Asus EeeBox PC
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|Developer||ASUSTeK Computer Inc.|
|Operating system||Linux (Xandros), Windows XP, Windows 7|
|Power||External 19 V DC, 65 W Adaptor. Average consumption is 20 W.|
|CPU||Intel Atom N270 or Intel Atom 330, AMD E350 or E450|
|Display||HDMI, DVI or VGA|
|Graphics||Intel GMA 950, ATI Radeon HD 4530, or nVidia GeForce 9400M G|
4-6 USB 2.0 ports
SD Flash Memory card reader
DVI output, S/PDIF output, HDMI output
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Asus EeeBox PC (formerly Asus Eee Box) is a nettop computer line from ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, and a part of the Asus Eee product family. First released on August 11, 2008, the Asus EeeBox PC series is marketed as a small, light, inexpensive and energy-efficient counterpart to the Asus Eee PC netbook / subnotebook laptop series. Its motherboard employs Splashtop technology called Express Gate by Asus.
The EeeBox PC motherboard features a form of embedded Linux, referred to in the user manual as Express Gate, a result of the ASUS SplashTop software. In the EeeBox PC implementation, the user is presented with a customised Linux desktop a few seconds after powering up the EeeBox PC, with the option of launching a web browser, an online chat application, a file manager, a photo browser or a Skype application, without having to load the main operating system. If the user does not select any of these options, the main operating system (typically Windows XP Home) loads automatically.
Low power consumption
The EeeBox PC uses an external power supply, but due to the low power requirements, this unit is physically smaller than most external computer laptop power supplies. At December 2008, the supplied UK power adapter is a small rectangular "in-line" block measuring approximately 30 mm × 35 mm wide, and around 90 mm long (not including cable stress relief grommets).
"Zero footprint" option
As of December 2008, the EeeBox PC comes with two mounting options, a desktop stand, and a monitor mounting. The monitor mounting option consists of a heavy plate with mounting holes at 100 mm and 75 mm spacings, designed to fit to the VESA 100 or VESA 75 mount area found on the back of many flat-screen monitors. When mounted on the back of a monitor, the EeeBox PC does not require any desk space. With the addition of a compatible USB "TV tuner" dongle the EeeBox PC can be used as a digital television adapter, and add both TV reception and recording facilities to a flat computer monitor.
Potential customers wishing to make use of this option should check that the VESA mounting holes on their monitor are not required for the monitor's own stand. Although the VESA mounting bracket is currently included as part of the standard UK EeeBox PC package (as of December 2008), it is listed in the user manual as an optional accessory.
The EeeBox PC hard drive has a hidden recovery partition containing an image of the factory OS installation. This allows the EeeBox PC's operating system to be reset to its initial factory state without the need for any external media or optical disc hardware (although conventional recovery discs are also included). The permanently embedded Linux system also guarantees a working graphical user interface and a certain degree of functionality (such as web browsing) even without a separate functioning operating system; on most computer systems, the only embedded functionality in this situation would be a very limited set of menu-driven BIOS commands.
|Model Number||Eee Box B201||Eee Box B202||Eee Box B203||Eee Box B204||Eee Box B206||Eee Box EB1006||Eee Box EB1007||Eee Box EB1012||Eee Box EB1012U||Eee Box EB1012P||Eee Box EB1020||Eee Box EB1021||Eee Box EB1501||Eee Box EB1501U||Eee Box EB1501P||Eee Box EB1502||Eee Box EB1503||Eee Box EB1033||Eee Box EB1035||Eee Box EB1037|
|Processor||Intel Celeron C220 (1.2 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)||Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 Cache)||Intel Celeron C220 (1.2 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)||Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 Cache)||Intel Atom D410 (1.67 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 Cache)||Intel Atom N330 (1.6 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 Cache)||Intel Atom D510 (1.67 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 Cache)||AMD Fusion C-50 (1.0 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)||AMD Fusion E350 (1.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)||Intel Atom N330 (1.6 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 Cache)||Intel Atom D525 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 Cache)||Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 Cache)||Intel Atom D2550 Dual Core 1.86GHz or Intel Atom D2700 Dual Core 2.13GHz|
|Memory||512 MB of DDR2-533 Expandable to 1 GB||1 GB of DDR2-533 SO-DIMM Expandable to 2 GB||1 GB of DDR2-800 SO-DIMM Expandable to 2 GB||2 GB of DDR2-800 SO-DIMM Expandable to 4 GB||1 GB / 2 GB / 4 GB of DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM||2 GB of DDR2-800 SO-DIMM Expandable to 4 GB||2 x SO-DIMM Slots, DDR2-800 1G||2 GB Up to 4 GB, 2 x SO-DIMM Slots, DDR3|
|Hard Drive||16 GB SSD Optional 160 GB SATA @ 5,400 RPM||80/160 GB SATA @ 5,400 RPM||250/320 GB SATA @ 5,400 RPM||250 GB SATA @ 5,400 RPM||250/320 GB SATA @ 5,400 RPM||160 GB SATA @ 5,400 RPM||320/500 GB SATA II @ 5,400 RPM|
|Graphics Processor||Intel GMA 950 graphics||ATI Radeon HD 3450||ATI Radeon HD 4530||Intel GMA 3150 graphics||nVidia ION||nVidia ION 2||ATI Radeon HD 6250||ATI Radeon HD 6310||nVidia ION||nVidia ION 2||nVidia ION-LE||NV GeForce 610M|
|Video Output||DVI-I||HDMI 1.3||VGA D-SUB||HDMI 1.3 and VGA D-SUB|
|Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports||4||6||4||6||4|
|SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports||n/a||2 (Front)||n/a||2 (Front)||n/a||2 (Front)|
|Common I/O Ports||3-in-1 card reader, headphone port, microphone port, power adapter connector, Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi antenna connector, SPDIF output||power adapter connector, Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi antenna connector, SPDIF output||3-in-1 card reader, headphone port, microphone port, power adapter connector, Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi antenna connector, SPDIF output, MCE Remote Control and built-in IR-receiver|
|Additional I/O Ports||n/a||1 eSATA||1 eSATA & Slot-in Super Multi DVD-RW|
Other EEE models
- Tech Report: ASUS's Eee Box B202 small form factor PC
- ASUS Debuts Desktop-Equivalent Eee PC
- AnandTech: ASUS Eee Box Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked