Asus launches Eee Box B208 with Windows Vista and HD video
Asus has added a new model to its Eee Box line of nettop (cheap and tiny desktop) computers. The Eee Box B208 features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 330 CPU, which is the first dual core model in the Atom line. The computer also features ATI Radeon HD 4350 series graphics with 256MB of video memory and an HDMI output.
The Eee Box B208 also has 1GB of RAM, and hard drive options of 160GB, 250G, or 320GB. It includes 4 USB ports, 802.11b/g/n WiFI, an Ethernet jack, a multi-format card reader, a remote control, and a built in battery that can be used as an uninterruptible power supply option in the case of a power outage.
Asus loads the nettop with either Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Business. I’m guessing the reason for Vista is because the computer’s specs are too high for it to qualify for a low cost Windows XP license. Honestly, given the media capabilities of the B208, I would have thought that Windows Vista Home Premium would have been a better choice, since it includes Windows Media Center capabilities. But it looks like Asus is loading some of its own Eee Cinema software on this computer.