There aren't many places taking pre-orders on the new ASUS EEE "wonder" box, but this was £219.99 until 19/08/08 - So it's gone down by £20 already before release (and don't forget the 4% Quidco and any 5% RAC vouchers if you managed to get them - for some reason Plays ordering system has not taken the 5% off voucher so I called them about this and they advised if I am not billed correctly to give them a call and ask for the refund on my card - so I should end up paying £190 from Play, and because I pre-ordered before the price drop - my quidco is currently tracking at £8.80, so I could be ending up playing just £181.20! Bargain).
Specs of the Asus EEE Box:
- Processor: Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
- Memory: 1GB
- HD Capacity: 80GB
- Graphics Card: Integrated
- Operating System: Windows XP Home
- Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS
- Networking: 802.11 b/g/n / 10/100 Ethernet
- Front Panel Connections: 2x USB, 1x Card Reader, 1x Headphone-out jack (WO/SPDIF)
- Rear Panel Connections: 2x USB, 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x DVI Out, Line-Out (L/R) with S/PDIF, WiFi antenna
- Power: 19Vdc, 4.74A, 65W power adaptor
- Included Accessories: VESA mount, Stand & WiFi antenna, Keyboard & Mouse
- Warranty: 2 year UK C&R
Preview is here: http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=3321
Black version is here:http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/6059455/Asus-Eee-Box-B202-BK-Atom-N270-1-6GHz-1GB-80GB-XP-Home-Desktop-PC-Black/Product.html
You can also upgrade the HD to around 320GB (ebuyer selling a 320GB WD SATA 2.5" drive) and the RAM is also upgradeable to 2GB, and you can mount it neatly behind your monitor - out of sight!
The only thing this thing doesn't have is a built in optical drive (could plug in an external USB drive), and struggles with full HD (1080) resolution video (can do 720P fine).
Main reason for purchase: Go green and quiet, and tidy my desk up!