Asus rolls out Celeron-powered Eee Box

eee-box-b203As expected, Asus has added a new version of its Eee Box to its lineup of low power, low profile desktops. The Asus Eee Box B203 is pretty much identical to the original Eee Box B202 except it’s powered by an Intel C220 Celeron processor instead of an Intel Atom chip.

The rest of the specs look pretty standard. The nettop runs Windows XP Home (even though the product page says Asus “recommends” Windows Vista) and comes with an 80GB, 120G, or 160GB hrd drive. You get 4 USB ports, a flash card reader, a DVI output, and Ethernet and WiFi connectivity in a 2.2 pound package.

The Celeron model will likely sell for a few bucks less than the Atom version, while freeing up a few more Atom N270 chips for use in netbooks.

via Eee PC Italia

  • nicfer

    My ideal nettop/netbook should have an ARM processor. Why? They result in cheap and low-powered devices, and the faster ones can have the same processing power than a Intel Atom processor. Intel, AMD and VIA should focus on middle (Atom, Nano, the AMD one…) and higher end (the rest, from the core i7 to the x4 phenoms).

  • DG

    Shame still no optical drive. It would only add slightly to the one-inch thickness, and cost next to nothing – though it would end up looking exactly like a Wii. A real missed trick compared with latest Shuttles, Dells etc. They can get away with it on a netbook because that's really a memory stick with a screen, but not on a machine that's going to see more general desktop usage, need commercial apps or multimedia CDs installed etc.

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  • Fu Long

    Regarding the optical drive: I believe Microsoft doesn't allow that – if you want to run Windows XP then you have to follow their ULCPC rules.

    It's the same reason why all the netbooks have more or less the same specs (if you want XP then no higher resolution than 1024×600, etc.,)

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  • nicfer

    About CDs and DVDs, I think that they are past technology. They screw with ease, have fixed capacities. are slow and they can't be directly written. SD cards will soon replace them, once they become cheaper and easier to produce.

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  • markntravis

    The Asus web site says faster processor but doesn't say anything about it other than that.

    So how fast is it?

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  • Johan, Sweden

    With the ability to attach the eee box behind a monitor using the VESA mount, I prefer to have an external USB DVD player rather than a built-in.

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  • Andy Norris

    Past technology or not, lots of people watch movies or play games, and the default means of distribution for both of these is DVD. Granted, this isn't exactly a state of the art gaming system, but it will run some kinds of games just fine.

    For a netbook, I like the fact that I can get a smaller lighter system and only hook up an external DVD drive when I need it, but for a desk-based system, it's an annoying limitation.

  • Andy Norris

    One of the biggest advantages of an ARM processor is super-low power usage. If you're plugging it in anyway, you can use a dirt cheap Celeron, get pretty low power usage, and have the ability to run Windows or a wider selection of Linux distros and apps.

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    Asus is one of the best computer brands out in the market right now..

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    Definitely one of the better moves business-wise for the company. Celeron's have always been a reliable make for me as a power user, and I am sure they will continue to do so into the future

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    Ive been waiting for Asus to roll out something like this for awhile, definite appeal to the lower middle class.

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    It look cool, nice design, may be suitable for small office, how about the power of it?

  • http://www.playedonline.com Free Games Guy

    Im wondering what kind of processing power this thing is capable of, any ideas?

  • http://www.playedonline.com Online Games Guy

    Ive used Intel exclusively for all my gaming and computing needs for years, but the Celeron market just seems to be getting stronger and stronger. If the processors continue to upgrade their quality and out-perform the Intel based ones, then it will be a no brainer to make the switch, I will definitely stay posted.

  • http://www.playedonline.com Online Games Guy

    Ive used Intel exclusively for all my gaming and computing needs for years, but the Celeron market just seems to be getting stronger and stronger. If the processors continue to upgrade their quality and out-perform the Intel based ones, then it will be a no brainer to make the switch, I will definitely stay posted.

  • nhviet

    Wow nice, I must upgrade my Eee Box naw,
    Thanks for the news.

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    It looks great.. but it would be even better if it had an optical drive.

  • http://www.playedonline.com Free Games Guy

    I love these new slimline low profile PC's, they fit neatly on your desk, dont take up much room, arent that noisy and really have great power for their price/size.

  • http://www.playedonline.com Online Games

    One of the biggest advantages of an ARM processor is super-low power usage. If you're plugging it in anyway, you can use a dirt cheap Celeron, get pretty low power usage, and have the ability to run Windows or a wider selection of Linux distros and apps.

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    Where can I buy one with cheap price?

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  • doer82

    Agree with your points. Have you ever try it? Is it really convenient to be used for typing? Since I found out the keyboard is so small. But, I rather to have internal DVD than external, since I often forget to bring external DVD. Do you know what cccccc is? Then fill out the survey on http://www.keyr.com/analysis/cccccc.html

  • almustafa112

    Just one small question, how fast is their product? They just mentioned something about the processor but never give the fact about the speed. I guess, they are not as fast as eiaculazione precoce.

  • almustafa112

    Just one small question, how fast is their product? They just mentioned something about the processor but never give the fact about the speed. I guess, they are not as fast as eiaculazione precoce.

  • Anonymous

    Hi!
    That Celeron model seem so nice, just wondering if it is capable to use to run an online games