The launch of ASUS’ Eee Box in Malaysia, it was one of those event that I try my best not to miss. I missed the Nokia N96 launch the other day (check it out at Jason a.k.a. smashpOp’s place).
Back to the Eee Box. What is it?
Fulfilling the needs of users who require a stylish, low-power computer with a minimal footprint, ASUS, producer of the world renowned Eee PC™, releases the new Eee Box. Replacing today’s bulky and boring PCs, users can refresh their working environment with a compact, elegant solution. With a range of exciting novelties, the Eee Box offers amazing journeys where users learn, work and play – all in line with the Eee PC™’s main tenet of easy use.
At The Apartment
The ASUS Eee Box Launch was held yesterday evening (18th September) at The Apartment, the uniquely done restaurant at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara. I think I was one of the few early birds there, so here’s a few clear shots of the booth and the presentation stage.
More of Eee Box
Right, enough about the venue. Let’s look at the Eee Box.
|OS||Microsoft Windows XP Home|
|CPU||Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz)|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel 945 Express|
|DIMM||DDR2 SO-DIMM 1 GB|
|HDD||80 GB 2.5″ Hard Disk|
|Card Reader||SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/MMC|
|USB Slots||4x – 2 front, 2 rear|
|Dimension||223 x 178 x 26 mm (without stand)|
|Weight||1 Kg (without stand)|
|Silent Operation||Yes, ~26 db|
|VESA Mount||75/100 Standard|
|Power Consumption||~20 watt|
|Colors Available||White, Black, Green, Red|
|Suggested Retail Price||RM 1,099|
As you can see there are more details in the table above than what’s available at the ASUS press release 😀 Well that’s why I was there, to find out more about the product.
ASUS gave all their guests an Eee Box pamphlet with updated details. Of course, I also gathered more details as I spoke to ASUS’ product specialist, Michael Ku.
So you must be thinking, is the system upgradeable? Yes. You could replace the 80GB 2.5″ hard disk should you need bigger space. It also comes with 2x DDR slots, and supporting up to 2GB. 🙂
No bundled optical drive or floppy disk drive, you could use external versions of such devices should you ever need them.
The event started at around 6.30pm with a few speakers and their speech, introducing both ASUS and their latest product – the Eee Box.
After that, a short and entertaining presentation of how Eee Box could affect lifestyle.
This was then followed by a photo session.
And of course, part of the crowd were still having hands-on session with the Eee Box(es) that were on display. It’s not exactly light weight though, I felt that the Eee PC was lighter, probably because the Eee PC uses SSD while the Eee Box uses a 2.5″ hard disk, and perhaps a copper heat-sink too. Besides that, I think the weight is just right for the Eee Box. The weight made it decently sturdy while still being lighter than most laptops.
OK, Bye Bye
We didn’t left the place empty-handed. Besides the door-gift from ASUS, our stomachs were not left unattended as dinner was served buffet style.
My Thoughts On The Eee Box
I like it very much. I’m actually considering acquiring a unit to replace my file and print server.
And if I have the budget, I’ll probably get another Eee Box to pair with an Acer X153W LCD monitor. 🙂 After that, I’ll just need to figure out which part of the house could use a PC. 😛 Probably the kitchen.
I also think that it’s great for office work PC. With only around 20 watt power consumption, small and having more than enough RAM, storage space and processing power for anyone to surf the Internet and mess with office productivity applications.