Why is the Iyonix a workhorse and the A9home a play device? Let's just wait and see when the A9home is reviewed and tested against an Iyonix... I'd rather have native hardware as well, though it is a nice thing VRPC will soon be available for Mac OS X too.
Even though the Iyonix is the most powerful and versatile native box atm, I urge people not to underestimate the powers of the dark side, ehm, I mean the power of the A9home.
Yes, it doesn't have a floppy or optical drive... Just connect a DVD burner and upgrade to CDVDBurn. Its screenresolution capabilities will be at least as good as a Viewfinder RPC, I guess. It will no doubt be a lot faster than a KineticRPC. It will run flashable Select/Adjust, which may have welcome advantages to a lot of people (some people absolutely need round, colourful buttons and more cogwheels around their desktop). Biggest advantage will be its price tag ofcourse. It's a sturdy little box, from what I've heard, which is a very important thing in certain applications (such as a gear smashing contest). Besides the A9home is even quieter than Iyonix - it has no fans!
And so, yes, time for competition. Somehow I think those that are already being owned by their Iyonix are the most critical of our new family member. I'm just gonna buy a GBA now...