Hexus writes: "Over the past year, we've all become accustomed to the burgeoning netbook market and we know all about increasingly popular low-cost portable systems such as the ASUS Eee PC and MSI Wind.
Nettops, on the other hand, are yet to hit the mainstream and the term itself is yet to become ingrained in many consumers' vocabulary. Defining the term simply, a nettop is to the desktop what a netbook is to the notebook.
In other words, a compact, low-cost, low-power alternative or addition to the traditional desktop PC. Armed with budget hardware such as Intel's Atom processor, a nettop serves basic computing needs such as e-mail access and web-browsing functionality."