleek well designed nettop, which can be fixed to the back of your LCD monitor or HDTV via a vesa mount. It also features 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11n WiFi and Windows 7 Home Premium.
The VOT 132 is a great candidate for use as a HTPC, and Windows 7 features the latest version of Windows Media Center. Bit-tech reviewed the VOT 132 and were impressed with it, saying that it is surprisingly capable and compact, offering a big improvement to the netbook market. They did say that the cooling fan was intrusive, which might be a problem if you were planning on using it as a home theater PC.
The Viewsonic VOT 132 is available from Amazon for $469.