The Sweet Little Intel Atom
by Dave Alm
Super efficient, cost effective, cute! The new Intel Atoms come on a 6.75" square motherboard, also made by Intel. With their low power consumption, an amazing eight watts(!), they are very economical, very green.
The new N330 Dual-Core Atoms make for a zippy-feeling computer that is up to most office workstation needs. The small size of the motherboard and low heat output allow it to be put into a small box without fear of early death due to high internal case temps.
Though video processing, CAD, and serious photo editing may be a little too much, Micrtosoft Office, QuickBooks, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Ebay are all easy lifting for this little comuter that could. They also make a nice MediaCenter PC. Run Windows XP, Vista (boo, hiss), and Windows 7 handily.
If you are in the market for new workstations that won't break the bank, check out the specs and price on the new cute little Atom.