Asus hopes consumers impressed by the positive feedback about Windows 7 will be on the scout for a powerful new PC in a tiny box.
The Asus Eee Box EB1501 runs Microsoft's brand-new Windows 7 operating system off an Intel Atom N330 dual-core processor with nVidia ION graphics and, despite costing a modest £399, offers HDMI high-definition video support.
The Eee Box EB1501 hooks up to an external screen, so you'll need to factor that in to the overall price. However, Asus says the use of the nVidia ION CPU leads to a 70 percent reduction in power consumption over a standard desktop processor, so there's a saving to made in use. The ION processor is seen as the missing link to enable netbook computers to support HD graphics.
The specification list we've seen for the EB1501 includes a 250GB hard disk, 2GB of RAM, 802.11n wireless and a slot-loading DVD writer. Asus is pushing the convenience of this DVD drive over a consumer DVD player and also touts the Eee Box's 5.1 Surround Sound audio crendetials and its built-in media center functions of Windows 7 Home Premium.
The Eee Box PC, which weighs 1.2kg and is 193mm square and 39mm thick is set to go onsale in the UK in early November.