Asus Mini Desktop PC ‘Eee Box’ Now Shipping in US and Canada

9 August 2008 By Shashank

asus mini pc-eee box

The much awaited Asus ‘Eee Box’ Mini Desktop PC has finally started shipping in US and Canada via JR Store. The Asus Eee Box like its netbook counterparts has amazing exclusive factors like solid hardware miniaturization, simple design and full of features. It has all the features that a normal office going person would ever require and all this comes at a damn good price of 350$( Rs 14,700).

Now lets have a look at the features of Asus Eee Box :

  • Intel ATOM N270 1.6 GHz Processor
  • It runs on a meagre 20 Watts, imagine the power savings ( whats the rating of your PSU ? generally 400W+ )
  • Support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1024 MB DDR2 RAM
  • 80 GB (5400RPM) Serial ATA 2.5″ Hard Drive
  • Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 950 Graphics Card
  • Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO/ SD / SDHC Card Reader
  • 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports, SPDIF; Microphone-in, DVI-I and RJ-45
  • Small form factor, you can even mount it behind your LCD( see Pic )
  • Miscellaneous: Comes with Quickboot Express Gate, Only 7 seconds boot up time.

The Asus Eee Box comes in two colors: Black Eee Box and White Eee Box. The bundled Box kit contains : ASUS Eee Box, Keyboard, Mouse, DVI-D-SUB Converter, SPDIF, Stand, VESA (75/100) Mounting Kit; Software Bundle: Windows XP Home, 1-Year Limited Warranty. All this comes at a brilliant price of 350$.

Asus Mini Desktop PC ‘Eee Box’

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Comments

BuG56 says:

Wow! Looks good, good price, all the hardware you’d need, and you can mount it behind your LCD! With a wireless mouse and keyboard, you’d pretty much have a wire-free work environment! A++

jared says:

Very nice….. It has specs like the HP Pavillion laptop I got last year…. but for half the price.

jaxsun says:

Wii much?

design says:

The Asus Eee Box Mini desktop PC. Swish!

Andreas says:

I have the original MB from Intel with the same CPU and Bridge 945GC & 2GB Ram & 1HDD it need about 25W in Idle mode and unter heavy duty about 50W.

The CPU is realy great but the Chipset is bullshit. It takes 90% off all the power.

“It runs on a meagre 20 Watts, imagine the power savings ( whats the rating of your PSU ? generally 400W+ )”
The 400W is only the output and not the input power !

My sys with E8400 2GB Ram 2x 8800GT take under fire about 160W.

Kontron will produce Q4/2008 2 new mini ITX boards with the Atom CPU. KTUS15/mITX 1.1 (1.1GHz) & KTUS15/mITX 1.6 (1.6GHz). These boards have a new bridge chip wich is more efficent then the 945GC Chipset. So its a bit better to wait until kontron released their mITX

Shashank says:

@Andreas
Thanks for the info about mITX

“My sys with E8400 2GB Ram 2x 8800GT take under fire about 160W”

I seriously doubt that 160W can handle such a system, that might be the idle scenario. Anyways you just can’t use a 160W rating SMPS for such a system, it has to be more than 450+. Asus Eee Box is specially optimized for low power and performance in a small package so it has to be better.

and who knows once the atom optimized chipsets starts pouring in,we might build a similar counterpart ourself having a warranty of atleast 3 years.

Bennyp says:

For the price, that’s better than my macbook!
I hope they’ll sell them w/o OS so I could save some money on crummy windows.

Ryan G says:

Given the price, that will be on my shopping list when it ships to the UK.

compton says:

“I seriously doubt that 160W can handle such a system, that might be the idle scenario.”

A lot of people do wildly overestimate the power consumption of their computers. I agree that 160W seems unrealisitic for this PC though!

Modern AMD CPUs use around 40-65 W, Intel use more (around 100 W I believe).

Disk drives use around 15W, DVDs around 20-30W, sound cards around 20W, RAM is in the 10 W region.

Mostly it comes down to the graphics card. This poster has dual 8800GTs, which I would expect to use well over 200W under load. Lower end cards use significantly less however, and it is not unusual for a desktop to consume around 160W under load. (See the charts at http://forum.ncix.com/forums/index.php?threadid=1258302&mode=showthread. )

Still, peak power usage will spike above this, and so you do need a power supply with ample capacity to spare.

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