Pre-Order (due 21/09/08) Asus Eee Box B202-WT / Atom N270 1.6GHz / 1GB / 80GB / XP Home / Desktop PC / White or Black for £199.99 (don't forget 4% quidco, minus £7.99, Total = £192) - HotUKDeals
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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!
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#1
This looks to be a great little machine. I especially like the way you can attach it to the back of your TV via the Vesa mounting. Would make a great little media player (well for 720p at any rate).

Shame I can't afford one. But voted hot on it anyway.

Remember you can get a 5% RAC discount from play as well by visiting here:

http://www.racsmiles.co.uk/

You have to be a member, of course.
#2
Quidco shouldn't be placed in the final price IMO. Sometimes the tracking doesn't work.
#4
tsimehC - Ok fair point! Will update the price then...
#5
The Fit PC is worth considering as an alternative to this, slightly more expensive if you go for XP and slower but there's no fan unlike the eee box and it consumes 3-5W compared to the 40-50W of the eee box.
#6
EndlessWaves
The Fit PC is worth considering as an alternative to this, slightly more expensive if you go for XP and slower but there's no fan unlike the eee box and it consumes 3-5W compared to the 40-50W of the eee box.


The Fit PC has a mere 256 Mb of memory this is tiny by today's standards and since it's soldered on board upgrading will be difficult or impossible.
#7
EndlessWaves
The Fit PC is worth considering as an alternative to this, slightly more expensive if you go for XP and slower but there's no fan unlike the eee box and it consumes 3-5W compared to the 40-50W of the eee box.


As a greener PC - the Fit PC wins hands down, but if you look at the specs I don't think it's comparable to the Eee Box in terms of video playback (for media centre), features (Linux built in, Wireless 801.11N speed) , and expandability (upgradable HD and RAM).

For the same price I know which one I'd go for.
#8
can you fit a tv card in this?

i was thinking media portal, my external drive and this would be perfect for a media centre pc!

and does anyone know if the pausing live tv would work if i had cable feeding into it?
#9
The Fit-PC most likely uses this board:

http://www.wdlsystems.com/downloads/specs/1LLX80E_s.pdf

The geode is a fair, but pretty old processor. It's performance isn't close to the eeeBox and it would most likely struggle with standard definition video, never mind 720p which the eeeBox can handle.

As a curio PC, it's fine, but it's not really in the same weight category as this machine.

For anyone interested in little x86 machine, check out these links:

[url]www.norhtec.com[/url]
[url]www.wdlsystems.com[/url]

You can get a tiny little x86 machine running a tiny linux installation for under $85.
#10
preacher
can you fit a tv card in this?

i was thinking media portal, my external drive and this would be perfect for a media centre pc!

and does anyone know if the pausing live tv would work if i had cable feeding into it?


The only possibility is with an external USB TV tuner, as there are no PCI expansion slots.
You should be able to pause live TV if the TV card supports that function.
#11
Banzai
As a greener PC - the Fit PC wins hands down, but if you look at the specs I don't think it's comparable to the Eee Box in terms of video playback (for media centre), features (Linux built in, Wireless 801.11N speed) , and expandability (upgradable HD and RAM).

For the same price I know which one I'd go for.


Well, if price for performance was the only issue then you'd go for a £200 Dell, by that standard the eee box is slow and limited (it won't play 1080p videos and doesn't have a disk drive for example).

I just pointed out the Fit-PC because somebody may be looking for a machine for undemanding requirements (like a file server) and may be considering the eee box without knowing of the alternatives out there.

The eee PC occupies the middle ground between the two, it's not as capable as a normal PC but smaller and much faster than a fit-PC but much higher power.
#12
Ive been thinking about getting an eee box cos lately im thinking about using it for a media server/downloader box which can be left on all night. Only problem is I can see the same thing that happened to the eee pc's happening to this ie everyone producing their own small power efficient pc's, so prices will be cheaper and choice will be far greater. I have no idea of when this will happen or if it will happen at all.

Another choice would be to get another laptop which would perform a lot better than the eee box but use more power, around 80w compared to the eee box's 20 odd watt max.

Anyone think its worth getting one of these now or waiting a while or even going down the laptop route?

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