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Hi, this is Dave Altavilla for Hot Hardware, thanks for stopping by. You know ASUS made a big splash in the market earlier this year with their ETC line of ultra light, ultra affordable notebooks and they’ve been building out their product offering ever since with all kinds of new flavor’s. Today we’re gonna take a look at the desktop variant, the Eee box from ASUS and apparently taking a look at his thing, tiny its definitely tasty. Today, we’re specifically going to take a look at an Eee box B 202 which is built upon an Intel Adam N 270 processor with a gig of DDR TWO 400 system memory and a two and a half inch 80 GB Seagate hard drive.
We’ve also got built in 80211 and wireless and this machine are pretty configured with Windows XP Home edition. On the front of the system, you can see there’s a door that conceals a number of features available to the user. Here we have hard drive indicator light, power switch, ST and MMC memory card slot, USB ports, headphone and microphone jack. Now on the back side of the system you can see we have a standard WIFI antenna, 19V power jack for our AC adapter that comes with the system, it’s a very small power brick. DVI output, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, RJ 45 Ethernet port and a line out port.
On the top you can see we have some vents for some small fans inside the Eee box that are actually very quiet even under full load. And probably most interesting of all is this VISA 100 adapter plate which will allow you to mount the e Eee box in backside of any standard LCD monitor. Pretty handy and will tuck your Eee box out of the way nicely and so with it’s tiny form factor and ultra low profile we’re sure you’re all curious as to how the ASUS Eee box performs. So let’s take a look at a few quick highlights, First, Boot Time, recycle the power and actually if you’ll notice our Dell flat panel doesn’t even get a chance to sink up.
I’ll show you the post screen before we see the Windows XP boot loader and we did disable express gate in the BIOS because that does provide options and slow down the process. And we have a desktop so as you can see pretty quick and not to shabby for the ASUS Eee box on boot time and finally let’s take a look at standard windows navigation and application load time performance. I’ll also fire up some high definition digital video; I’ll show you how the Eee box handles that as well.
First let’s take a look at Internet Explorer, as you can see loads up our hardware pretty well, about as fast as the average desktop PC over a standard cable connection. The Adobe Acrobat almost instantaneous, express also pretty snappy, let’s take a look at the high definition 720P resolution digital video clip. This is in full screen mode and as you can see the Eee box has no problem once the movie is cashed, playing this back. Let’s take a look at 1080P clip, a little bit more work for the Eee box, in full screen mode and as you can see trope, dropping frames and the e-box just isn’t up to the task of full 1080P resolution digital video, 720P is durable.
Now the standard configuration of the e-box that we tested is set to retail for an MSRP of 349 and will be available around August 12. Stop by the site for the full review, I’m Dave Altavilla for Hot Hardware thanks for stopping by.