Earlier this year Asus introduced a tiny desktop computer called the Eee Box EB1037, featuring a low-power Intel Celeron J1900 processor, NVIDIA GeForce 820M graphics, support for up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage.

That system still isn’t available for purchase yet, but its little sibling is. You can now buy the Asus Eee Box EB1036 with a J1900 processor and Intel HD graphics.

Newegg is selling the slim desktop computer for $339, and Beach Audio has systems for as little as $275… although the specs for the cheapest model are a little vague.

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Intel’s Celeron J1900 processor is a 2 GHz 64-bit, quad-core Bay Trail processor with burst speeds up to 2.41 GHz. The chip features 688 MHz Intel HD graphics with burst speeds up to 854 MHz, and support for dual-display setups.

Like other members of the Bay Trail family, this is a low-power chip. But with a 10W TDP, it uses about twice as much power as a Bay Trail chip designed for tablets.

In other words, this is a chip designed for low-cost, low-power desktops like the Eee Box EB1036. You could use this system as a simple PC for home use or set it up as a media center. It could also be used as a thin client system or the basis of a point-of-sales or kiosk system.

The Asus Eee Box EB1036 sold by Newegg features 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit software. It has HDMI and VGA ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, a COM port, an SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, and 2 memory slots.

It measures 8.6″ x 6.7″ x 1.15″ and weighs about 1.5 pounds.

 

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9 replies on “Asus Eee Box EB1036 is a Celeron J1900-powered mini PC”

  1. I have this EB1036 box. It has a celeron processor, can i upgrade this processor to dual core, core i3 or something of the sort?

    1. pretty sure you can’t upgrade the CPU, but this is already a quad core CPU and it’s more than decent for surfing and school work.

  2. I assume this is fanless since the one with a dGPU is fanless. I’d probably get this. I’m eyeing the Raydget CoolBox IV but who knows when it’s coming.

    I hope the power brick is small. I may actually take one with me when traveling as a portable NAS and “high performing” Linux server to connect to from my phone. Otherwise, I’ll continue bringing round an ultraportable or Bay Trail “netbook.”

    1. I wouldn’t assume it’s fanless. The SlimBox has a fan, and it’s about the same thickness.

    2. This is NOT fanless! I had bought one and got it today, plugged it in and sure enough there’s a fan going. The vent at the top is where the air from the fan goes out. Granted it’s very cool and not loud at all, but fair warning if you were looking for a FANLESS solution: this is not what you want!

    1. They come with a VESA mount, since they’re really meant to be strapped onto the back of a monitor as a sort of “pseudo-all-in-one” PC. They can also be used flat instead of standing. Even the older EB1033 was useful with plenty of power for a kiosk or casual PC user. These aren’t intended as gaming machines.

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