Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Sep 2008 20:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The Eee Box is the latest addition to the Eee family, and this article takes a closer look at setting up and using the Eee Box. "Unless you've had your head in the sand for the past several months, you've probably heard of Asus' line of Eee PC laptops - low-cost, ultra-portable laptops with solid-state hard disk drives. Over the past several months, the Eee PC has evolved. Newer laptop models come with Linux as well as Windows XP Home, standard hard disk drives, and even the new Intel Atom processor. Now, we have a desktop version of the Eee PC - the Eee Box. Here, I will detail the unpacking and initial setup of an Eee Box unit using text and images."
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EEE desktop - wrong implementation
by rif42 on Thu 11th Sep 2008 07:10 UTC
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2005-11-20

Asus EEE notebook was a nice idea. Small enough just to carry it around the house or take along on vacation. Cheap enough that it would be a total disaster if it gets crushed or lost in your travel luggage. Rugged without harddisk and CPU fan, so less worry about mechanical component failures.

Now Asus makes a minimal desktop PC. I like a compact box but making it this tiny is not a good idea.

- When the box is small you get more problems with heat dissipation unless you run the CPU/components below spec.
- A desktop PC but there is no DVD drive and even worse there is no space to fit one in, so you can only add it as external drive - just more desk clutter.
- Hard disk is 2.5", good if you need to carry it around, but on desktop PC 3.5" hard disk can be cheaper, faster and have much more space for the same money.

My vote for minimal desktop/living-room PC will be rather be an ITX or similar standard form factor.

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