Demo of HP Mini 311 with NVIDIA ION Graphics

Warner Crocker and Kevin Tofel criticized a Forbes reporter’s take on netbooks today. The Forbes guy had a couple of valid points, but he was generally out of touch with the netbook/notebook market.

I like what netbooks have to offer, but they have a lot of limitations that frustrate some users. Graphics performance one such limitations. Now users have the option to buy a netbook that is much more capable in the graphics department.

I met up with some guys from NVIDIA and they let me play with a Mini 311 that’s equipped with ION graphics. The Mini 311 starts at $399 and I’m sure it’ll be down to about $300 this holiday season.

As you can see in the first video you can actually play Call of Duty 4 at low settings.

The Mini 311 can upscale standard definition video on the fly.

And it can transcode video 5-10 times faster than netbooks with integrated graphics.