Asus EeeBox EB1501 Nettop with Ion Graphics, DVD Slot and 1080p HDMI
Ok Asus, great job, but Windows 7? I’m a Linux head so I won’t be overly impressed by that, but the hardware specs are nice, with an Intel Atom N330 Dual Core processor and NVIDIA ION graphics platform and a macbook-style slot-load optical disc drive (DVD-RW no Blue-ray) to stream 1080p to that big fat LCD.
Also, the EB1501 is pretty darn connected, from everything from 6 USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, an eSATA connection for external drives, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a nice Gigabit Ethernet link. S/PDIF output also gives you 5.1 dolby audio.
Energy efficiency is all the rage these days, using 70% less power than an average desktop PC. This little balancing box is set to hit the streets of Europe and US from October 22nd, allowing it to come bundled with the new Windows 7 OS, no official word concerning pricing, we can expect it to be around the $600 USD mark (£367/€400).
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