Asustek has revealed details of a desktop version of its Eee PC, which is due to launch globally in July.
The Eee Box is a white mini-PC about the size of a hardback book and will come with either a Linux or Windows XP OS. It will be available in a range of configurations, including a choice of hard drives from 80GB to 250GB in size, and allow users to surf the internet wirelessly via 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The device comes with four USB ports, two each in front and back, and a slot for MMCs (Multimedia Cards), SD (Secure Digital) cards and Memory Sticks.
The most basic version of the device, which will come with an 80GB hard disk and run a Linux OS, will cost around NT$10,000 (£160) in Taiwan, an Asustek representative said. She declined to comment further on the device or its components.
The new desktop will be part of Asus' popular Eee PC family low-cost computers that allow people to access the internet wirelessly. The company set a target of shipping over 5 million Eee PC laptops this year, and said a shortage of laptop batteries was the only thing holding back sales.
Asustek has already launched several versions of the Eee PC since last year. The cheapest one runs on a Linux OS from Xandros, has a 7in screen, carries 2GB of NAND flash memory for storage and sells from around £200 in the UK. The company launched its latest version last month, the Eee PC 900, which boasts an 8.9in screen, an Intel Celeron M microprocessor, and runs on either Linux or Windows XP.
The Eee PC has become popular for its low price, small size and weight, which is less than 1kg.