Asus Eee Box B202 review

£196
Price when reviewed

The Eee Box is still a very, very cheap PC, though, which will appeal to schools and libraries. For web browsing and basic word processing it’s more than capable, and of course it can be added to existing monitors with ease – attaching it to the back of a screen is also a simple way of reducing the chances of it being damaged or fiddled with by wandering hands.

But will it appeal to most users? It’s comfortably the cheapest desktop we’ve reviewed, but a quick look at Dell’s website shows it’s certainly not the cheapest out there. Amazingly, a Vostro 200 PC with a Pentium Dual-Core CPU, 2GB of RAM and an optical drive would actually cost you less than the Eee Box, and that’s including Dell’s rip-off shipping fees.

The Eee Box is also not the status symbol the first Eee PC was – you won’t be able to whip it out on the train to show what a trend-setter you are. And when you consider you’re getting all the disadvantages of the Eee PC (poor performance, no optical drive, small hard disk) without the main advantage (portability) we just can’t see the Eee Box gaining the mainstream appeal of its laptop sibling.

Warranty

Warranty 2 year(s) collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 80
RAM capacity 1.00GB
Screen size N/A

Processor

CPU family Intel Atom
CPU nominal frequency 1.60GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0

Memory

Memory type DDR2

Graphics card

3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 950
Graphics card RAM 250MB
DVI-I outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Hard disk

Capacity 80GB
Hard disk usable capacity 80GB
Internal disk interface SATA
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive N/A
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model N/A
Resolution screen horizontal N/A
Resolution screen vertical N/A
Resolution N/A x N/A
Pixel response time N/A
Contrast ratio N/A
Screen brightness N/A
DVI inputs N/A
HDMI inputs N/A
VGA inputs N/A
DisplayPort inputs N/A

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Peripherals N/A

Case

Case format Mini ITX
Dimensions 16 x 178 x 223mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 4
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 0

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard N/A

Operating system and software

OS family Windows XP

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 17W
Peak power consumption 20W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 0.38
Office application benchmark score 0.49
2D graphics application benchmark score 0.25
Encoding application benchmark score 0.39
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.39
3D performance (crysis) low settings 0fps
3D performance setting High

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