MSI has in effect invented a smart personal (standard-def) DVD player. After learning about this device, I tried to imagine where I would use it. The lack of HDMI would take it out of the living room, but it could be hooked up to a standard VGA LCD, to the Internet, and to a bunch of speakers. It could be a dedicated DVD playback device. It could be placed in the kitchen. It could even be mated up with a seven inch touch screen and put in the car.
This, with the netbooks, could be the dim beginning of ubiquitous personal computing. It's certainly cheap enough. In fact, it sort of is a netbook with the keyboard and monitor left out. (It even uses a power brick like a laptop.)
This little PC could be all the computer that some people need, but I can't shake the thought that another $100 or $150 will get a real netbook that's portable and not a lot larger. That netbook wouldn't have Simple Nordic Design, but it just might be far the better value.
That said, it's nice to see a dual-core Atom PC hit the market at such an attractive price, and it's nice to see that it's mainstream OS-capable. Now all we need to figure out is where to use these little boogers.