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Asus Eee Box B202 Black Small Form Factor PC 160GB Storage, Windows XP Home
Asus Eee Box B202 Black Small Form Factor PC 160GB Storage, Windows XP Home

Asus Eee Box B202 Black Small Form Factor PC 160GB Storage, Windows XP Home

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The Eee Box is a mini desktop PC with huge possibilities. Since the Eee Box only requires around 20 watts of power, your carbon footprint is reduced by 90% compared to a standard PC. With a slim svelte design, the world's smallest desktop PC allows an array of space saving options. Plus, it's so easy to use. The simple intuitive interface lets inexperienced users get started right away. Enjoy easy living with the eclectic, efficient and eco-friendly Eee Box.

Model Eee Box B202
Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Home
Intel CPU & Chipset Intel Atom N270 & Intel chipset
Ethernet Communication Gbt. LAN
Memory 1GB
Wireless Data Network WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
Storage 160GB
Storage Cards SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro
Input / Output DVI-Out / USB?(2 in front, 2 in rear)
Dimensions 223?78?6 mm (without stand)
Colour Black

18 Comments

These machines were called back by ASUS, due to a virus (WORM) being found on the machine out of the box.
Ha.

Good deal never the less.

Before everyone asks, these are not for playing games. It is for surfing the web/check emails, you can just about do some basic photoshopping on one of these boxes from what i read in a review.

None the less, for 20w of power i'm tempted to use instead of my Dell!

£199.99 delivered at play.com (but they are "awaiting stock" - and we all know how long that can take!)
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:-D

Don't forget to add 4.99 delivery too.
Brings it to £209.85

Cheaper at play.com - £199.99 delivered (no stock though)

Original Poster

You can Change delivery to standard and its then Free

Great to have at the side of your TV for BBC Iplayer,Trying to decide if i can really justify this as i have enough toys,
Tony

CDR;3218409

None the less, for 20w of power i'm tempted to use instead of my Dell!



Any idea how much money that would save on electricity roughly :thinking:

tonyg1962;3218932

Great to have at the side of your TV for BBC Iplayer,Trying to decide if … Great to have at the side of your TV for BBC Iplayer,Trying to decide if i can really justify this as i have enough toys,Tony



Hmm, would this be up to the job of a basic media centre PC? I've been looking for something small and beautiful to put on the wall by my 32" lcd to use to play movies and mp3's. Would the picture look good enough (i.e. as good as a dvd player or, at very worst, better than VHS)? Obviously, on board storage is limited for that but could increase with USB hard drive or network drive over wireless lan.

If it's up to the job, what would I need to make it into a hard drive TV recorder (PVR)?

Wouldn't expect to much out of it for recoding video, may be a bit slow?

Many thanks

T

Netbooks with this spec have been known to run Divx films at 720p so better than a DVD player,So as a media player should be good but not so good as a media creator,BBC Iplayer plays well on these as well so Sky player would probably do the same so there is your source of digital content besides downloads and MP3s
Tony

monkeydo;3219282

Hmm, would this be up to the job of a basic media centre PC?



It will play 720P video but not 1080i so if you want something which is future proof and will do HD you are better off getting something like a Dell Studio Hybrid or a Mac Mini. For basic standard def playback stuff this will be more than enough.

To record TV you will need a USB TV tuner, they are about £50 I think. I dont know anything about USB ones, but with internal ones you usually only require very low specs to record SD so assuming its the same with USB I cant see this having any problems recording TV. Of course once you start having USB Tuner cards and USB HDDs and the like it starts to lose its small form factor appeal to a degree.

monkeydo;3219282

Hmm, would this be up to the job of a basic media centre PC? I've been … Hmm, would this be up to the job of a basic media centre PC? I've been looking for something small and beautiful to put on the wall by my 32" lcd to use to play movies and mp3's.



It doesn't have any DVD drive.

monkeydo;3219282

Hmm, would this be up to the job of a basic media centre PC? I've been … Hmm, would this be up to the job of a basic media centre PC? I've been looking for something small and beautiful to put on the wall by my 32" lcd to use to play movies and mp3's. Would the picture look good enough (i.e. as good as a dvd player or, at very worst, better than VHS)? Obviously, on board storage is limited for that but could increase with USB hard drive or network drive over wireless lan. If it's up to the job, what would I need to make it into a hard drive TV recorder (PVR)?Wouldn't expect to much out of it for recoding video, may be a bit slow?Many thanksT



I'd plump for a PS3. Then share your media on your PC with Windows Media Player. Then you get bluray and you can get a PS3 TV tuner if you really want to record.

Edit: and upgrading the hardisk is a really easy job.

Thanks all for your input. I'm considering this for the 32" LCD TV in my bedroom.

I had duly noted, before EndlessWaves comment, that it doesn't have a DVD drive, but as I have another computer and also an external usb powered dvd drive, that isn't a problem. I'm considering wall mounting this right by the side of my TV so that the back end and wires are hidden from view behind the TV.

I was also hoping that my external usb powered dvd drive and maybe external usb powered hard drive would sit nicely behind the tv also. The dvd drive holds the disc much like the box that the dvd comes in, rather than the type where the disc sits loose on the top of the tray, and it's very thin so I think this should work ok subject to suitable mounting. I also have wireless usb mouse and keyboard, and should I get a usb TV tuner I'll then have used up all my USB ports. 2 front, 2 back, right. Although I do have an external usb hub, with an external power supply, to help hide this lot behind the TV!

Sounds very complicated, I know, but this is for the wall at the end of the bed and there's no room for cabinets and standard DVD players, HDD recorders etc.

Incidentally, I have been considering the PS3 for this job too, as I hear you can install Linux on it and swap the HDD easily. Do you have to use Sony's Play TV or will a standard USB TV Tuner be fine?

Hope I'm not going too off topic but I'm trying to assess this units suitablility for my needs verses any other suitable hardware.

Thanks again!

T

You got Vista Home Premium on your Main PC? You could either get a Vista Media Center Extender (Althouth they need an 802.11N link) or try the freeware asciiexpress.com/web…de/.

Personally, all those USB wotsits with the cables, and their powerbricks would put me off your suggestion. Also this PC's mediocre graphics would be a limitation.

All these suggestion will be a pain to install and setup and maintain. I'd go PS3 and a 10M HDMI cable.

Edit: I use Vista MCE in the living room, then run a 15M HDMI cable and an ABUS audio cable to the second telly (PC graphics card in dualscreen, same on each monitor mode), and use a RF vista remote from Philips.

One feature these have is a VESA mount so you can fix this straight onto the back of your LCD /Plasma tv,
Tony

joylove;3223190

You got Vista Home Premium on your Main PC? You could either get a … You got Vista Home Premium on your Main PC? You could either get a Vista Media Center Extender (Althouth they need an 802.11N link) or try the freeware http://www.asciiexpress.com/webguide/. Personally, all those USB wotsits with the cables, and their powerbricks would put me off your suggestion. Also this PC's mediocre graphics would be a limitation.All these suggestion will be a pain to install and setup and maintain. I'd go PS3 and a 10M HDMI cable.Edit: I use Vista MCE in the living room, then run a 15M HDMI cable and an ABUS audio cable to the second telly (PC graphics card in dualscreen, same on each monitor mode), and use a RF vista remote from Philips.



Hi, thanks for your reply. I agree, it'd be one hell of a lot of USBs and hastle (although all the devices are USB powered so no external PSUs required). Have been considering the PS3 option for a while, I'm hoping the prices of the 40GB models come down after Christmas (if not sooner). Still a few questions I need to get answers to if I go that route but I'm in no rush so I'll leave it for now.

Your setup sounds good, but I binned my old and slow desktop due to lack of space (i.e. two kids!). Maybe I'll have enough money (and job security!) to blow a grand at some point and get a much better set-up, but til then...

Cheers

T

tonyg1962;3223298

One feature these have is a VESA mount so you can fix this straight onto … One feature these have is a VESA mount so you can fix this straight onto the back of your LCD /Plasma tv,Tony



Wondered about this. Can you still wall mount the tv, through the PC, or is this only if the TV is on a stand?

I.e. TV - PC - WallMount - Wall?

Only if TV is on a stand.
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