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

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44 replies on “Asus rolls out Celeron-powered Eee Box”

  1. 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.

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

    So how fast is it?

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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 https://www.keyr.com/analysis/cccccc.html

  4. 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.,)

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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