I've been keeping up with the experiences and problems people have been having with low-cost nettops and Boxee. Most of the issues seem to be based around the fact that the Intel Atom just doesn't have enough horsepower to give enough headroom for the more power-hungry features of Boxee like HD streaming Flash playback and sometimes 1080p local file playback.
I saw this review yesterday over at the Tech Report and thought I'd just throw it out there. http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/19507
The big takeaway for me is that it's very, very similar to the other nettops people have been using here like the Revos, but it uses a 1.2Ghz dual-core Celeron SU2300 CPU, which is based upon the Core 2 Duo architecture. This architecture is FAR more robust than that of Atom's.
Also, the video chipset is basically a re-branded Geforce 9300, which is more than capable of offloading the decoding tasks for local video playback and HD Flash streaming, with Techreport citing 0-8% processor usage for 1080p h.264 local playback in Windows Media Player and 40-51% CPU usage for 1080p streaming YouTube playback from within Firefox with Flash 10.1.
Anyway, I thought I'd just give people a heads up on this because I've seen the topic of low-cost Boxee solutions discussed so many times in so many threads, and have yet to encounter an ideal budget solution. This has at least the potential to solve that problem.
It's supposed to go on sale next month (September 2010) and retail for about $270. Might be a great alternative to the Boxee Box for those who want to be able to access a full desktop operating system along with the Boxee front end.
If anyone decides to grab one of these, please let us forum dwellers know how it performs with Boxee!