Just as netbooks have become very popular as low cost replacements for laptop computers, these nettops should become very popular replacing many casual use desktop computers in homes, schools, libraries, cybercafes and offices. If a computer is being used mostly for web browsing and some office applications, then there is no need for a high power desktop computer. The small nettop units will save desk space and reduce security worries. This assumes the units will be priced lower than conventional desktop PCs, just as nettops have been cheaper than laptops. The WindBox is fan-less and while it has provision for a SATA II disk, could operate from solid state flash storage, making a low power and robust unit.
From: Overview, WindBOX, MSI, 2009
CPU Type Intel® Atom™ Processor Processor Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz (TDP 2.5W) Chipset Intel® 945GSE + ICH7M ‧ Memory 1 GB/ 1 x DDR2 SO-DIMM 553/667, up to 1 G ‧ Graphic Engine Intel® GMA 950 3D Graphic Engine Display Port 1 x VGA USB 3 x USB 2.0 Port LAN 1 x Realtek 10/100 LAN WiFi 802.11b/a Audio 2 jacks Mic In; Head Phone Out Antenna 1 x SMA Connector (Optional) Card Reader 3-in-1 (SD/MMC/Memory Stick) Storage 1 x SATA II Application Digital Signage, Thin Client, Low Cost PC Power Source DC 20V,40W Form Factor 180 x 255 x 19 mm, 1.08 Kg Operating Temperature 0°C~35°C Storage Temperature -20°C~80 °C Regulatory Compliance UL, CSA (cUL), TUV, TUV-CB, CE-LVD, CE, FCC Class B, BSMI, VCCI, C-Tick, RoHS Compliant