There was a time when Asus was known for making motherboards and Shuttle was known  for making small form factor desktop computers. But now the two will be going head to head in the low cost all-in-one desktop market. Both companies are leveraging their areas of expertise to produce what is essentially a cheaper version of an iMac.

Asus has already brought its Eee Top desktop to market in Europe and after showcasing the product at CES, plans to bring it to the US. The Eee Top looks like a computer monitor with a touchscreen, but it is actually a full fledged computer running Windows XP and using the same basic components as an Eee PC netbook including an Intel Atom CPU.

Shuttle, on the other hand, has been making tiny desktop for ages, and is getting ready to build one into a monitor. The Shuttle X50 will be available in April for $599 with Windows XP or $499 with no operating system.

The Shuttle X50 will have a 15.6 inch touchscreen and the dual core version of the Intel Atom CPU (The Eee Top and MSI’s NetON all-in-one PC both use a single core Atom chip).

Update: Image courtesey of Engadget and XFastest forums

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4 replies on “Shuttle to take on Eee Top with cheap all-in-one PC”

  1. Wouldn’t it be better if they offered linux (Ubuntu or some such) on the $499 version?

    1. I think that no OS is right, most linux distros are different between each other and users may dislike it and buy instead the Windows version. I think it’ll be good for users who want to hack the device.

      1. Well, success in selling is a numbers game, and many potential clients will find the option to just turn it on and have it work appealing. If they could just install a standard distro and made sure that everything works, this would be a minimal effort, and make the basic machine more appealing to a lot more people, with just a minimal development expense for Shuttle.

        The whole point is that they can to this, and deliver the machine at the same price, since there is no license needed for linux.

        Users who want to hack the machine lose nothing. It is not more expensive, and they can always scrap the supplied linux for another, or for windows of some sort. Many Eee users already do this.

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