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Asus Eee Box - The desktop version
spielentwickler 
3/9/08 7:16:52 PM
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http://www.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=11854

Interesting indeed.

It looks though like it's just a power and space optimised system. This page is showing 80GB hdd, but mentions express gate, so I'm guessing it's magnetic, not ssd, which is disappointing. But then, I could be wrong. Still, Express Gate itself is customisable itself now isn't it?

I'm also disappointed it only seems like it's going to be available with XP Home. I'd have been much more interested if it was a custom Linux desktop again, perhaps focussed more on a better desktop experience, in the same way the Eeepc tried to improve on the laptop experience. Or at least, simplify it.

I'd like to see some more technical details. I'll keep looking...

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tantryl 
3/9/08 7:26:31 PM
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http://techreport.com/articles.x/15234

Looks good to me.

SSD is overrated, most of the ones included in the sub-notebooks are slower and actually use more energy than an 80GB 5400rpm platter drive and of course the cost per GB is leagues ahead. Sure, SSD will certainly overtake good ole spinny platters eventually, but in the low end market it's just not a good buy.

*EDIT* Although I had hoped they'd include a basic slim laptop style DVD burner with it. No optical drive makes it not that competitive against cheap laptops.


Edited by tantryl: 3/9/2008 7:30:21 PM

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spielentwickler 
3/9/08 7:31:48 PM
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Fair call tantryl, I guess I got a but hung up on the hype.

Moving parts aren't such a problem on a desktop pc either, as they aren't exactly moved very often.

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aliali 
4/9/08 5:39:26 PM
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Ye been looking at them, especially if a 160 or 250Gb 2.5" hdd can be fitted.
Would make a nice little headless seedbox or similar.

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