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ASUS Eee Box Mini Desktop PC - Getting hands on with the EeeBox

ASUS has expanded its Eee range of products with the new EeeBox. We take the time to see what we can do with it.

By: | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 19, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: ASUS

Getting hands on with the EeeBox


Since I hadn't had a chance to play with the new Intel Atom processor before, I wasn't really sure what to expect. While 1.6GHz is considered pretty low to the general computer enthusiast, when Intel first launched the Core series at a similar speed we all ended up pretty surprised at what it was capable of.


So with expectations a little bit all over the place, it was time to power on the EeeBox. We quickly find ourselves in Windows and staring at a pretty standard Windows XP desktop. Thanks to this particular unit doing the rounds to a few other people already, we had a number of applications already installed which was handy since I didn't have a USB ROM drive handy.


It was time to take the unit for a spin; first I fired up internet explorer and checked out everyones favorite tech website, I then proceeded to set it as the start page so the next reviewer could be greeted with the same awesome site.


Cruising the net on a whole was all pretty effortless; it's not exactly the most intensive thing for me, but for people who just want to do a bit of email and cruise some websites, the EeeBox is looking like a perfect companion.


Next, it was time to check out Office and see how we go. Firing up this review, I started to write on it. Again, there wasn't anything wrong with it, everything was pretty responsive. Since I was also using a 24" monitor outputting 1920 x 1200, I had a fair bit of desktop real estate so it was time to fire up an XVID movie and see if I could watch something in the background. Not to any real surprise, the EeeBox handled the whole multi-tasking process pretty well.


Feeling pretty confident with what the EeeBox could do, it was time to see how it went with some higher def content. Firing up a 1080P movie had us greeted with a very chunky picture. Not being able to handle 1080P, it was time to see how we went with 720P. While it was looking a lot better, it wasn't smooth. What I found was 100MB sample files would run ok but the 4GB+ movie files wouldn't run as smooth. That's a bit disappointing as the unit would make a great little media center. Unfortunately it just wasn't meant to be, so I continued on my way using it as an office machine.


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