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Asus Eee Box B202 Black Or White £205.79 Delivered @ Argos Internet Only

£205.79 @ Argos
Looking at getting one of these for the kids to put at back of the LCD seems to be the cheapest around at the moment Details * Only consumes 20 watts of power (90% less than a tower PC). … Read More
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8y, 1m agoFound 8 years, 1 month ago
Looking at getting one of these for the kids to put at back of the LCD seems to be the cheapest around at the moment

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* Only consumes 20 watts of power (90% less than a tower PC).

* Very quiet - only 26db.

* 7 second boot-up time with Express Gate.


* Intel ATOM processor.

* 1.6GHz processor speed.

* 512KB cache.

* 1GB DDR2 RAM.


* 160GB hard drive capacity.


* Shared graphics.

* 128MB graphics memory.


* Media card reader - compatible with MMC, MS, MS Pro, SD, SDHC cards.

* 4 USB ports.

* 1 Ethernet port.


* Azalia ALC888 sound card.


* 802.11b/g/n wireless enabled.


* Microsoft Windows XP Home (SP3) operating system installed.

* Software included: MS Works, Star Office, Adobe Reader 8.0, Norton Internet Security (90 day trial version), Express Gate.


* Size (H)22.3, (W)17.8, (D)1.6cm (2.74cm with stand).

* Weight 1.3kg.

* Kensington security slot.


* Includes: Eee Box, stand, VESA bracket, keyboard, mouse, wireless antenna, DVI to VGA converter, mini jack to S/PDIF, AC adapter and power cord, recovery DVD, support CD, user manual and warranty card.
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#1
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#2
Asus Eee's are good units. If you wait a while there is new versions coming out with 256Mb graphics cards so the kids would be able to play some decent games on it.

http://www.msfn.org/comments.php?shownews=23205
#3
Sadly, it's mooted to be about £80-100 more than this, though and I don't think it'll be able to play 'decent' games on it, as its 3450 is still very limited. But it'll be a lovely little machine.

If you want to actually play games on it, then your £300 is better spent building your own machine, or getting a cheap Dell and putting a low/mid-end GPU in it like HD4670.

Voted hot, btw.
#4
only want it for browsing websites like nick jr and cbeebies and playing there online games
#5
leeds_united_afc
only want it for browsing websites like nick jr and cbeebies and playing there online games


£200 to browse nick jr and cbeebies?!? Lucky kids!
#6
publicnme
£200 to browse nick jr and cbeebies?!? Lucky kids!


LOL, having a pc is on kin with human rights in my eyes. :oops::w00t::thinking:
#7
This has always been £195 way less than this and they have stuck them up by nearly £100 in some cases so this is no bargain and cant handle HI-DEF i looked at these in detail 6months ago its now old tech.
#8
Out of interest, if you need to (which is very likely), how do you reinstall the OS on one of these?
#9
jukkie
Out of interest, if you need to (which is very likely), how do you reinstall the OS on one of these?


Recovery partition or an external CD/DVD drive.
#10
10bellies
Recovery partition or an external CD/DVD drive.


Ahh, just read in the description it comes with a recovery DVD (and a support CD).
Very usefull on a machine that has no optical drive...

They could at least have put all the recovery software and support files on a bootable USB stick, would make much more sense.
#11
jukkie
Ahh, just read in the description it comes with a recovery DVD (and a support CD).
Very usefull on a machine that has no optical drive...

They could at least have put all the recovery software and support files on a bootable USB stick, would make much more sense.


Asus do it to the Eee Netbook too, and they provide no solution to put it onto a USB bootable device, the worst of it is, it has an integral SD slot! why not just put a boot disk on SD??? :viking:
#12
Not voting cold but these are a poor deal.
You can get a similar nettop for sub £250 and use it as a desktop with a ftf.
It is then portable and you can use it as a laptop.

The nettop version will also consume 10 watts or less so half of this.
You will also be able to sell the nettop for an ok sum in a few years (say £50) whereas this would be scrap and near worthless.

These things should be sub £150 and ideally sub £100.

the atom processor is also poor. My 8 year old athlon is faster! Hope atom2 will be at least 2x faster.
#13
I have a Samsung NC10 and I find the Atom processor to be anything but poor. The Samsung NC10 is one of my favourite tech purchases I've made. Not only is it really portable and has an amazing battery life but it is a more capable machine than I expected. I bought it for web browsing, email and the occasional word processing. But I find myself using it for a lot more.

I stream my iTunes to my hi-fi from it.
I connect it to my Plasma to play 720p movies I've 'acquired'
I use it to control my DSLR in the field for time lapse photography and to download the photos to it- sometimes 1,000+ and it has yet to choke on any of these tasks.

So all in all I'm happy with the Atom processor
#14
Guys, anyone looking at one of these should consider a PS3 in my opinion, you're not burdened by the Microsoft operating system, you can still attach card readers /external drives etc. You get a blue ray drive, 1080p output, media streaming, internet browsing via either wifi or ethernet, and the obvious ability to play as quoted above "decent games". One wouldn't really cost too much more would it?
#15
I wish more of the big PC manufacturers would make PCs for the living room TV.

I like the idea of this Eee but it really is lacking in power. I suppose it will be fine for browsing. Shame there's no HDMI output but I bought a DVI to HDMI lead only last week....just in case I ever needed one!
#16
I use as a server for squeezecenter - its silent operation is more important than any performance constraint. The new dual atom version B208 is saddled with Vista so unlikely to be any faster. Consider B204 as a budget mediaserver. Now available at under £300.
#17
wot the f is it ?
#18
I'd love one. But at £200 quid its just too expensive (for a low power / low performance box)
#19
Got one from argos last week with the free delivery offer, can't believe they were actually the cheapest for something, didn't post it as the RRP is £199; even though everywhere else has hiked the price.

This is excellent, don't get hung up on power freak comments, my media/gaming PC's GPU died last sunday and I'd finally had it with servicing the PC. That had vista 64 premium, dual core processor, 1.5 terrabyte sata 2 raid, 4 gig ram, 8800 GPU, 2 HD sat cards, dual freeview card, bluray, hd dvd, card reader, remote controls, giant heat sinks, fan controllers, silent fans...on and on.

Gave up on media centre and bought this to replace it for web browsing, video reviews, shopping, banking etc, I love it. Silent and handles everything easily on a 50" HD plasma.

No HD video...true, but really, how important is that? I even watched a review were some clown said you couldn't run antivirus and then browse the web without it grinding to a halt, lies, I've got Kasperskey security suite running and it all works flawlessly. I've never liked using a windows pc like this since my first laptop (early 90's) running 3.1 and that also had no optical drive (floppy).

Considered a PS3 as you can use it as a PVR with a £50 add on, but it can only run Linux, I needed windows for finance packages etc. So opted for this and the £122 sammy blu ray from amazon. Couldn't be happier :-D

FYI: The 160gig hard drive is partitioned, 40 (OS), 90 (user files) the rest hidden restore partitions and lost due to format. Comes with restore discs for programs and OS. The new models are coming but are £309 and £319 def not worth it just for HD web videos!
#20
The 1Gb RAM is in two slots (512 each), maxs out at 2Gb, doesn't void the warranty to upgrade the RAM even though you have to break a security sticker to get to one of the screws. That's official (from Asus).
#21
You could probably build a similar spec for a bit less - and far quieter.

Its power usage is low as its using a mobile processor, but in a larger box (or opened) you could probably use a passive cooler in the airflow from the PSU.

I mentioned this as its a project I had been thinking about for a while.

Also - shoving a 92mm fan dropped to 5 or 7w into a 60mm converter is virtually silent (my Papst one at 7W is).
#22
ibiza
You could probably build a similar spec for a bit less - and far quieter.


I'm not so sure, you could definitely build a better spec machine easily, but your paying a premium for the size here.

A build would most likely use a standard size ATX mobo, hard drive, case and PSU making it much more clunky, the main noise from such a build would probably come from the PSU fan/s. This uses a power brick so the only fan is a single small mobo chipset type fan. If you did a like for like build using micro ATX mobo your self build price would sky rocket. If you don't use a PC on your home media setup you'd probably be better off with the netbook option. If you need something more powerful for things other than web browsing letter writing, get a grey box. This isn't for everyone.

Also on a home build, once you add the price of theOEM XP OS, and even a cheap keyboard and mouse it'll end up costing the same if not more, be noisier and larger.

That's just my opinion. You can always build/buy something bigger, better, faster...but do the people considering this really need so much power? Like I said before it's perfect for what I need now and I love it. The last time I taxed a system even slightly was a powerbook while writing a biblical sized masters thesis and for some gaming it was the media PC playing bioshock.
#23
Apart from the free P&P finishing, this has already been posted.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/360400/asus-eee-box-b202-199-argos/
#24
chiners_68
Asus Eee's are good units. If you wait a while there is new versions coming out with 256Mb graphics cards so the kids would be able to play some decent games on it.

http://www.msfn.org/comments.php?shownews=23205


The improved graphics is less about game performance and more about allowing someone to watch full HD video which the current model will not do. Once it can do full HD then it will make the perfect living room PC.
#25
Im sorry, but this was only £200 on argos a few weeks ago. Also, go back a few months, and this was £199 everywhere. Ok, its a good deal for the unit, but its no better than what was available a few months ago.
#26
leeds_united_afc
only want it for browsing websites like nick jr and cbeebies and playing there online games

Be warned - if they're Flash-heavy sites, then this box isn't a good choice. Flash games run like they're stuck in toffee...

Granted, it's bigger and uses more power - but for an extra £30, DELL will sell you a Vostro 220 MT (eValue Code D042210) complete with Dual-Core E5200 2.5GHz, Vista Home Premium, 2048MB, 250GB, 16x DVD Writer.
At a total cost of £235 all inclusive, it offers much (much !) more bang for your buck. It's quite literally an order of magnitude more powerful !
#27
hippyharry
Im sorry, but this was only £200 on argos a few weeks ago. Also, go back a few months, and this was £199 everywhere. Ok, its a good deal for the unit, but its no better than what was available a few months ago.


It's a good deal as the prices have gone up everywhere, even Asus quote the price at £219 now for the exact same model but with the smaller 80 Gig hard drive. Unless it can be found cheaper right now elsewhere this is a good deal.

The prices are going up for all this kind of stuff, something about the weakness of the pound, as an example a blu ray player for my HTPC cost me £65 in jan and is now £85+

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