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The Asus Eee Box is a compact desktop model from the Eee Box family of design and budget-centered computers.

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Pros

Small, sleek form factor

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Low power consumption

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Wireless 802.11n connectivity

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latest update adds an ATI graphics card with HDMI output

6 agree

Includes USB keyboard and mouse

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Quiet operation

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good enough for the majority of consumers and students

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Runs Windows XP Home

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Has an S/PDIF audio output

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Can be used as an HTPC, can output HD

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generates very little heat

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now ideal for a small, full featured and inexpensive media PC

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Cons

Fairly expensive for it's specs

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impossible to upgrade

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1080p playback can be spotty

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Limited resolution output to a max of 1280x800

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Specs preclude playing of anything but casual games

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No HDMI output

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The Asus Eee Box is a compact desktop model from the Eee Box family of design and budget-centered computers. Based on the Intel 945GSE Express mobile chipset with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphic processing and an ICH7 Southbridge I/O controller hub (for SATA, USB and Gig-E LAN connections), the Eee Box is built on the Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz with a 533MHz FSB) and includes 1GB of DDR2-400 system memory (although some 512MB RAM options are available as well in different models).

Upgraded in early December 2008, the Eee Box B204 and B206 include more powerful ATI Radeon graphics cards - allowing for HDMI output - ideal for high quality digital video and audio. The Eee Box B202 comes with 80GB of hard-drive storage space and is bundled with a mouse, keyboard and necessary power adaptors.

A model was released later in December 2008 that included a Celeron processor.

Models (only differences are highlighted)
  • B202: integrated Intel GMA graphics
  • B203: Celeron processor
  • B204: dedicated ATI graphics
  • B206: dedicated ATI graphics
Features
  • Small size
  • Intel Atom N270 Processor (1.6 Ghz with a 533 MHz FSB)
  • 1GB of DDR2-400 system memory
  • 802.11abgn, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Intel 945GSE Express mobile chipset with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics
  • ICH7 Southbridge I/O controller hub (SATA, USB and Gig-E LAN connection)
  • 80/160GB HDD
  • Bundled with mouse, keyboard and power adaptors
Post Review
Erik
12/04/2008 10:45

Kudos, Asus, on the HDMI/high def upgrade. The Eee box went from interesting to a must have because of it. Any word on the MSRP of the new one?

JoeMerchant
11/21/2008 09:49

I put up a small review of our new B202 at mangocats.com/b202

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