The Best Nettops Around Right Now

Shailpik
Oct 18, 2009
Updated • Dec 1, 2012
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Nettops are all the rage right now, and with good reason too! For around $330-$400 you can get desktops that will do all the basic things you want to do and they will playback HD videos for you. Here’s news of the latest in nettops plus a roundup of the best nettops that you can get right now.

Aspire Revo Gets Dual Core And Windows 7

Aspire Revo has gotten a new boost in power and is powered by the Atom N330 along with the ION chipset. So now it can do HD video and some basic 3D games. The price is up too though, to $350.

KND Pine Trail Devices Spotted, The K1850 Nettop Looks Good

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Although Intel’s Pine trail – the next generation of Atom CPUs – is not officially out yet, there are signs of its coming soon. Several new models featuring the Pine Trail D510 processor have been spotted, including the K1850 nettop. That actually makes the K1850 the first Pine Trail nettop. It comes with an 18.6inch display, 2GB of RAM, 250GB storage and a DVD drive.

Asus 1501 ION Packing Eee Box Spotted Again

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The elusive Asus 1501 Eee Box has been spotted again, and everyone agrees – it looks pretty good. The build quality looks good, the slot loading drive looks great and the angled mount is a nice touch. Too bad it will start resembling spaghetti as soon as you start connecting all the wire to it.

The Best Ones To Get Right Now

These are all Dual Core Atom 330 models (Except the Mac MINI and FitPC2) with NVIDIA ION providing graphics muscle for crunching HD video.

MSI Wind Nettop CS120

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The MSI Wind CS120 is selling for around $330 and it has everything you need for basic computing tasks and watching HD videos. In fact, the slim, vertical box is perfect for setting down beside your HDTV, especially with the 7.1 channel audio out. Plus I like the fact that it has a slot loading DVD drive.

ASROCK ION 330

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This one has 5.1 channel HD Audio output, DDR2 800MHz RAM (up to 4GB) and a very compact form factor. It uses a 2.5” laptop HDD but gives you 320GB of storage. But here’s the best part – it has built in software overclocking with absolutely no stability issues. So you can crank the Atom 330 all the way up to 2.0GHz. Also, there is something called the ASRock Instant Boot, which is like a super-low power sleep mode that lets you boot to an Internet surfing state in about 3-4 seconds. Pretty cool huh? This one sells for about $350 before rebates. There is also a Blu-ray version if you want to make it your HTPC.

Shuttle X27D

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Selling for about $390, this nettop has won a lot of accolades from all quarters including an editor’s choice award from CNET in April this year. You can easily get the barebone model for about $190 and build it up with components of your choice. It accepts DDR2 533 RAM, 2.5” HDD and has a volume of only 3liters.

Mac Mini (Older models)

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If you want the goodness of Apple’s OS X and want something more powerful than your average Atom-based nettop, this is a really great thing to have. You can get Core 2 Duo machines with 1 to 2GB of RAM for under $300 if you look around. The only problem is that these older models ship with smaller HDDs. But with HDDs prices going so low these days, you can buy a large HDD for the Mac Mini and still stay around $350.

Pssst – just saw one going for $273 at compclasse.

FitPC2

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This one’s all about the size. If you want something that is smaller than a CD and runs in absolute silence, the FitPC2 models are varied but they use the Z series Atom processors and the Poulsbo chipset to decode HD video at, what they claim, has only 20% CPU usage. You can get one for between $250 and just over $400, depending on the configuration. It comes in Linux and Windows versions and there’s one where you can put in your own HDD. If you are planning on a hideaway HTPC or a carpc, this is the perfect way to go. In fact, these nettops are in great favor with car modders.

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  1. Eaglenik said on November 1, 2010 at 12:14 am
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    Thanks for the info Martin, I have been wondering too.

  2. npc said on November 1, 2010 at 12:44 am
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    Second to last paragraph, “There do not…”, is not grammaticality correct.

    1. NGdriver said on November 18, 2010 at 11:52 am
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      You mean grammatically incorrect.

      1. tlk said on November 22, 2010 at 1:53 am
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        lol

  3. fdskjds said on November 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm
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    A thing designed to confuse the user for sure.
    Why they simply don’t merge with the normal download omg?

    1. Martin said on November 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm
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      The core problem with the addition is the lack of information on AMD’s part.

  4. Freddy said on November 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm
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    Is “Catalyst the user panel”, the device drivers, or the combination?

    I have a Celeron motherboard with twin Radeon 9250’s on board, and it’s fine for nearly everything, but has terrible difficulty playing videos, even from the hard drive. I installed the latest “Catalyst” (10-10_xp32_dd_ccc_enu.exe) and the device drivers still say they are from 2006. This may be the best there is for this board, but it’s sure hard to tell.

  5. Jyo said on November 2, 2010 at 7:06 am
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    Freddy: Did you uninstall the old drivers before installing the new one?

    1. Freddy said on November 2, 2010 at 11:31 am
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      Nope. The instructions didn’t ask me to. I suppose it will just use a vanilla Microsoft driver if I do that? And actually boot? So then I can re-run the Catalyst install?

      1. Martin said on November 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm
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        It is probably best to clean all old drivers first and reboot the machine afterwards. Windows usually offers generic drivers. Once the system boots install the ATI Catalyst drivers again to see if it makes a difference.

  6. Bjarne said on November 5, 2010 at 6:23 pm
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    “gives any application access to the Graphics Processing Unit for non-graphical computing” means it’s basically the ATI/AMD version of NVidia’s CUDA which allows the GPU’s processing power to be used for other stuff than graphics, eg. for physics calculations (through PhysX in that case). That can lessen the load on the computer’s CPU

  7. Ron said on November 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm
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    Everything found in AMD Catalyst, plus the OpenCL driver Users can still grab all of the individual AMD Catalyst components as well (which will also include the OpenCL driver as well)

    Highlights of the AMD Catalyst Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Technology Edition 10.10&up Windows release include:
    Introduction of AMD HD3D Technology

    *Blu-ray 3D support

    •This release of AMD Catalyst provides support for Blu-ray 3D playback
    •Requires Blu-ray 3D player software, 3D supported display and 3D Stereoscopic glasses*
    •Supported on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 Series GPUs

    Stereo 3D gaming support

    •This release of AMD Catalyst provides support for Stereo 3D gaming via 3rd party middleware from Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) and iZ3D
    •Requires 3D supported display and 3D Stereoscopic glasses*
    •Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000™ Series and AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series GPUs

    Video accleration for HD WMV video content

    * This release of AMD Catalyst provides video acceleration support for WMV HD (Microsoft video codec) under Windows 7
    * Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products

    Enahnced Dynamic Contrast video controls

    * This release of AMD Catalyst enhances the Dynamic Contrast setting found in the Catalyst Control Center by adding support for histogram based detection

    Information was found on various websites.

  8. EndUser said on November 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm
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    Just adding my 2 pennies, I think the APP drivers helps GPU intensive apps run concurrently without crashing. I have an ATI 5870, the usually (non-APP) 10.11 ATI driver crashes (after a few seconds) when I run a 3d game (CoD Black ops in windowed mode) along with running a flash based (TV stream) on firefox. Symptoms are: Game hangs momentary (which I then am forced to close), flash player crashes and ATI driver recovers from a crash.

    With the APP drivers installed, this concurrent usage of my GPU seem to run both apps smoothly without crashing. Thanks ATI for the new APP drivers. Things work better now. (Mind you I have not exhaustively tested this! Just a
    over an hour of game play while streaming TV). Things use to crash within a few minutes of running the two apps together.

    1. JD said on January 28, 2011 at 11:05 am
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      Thanks for your 2¢. i was wondering abt this and I also have the same gpu and stream on my big screen through it while some other gpu intensive thing on the other. I have noticed , though when i play a bd movie in PowerDVD10 ultra player now my gpu shows zero use through out the whole movie. not sure if it is connected and cyberlink corp can not respond to this adequately at all. so far they dont know what i am saying. I use afterburner 2.0 and have the graph showing gpu use and fps and it works . non blu ray dvd show action and appropriate fps60 or 24 depending how i have it set. so it works. i usually use my stand alone blu ray player but i sometimes just keep the one in my computer active and check to see if things are correct and since adding the APP drivers i notice this anomaly, if it is unusual. i would have thought the gpu would be more active for blu ray play back, no more since adding APP but getting 0fps and 0% activity for the whole movie does not seem right. no comments from amd or cyberlinnk so far

  9. Christopher said on December 2, 2010 at 5:17 am
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    Is there any program or games to day that use
    Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Technology

  10. Anonymous said on December 4, 2010 at 3:15 am
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    Thanks for the info… was wondering why the 2 versions myself. Still don’t know why they just auto update drivers.

  11. Carl said on December 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm
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    So with all these wonderful things that this “APP technology” does the question still remains, why on earth is amd even continuing to release the drivers/catalyst without it?

    1. Loric said on December 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm
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      B/C some people have the i7 with 8 cores and realy dont nead thier GP doing any extra work…. and with 6-12 Gigs of mem running at 1600 mhz the pc screams…

  12. Matias said on December 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm
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    It would be cool if the next version of Photoshop utilized this in order to process renderings faster. That would rock.

  13. Anonymous said on January 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm
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    how do you know that your graphics card is app tho

  14. TerryBear said on March 2, 2011 at 5:51 am
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    CyberLink’s PowerDirector 9 Ultra64 can use this technology. That’s why I came to this discussion.

  15. Tony Wallace said on June 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm
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    Yes , prog CyberLink PowerDirector ..it offers Smart Video Rendering Technology (SVRT), and is optimized for NVIDIA CUDA technology, AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing technology, Intel Core family processors, and AMD multi-core central process units.

  16. Anyonio said on August 18, 2023 at 10:30 am
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    Some comments seem to refer to other articles…

  17. Anyonio said on August 18, 2023 at 10:34 am
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    I made the mistake of accepting HP ink subscription package for some months, then I unsuscribed it. A guy told me that so doing HP had remotely changed my all-in-one printer firmware forcing me to use only original ink cartridges.
    Is there any way to revert the firmware to the original one, allowing me to use generic ink cartridges?
    Thank you.

  18. Tom Hawack said on August 18, 2023 at 1:02 pm
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    Not only HP printers by the way : the same shameful practice with the Epson 9900 series printer :

    [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M84u_8hAFzU] on YouTube
    [https://piped.frontendfriendly.xyz/watch?v=M84u_8hAFzU] via this Piped instance.

    They make money with the ink cartridges, it’s almost that they’d offer the printer for free.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 18, 2023 at 1:05 pm
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      EDIT, off-topic : the article on it’s very page as on Ghacks Homepage is shown as having 0 comments …

  19. Clairvaux said on August 18, 2023 at 1:12 pm
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    There seems to be a mix-up : comments relate to another, older article.

    “Launching the subscription-based service HP+, which, as a feature, blocks using third-party ink for the lifetime of the printer, even when customers unsubscribe later on.”

    This is outrageous — just like the rest. I’ll make a good note never to buy HP. Nor ink-jet printers, incidentally. Laser is the way to go.

  20. Mystique said on August 18, 2023 at 3:33 pm
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    Its remarkable how much Printer makers can get away with it. Its as if this is the first time such companies have been caught doing anti-consumer things.

    – Cartridges having very little ink in them on a small sponge.
    – Printers flagging falsely flagging printers for repairs for no reason whilst locking out users.
    – Printers locking out cheaper third party ink.
    – Placing stickers over the USB ports claiming there is none to force people to use ethernet or wifi so the companies can push these so called updates to disable and control your printers.
    – Disabling unrelated parts of your all in one printer.
    – Forced subscriptions.
    – Time bombed hardware.
    – Overly expensive ink.
    – Falsely claiming ink cartridges are empty when they are not.

    The list goes on and on really and yet nobody has done anything about it. Where is Europe on this? Where are the morons that glue themselves to the roads on this or the league against straws.

    There is just no oversight for this reckless industry. They have been getting away with murder for years.
    I’ve seen some people say that it is cheaper to buy a new printer when the included ink cartridges run out and throw the one they have in the trash which says a lot doesn’t it.

    HP is pretty much a known scumbag in the industry but they aren’t the only one, they all do it to one extent or another.

  21. John Wold said on August 18, 2023 at 3:48 pm
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    There seem’s to be an issue with comments.

    This article is about HP all-in-one and the comment count is 0, but there are multiple comments older for an AMD GPU article.

  22. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:38 pm
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    I beg your pardon, the first comment is from year 2010!
    What the hell? :S

  23. Doc Fuddled said on August 18, 2023 at 5:16 pm
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    Being an “old fart”, maybe it is easier for me than others, but I find myself choosing older items over this kind of HP crap. Yesterday’s Caddilac is much more dependable, safer and cheaper to operate than the modern day Tesla.

  24. Gareth Perks said on August 18, 2023 at 6:25 pm
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    Good Lord, November 2010! I think it’s time to forgive HP and move on now some 13 years later. Poor HP. People not letting go of resentment. :-P

  25. John Wold said on August 18, 2023 at 9:35 pm
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    New and old comments are appearing in unrelated articles.

    I’m making this article in the Lenovo Legion Go leaked images, and it will appear in other articles too.

  26. Muhammad Azeem said on August 19, 2023 at 7:16 pm
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    laptops The description underscores how top brands such as HP, Dell, and Asus are making gaming accessible without a hefty price tag. It’s important to prioritize features like speed, memory, graphics, and processing power when selecting a gaming laptop, ensuring an enjoyable gaming experience without overspending.

  27. ɹǝɹɹǝ said on August 25, 2023 at 4:16 pm
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    No idea what “[…] than ever …” is supposed to mean in the title. It looks like it’s missing a word.

  28. John G. said on September 5, 2023 at 4:12 pm
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    :S

  29. David Arandale said on September 5, 2023 at 6:11 pm
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    Why are the comments sections in all of the articles from many years ago???? The comments here are from 2010!!

    1. Seeprime said on September 5, 2023 at 10:40 pm
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      Ghacks has gone way downhill since Martin sold it. The owners don’t give a damn, apparently, as it’s been like this for weeks.

    2. Tom Hawack said on September 6, 2023 at 12:01 am
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      It’s been going for far over a week now. The fact this Comments section is neither fixed nor simply and honestly removed is perhaps relevant of the owner’s plan to let it slowly but surely become obsolete, check if the number of visitors falls as well and if not then remove ‘Comments’ for good, maybe by January 2024.

      I’ve spent many splendid years reading comments, replying, commenting myself here, especially when Ghacks was independent. Comments are so complimentary of articles. End of an era as it seems.

      1. owl said on September 6, 2023 at 2:26 pm
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        @Tom Hawack,

        I feeling so too.
        “M&A” is used regularly by Microsoft as a means of “ruling out rivals”, and Softonic’s acquisition of ghacks.net seems to be no exception. It is very disappointing.
        As is clear from the case of Elon Musk, who acquired Twitter, there are things like locking and deleting comments, authentication systems, etc.
        The future of ghacks is uncertain, and it looks like it will end in tragedy.

        Advances in digital technology are exposing a chaotic and irresistible oppressive reality. Far from being “bright and happy,” the future feels “dark and gloomy” with despair.

      2. John G. said on September 7, 2023 at 8:17 pm
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        Nice and good words by @Tom Hawack, I feel near the same feelings with this site. I arrived here while suffering very bad moments at my life when a good friend of mine died of cancer disease. I can’t barely remember when was my first comment, however I think that I have been here since 2018 if my memory doesn’t fail. Anyway, there have been so many years reading good articles and also reading some good comments by some good users. Now I am starting with my first job as forestal engineer at long extension areas of Spain so I will have very reduced time to read and comment, however I will continue visiting this site to remember the good times. Thanks to you all for your efforts and also for the great patience, over all to @Martin, @Ashwin, @Tom Hawack, @owl, @herman cost, @violetmoon and so many other users! You all are the best! :]

      3. Martin Brinkmann said on September 8, 2023 at 2:33 pm
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        Tom, the issue appears to have been fixed. Terribly sorry that it took this long. Can you please verify? Thank you!

      4. owl said on September 8, 2023 at 11:24 pm
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        @Martin Brinkmann (said on September 8, 2023 at 2:33 pm),

        According to my RSS reader, this reply appears to be directed at @Tom Hawack (ghacks.net/2010/10/31/whats-the-amd-catalyst-accelerated-parallel-processing-app-technology-edition/#comment-4573217).

        I also replied to Martin (ghacks.net/2023/07/24/pokemon-go-routes-not-working-how-to-fix-it/#comment-4573350) in my reply, but I don’t understand that the series of troubles has been fixed.

        In the case where comments on Avast articles (Get Protected the Right Way with Avast Free Antivirus: ghacks.net/2023/08/07/get-protected-the-right-way-with-avast-free-antivirus/) were deleted that I first pointed out to Martin, It It remains disappeared (and nowhere to be found), remaining unchanged.
        And the inconsistency in “association between articles and comments” remains unchanged and incoherent.

        What exactly was “fixed”?

      5. owl said on September 8, 2023 at 11:40 pm
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        @Martin Brinkmann,

        Incidentally, some of the Comments I posted a few days ago remain blocked.
        Example at (ghacks.net/2010/10/31/whats-the-amd-catalyst-accelerated-parallel-processing-app-technology-edition/#comment-4573248),
        and more (ghacks.net/2023/09/02 /microsoft-is-removing-wordpad-from-windows/#comment-4573267).

        I would also like to know why it is blocked.

      6. owl said on September 9, 2023 at 3:37 am
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        @Martin Brinkmann,

        I’m guessing from your most recent article post,
        >> ghacks.net/2023/09/08/google-enables-real-time-checks-in-chromes-safe-browsing-security-feature/#comment-4573399
        the fixed Martin mentioned is that “From future posts, the association with the article will be properly established.”?

        However, is it impossible to fix the association of comments for a large number of articles that occurred during this period (8/15-9/7)?

        If ghacks.net were to leave these messed up associations in their articles, Subscribers who don’t know about these things will be very confused when they see the article.

        And one more thing, what about the disappeared (erased) Comments?

        If all of them have been corrected successfully, it can be said that problem have been “fixed”.

        Regarding the Comment block and the missing Comments, I feel that there is a need for a clear official statement (by Softonic) on paper for ghacks.net subscribers.

      7. owl said on September 9, 2023 at 9:07 am
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        @Martin Brinkmann,

        It was just a while ago,
        The Comment “Thread about HarmonyOS” posted by @Glyde on September 8, 2023 at 8:06 pm is about the article 2023/09/05 “Watch out Windows, you got a new competitor”,
        but it’s linked to Martin’s article 2020/12/26 “How to sum numbers in LibreOffice Calc automatically”.
        > ghacks.net/2020/12/26/how-to-sum-numbers-in-libreoffice-calc-automatically/

        Please correct the links appropriately.
        Regarding the article “Watch out Windows, you got a new competitor”
        > ghacks.net/2023/09/05/harmonyos-pc-vs-windows/

        Note!
        After all, if we don’t fix all the articles with messed up associations, those articles will continue to get messed up. You can’t just leave it alone.

      8. owl said on September 9, 2023 at 9:10 am
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        Note!
        After all, if don’t fix all the articles with messed up associations, those articles will continue to get messed up. Can’t just leave it alone.

    3. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 8:26 am
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      @David Arandale,
      Note: I replied to you on September 6, 2023 at Around 2:30 pm, but it was still remain blocked after more than half a day, so I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and reposted.

      The current ghacks.net is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, ghacks.net has changed in quality.
      >> ghacks.net/2023/09/02/microsoft-is-removing-wordpad-from-windows/#comment-4573130
      Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
      >> ghacks.net/2023/08/31/in-windows-11-the-line-between-legitimate-and-adware-becomes-increasingly-blurred/#comment-4573117
      As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
      >> ghacks.net/2023/09/01/windows-11-development-overview-of-the-august-2023-changes/#comment-4573033

      By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
      RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.
      >> github.com/martinrotter/rssguard#readme

  30. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 12:37 am
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    @Martin Brinkmann,

    Regarding my comments (#comment-4573235, #comment-4573237) before and after the reply to @Tom Hawack (#comment-4573236),
    I posted it around 2:30pm (daytime) German time, but why is it still not showing up even after almost half a day?

  31. Stratovarioos said on September 7, 2023 at 3:33 pm
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    gHacks, fuck off! i’m out.

  32. ilev said on September 7, 2023 at 8:09 pm
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    MediaTek develops its first 3nm chip using TSMC process

  33. John Holmes said on September 17, 2023 at 5:33 am
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    Is this Apple A17 Pro GPU integrated in the up and coming iPhone 15?
    The article and the picture does not make the distinction it being a separate device or integral to the iPhone 15.

  34. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 3:54 pm
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    “leaks”
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    “provides an exciting glimpse into Microsoft’s future plans for its Xbox Series X ecosystem, with a strong emphasis on innovation, design, and immersive gaming experiences”

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