The MAG HD-ND01 is a great nettop system, but the question is, does the lilliputian box pack $300 worth of fabulous? At $199 the system would be an absolute steal ($249 also sounds reasonable), but $300 feels a tad high given the hoops most customers will have to jump through to get a functional OS on the system. Alternatively, Zotac could keep the price the same and simply bundle a modest USB 2.0 thumb drive in the box with optional OS images. There are any number of ways the company could improve the HD-ND01's shipping bundle, many of which might cost very little. If you've got a well-stocked library of multimedia data on a hard drive and don't do much ripping, this could be a great secondary system for you.
If you're looking for a small, capable system that could serve as a media center or secondary desktop, the MAG ND-HD01 is a good option, especially if you have the tools on hand to overcome its few shortcomings, or have an external optical drive. Perhaps the most telling thing about Zotac's MAG HD-ND01 is that it left us wondering about how it might be upgraded or modified to further improve performance. Intel's 945G chipset when paired with Atom, on the other hand, left us eager to finish testing it and get back to ION. The benchmarks really don't capture the qualitative difference between using the two or the subtle ways in which having a solid integrated GPU changes one's desktop experience.
As a final bonus, the nettop (though not the box it comes in) just might be small enough to fit inside a stocking. As geek-IT presents go, this one's pretty darn good.