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Asus may have focused its attention during the Computex show, held in Taipei this week, on its Atom-based Eee PC 901 and 1000 sub-notebooks, but that didn't stop it showing off its Eee Box desktop. Chinese-language site HKEPC was there to take a few snaps, like these: Asus Eee Box Asus Eee Box Asus' Eee Box: Atom powered …

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  1. Giles Jones Gold badge

    Pricing

    What's the betting that it will be more like £267 by the time it goes on sale in the UK?

  2. David

    Re: Pricing

    In all seriousness Giles, you're better of taking the price in dollars ($326), adding on a bit of a surcharge as you would anyway for US sales, let's say making it $350, and then converting it as if £1=1.2$ which is roughly what things seem to be selling at currently, making it £290.

    So I'd predict between £280 and £300 when it's on sale in the UK.

    And to be honest, I've stopped playing PC games and have no need for the giant massive box I currently use, and I'd more than happily pay £300 for an Eee Box and then another couple of hundred for a massive external HDD. And that's because I will pay for convenience - the same reason I would pay through the nose for a 12" or 11" laptop when you can save a huge markup by buying the identical laptop in 15" or 17".

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    wot no beach

    I'm not quite clear how these might fit in a real setting.

    Possibly a photo of one with a typical user?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    oooh

    That gives me a woody

    Mines the one with a copy of razzle

  5. Steve

    Love the wood panelling.

    Now they just need to replace the white plastic with brass. Possibly add a steam whistle.

  6. Thomas Silver badge

    At least £267...

    ... would prove how little Asus seem to understand the market they've created.

    Maybe it'll just be £500 for the Linux version, £0.50 for the Windows version because, ummmm, the Windows version has mildly less plastic in it?

  7. Ryan Smith

    Well, quite

    However, I doubt it'll be quite as much as that, maybe £200 or so but not much more. Price is always going to be the real driver with any Eee machine - Asus have made sure of that.

  8. A. Lewis

    Yay!

    A desktot!

    It's pretty. But to be honest I'd rather have something beefier. I don't move my desktop around a lot so I don't see the point in having one so small.

    Still, I like the trend of shrinking PCs.

    Also: Can we have an icon for "I love my EEE and am posting from it"?

  9. MaXimaN

    Re: Pricing

    ...or even higher. That said, they can only go so high before they start to get into the Intel-based Mac Mini price range.

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    You didn't mention the main problem...

    ...it appears to be upholstered in panda food! Please tell me that's not standard.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Doesn't this have a friend, like the Eee PC

    A friend on the beach...

    Mine's the one with sand in the pockets.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Meh...

    Meh.

    For £200 I'd rather get the Acer Aspire. What's the point of a cute box if it isn't portable?

  13. Paul R
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    Media Center

    If this can be coaxed to run Windows Media Center, then I'm sold. Looks very nice!

    Just need a desktop lovEeely for this model now.

  14. Darren B
    Coat

    Range of colours?

    Walnut, Oak or Mahogony?

    Mines the lumberjack jacket over the sawhorse

  15. Jon
    Stop

    It's not a "TV tuner link"

    > There's another port below it - the power connector's near the base - that some reports maintain is a TV tuner link.

    If that's a "TV tuner link" then where's the audio out for my speakers? You know, that "TV tuner link" looks suspiciously like a 3.5mm audio jack...

    External TV tuners are usually connected by USB anyway (even my internal "PCI" one is really the guts from a USB tuner and a PCI->USB chip on the same PCB). I don't know why anyone would invent some proprietary standard.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Audio?

    Looks very very nice, *but*, where's the audio sockets? Simple audio in and out for speakers and a mic?

    Oh and can I get it with all the Open Office and Sky, Firefox,...Thunderbird, etc. that's supplied on the Eeepc?

    Oh and can it also lay flat?

  17. richard
    Stop

    is that wood?

    is it made of old matchsticks or what? and with a hint of apple's mac mini..and what is the actual point of this when compared to their laptops? eh?

  18. TimBiller
    Black Helicopters

    @Giles

    Giles,

    FWIW I completely agree with you.

    However, beware the fate of those who have the audacity to state obvious facts related to how much we pay here in the UK versus everywhere else will only result in corrective statements from people with nothing better to do that point out that 1) we pay VAT 2) they pay sales tax and 3) by the time you add the shipping costs actually the differential isn't actually worth the airfare.

    Just so you know ...

    Tim

  19. Christian Berger Silver badge

    potential Mac Mini killer

    Wow, that actually might be a Mac Mini killer. You'd finally have a small working computer. The only thing I don't like is that stand.

  20. Tim Schomer
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    What you might be mistaking for a tuner socket...

    ...is probably the DC power input socket (that is unless that pretty metal stand doubles as an inductive power pickup) I suspect the audio in/out is probably under that alledged flap at the front.

    It'd also be interesting to see if it's real wood it's coated with or just wood print tacky back plastic (in that case you could probably get any finish your heart could possibly desire).

  21. Andy
    Unhappy

    how disappointing

    I've been waiting for more details of the ebox since I first heard rumours that Asus were producing a desktop model of the Eee (I've had a 701 since last November) but honestly so far it doesn't impress me...

    From the details I've seen so far the MSI wind desktop looks like a more promising machine for my usage.

    Guess we'll have to wait for production versions of both to be able to compare them properly though.

  22. smell fresher
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    Woooowoo

    "Now they just need to replace the white plastic with brass. Possibly add a steam whistle."

    Brass and a steam whistle?... If I owned a computer manufacturing company you'd be my head designer!

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    price

    To all those quibbling about the price, if you import a new one then you'll get hit for import duty too.

    I recently imported a device that cost me £350, but after VAT and import duty, it ended up being £470. Not quite the deal I thought it was.

  24. Anonymous Coward
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    replace them power hungry Desktops now peak oil era is here

    The point is to replace them power hungry Desktops (that have screens) now peak oil era is here! Take in mind a PC costs about 1 ton of co2 and that before you switch it on.

  25. jubtastic1

    CD/DVD?

    I don't see a slot.

    Wood looks cool though, with the stand I'm reminded of a 70's era TV

  26. Derek
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    TV tuner connection

    I think the tv tuner connection is more likely a S-Video or composite, or even component connection for a TV that does have a DVI connection.

    I Love it but for a sale from me it has to be around the £200 mark and no more

  27. Lime Smoothie
    Unhappy

    Does wood more good.....

    I'm not buying something that I have to creosote every summer.

    Seriously, what is with the wood effect? Is it to blend in with the laminate flooring of the expected buyers?

  28. Studebacher Hoch
    Go

    wood?

    that's bamboo

  29. Vendicar Decarian
    Boffin

    Emergent Technology

    A wonderfully compact design that shows how a reduction in a key factor like CPU power utilization results in a form factor revolution.

    Lower power consumption = losing the bulky power supply, and the cooling equipment, CPU fan, etc.

    You should be able to run the thing for a couple of weeks, off of a LEAD Acid pile kept under your desk, months if you include the energy generated by opeining your office door, shuffling your feet and swivling your chair left and right.

    I preseme the laptop version of the EE PC has the video backlighting as it's primary power consumption load.

  30. zeke
    Coat

    Asus also has Splashtop

    Any reason why no mention of the Asus instant on option?

    All Asus motherboards as well as some laptop series will have the Splashtop instant-on option, which is embedded Linux.

    5 seconds boot time and you are in a stripped down Linux with Firefox, Skype, IM and a photoviewer. For people who are going online to check their emails regularly, this is amazing.

    For decades, we have been complaining about slow boot time.

    This lets you bypass that and should be a huge selling point.

    Call it a green technology if you want to make it seem sexier!

  31. spegru
    Happy

    TV Tuner

    For TV, all you need is a USB slot and one of those DVB sticks that you can get for around 30 quid. USB is generally more compact than your average TV aerial.

    Most of them work in linux too!

  32. Thomas Silver badge

    Mac Mini killer?

    I was under the impression that the Mac Mini is a very poor seller.

  33. greybadger
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    XBMC

    Stick an IR receiver and a TOSLINK (or just HDMI port) and we could have had a ideal XMBC machine.

  34. Seán

    DVI to HDMI

    DVI to hdmi is just a question of using an adapter cable hdmi is DVI plus a few extra bits for sound and control. Haven't seen a dvi + audio -> hdmi yet.

  35. paul
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    Mythtv Frontend

    Cheap , quiet , low power and small.

  36. James Prior
    Unhappy

    Looks just like ..

    .. a thin client.

    And if you buy a decent enough HP terminal (other brands available) the specification and price isn't anything that new or unusual either.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    special port?

    "there's an external antenna that fits onto a special port on the back of the unit."

    As in, a STANDARD connector, or something proprietary?

    "The one at the bottom is an SPDif digital optical connector."

    Is it the mini version? Why didn't they go for the more common larger connector? Saves us having to use

    No PS/2, not that much of a problem these days... 2 usb, mmmm... keyboard, mouse... LOSE. Yes there are some on the front but come on, front should be closed most the time. And what about speakers, always plugged into the front? very clever.

    Would be funky though with bluetooth keyboard/mouse and maybe even some wireless speakers.

    Probably no chance of this playing HD media I assume? Audio over DVI?

  38. Snert Lee

    thin client?

    Wonder if it can do some sort of RDP Windows Terminal Server client? Might be in interesting alternate to all the SunRay boxes we have around here.

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