Eee Box B204 and B206 get HDMI out and discrete graphics

ASUS has hit pay dirt with its Eee line of netbooks that proved so successful that the company started to add products to the line and branch out into other product categories. One of the products added to the Eee brand was the Eee Box.

ASUS has announced that it will update its Eee Box with the ability to enjoy hardware-accelerated HD content output to LCD TVs. ASUS claims that its newly announced Eee Box B204 and B206 computers are the world's smallest desktop PCs with HD capability.

The new Eee Box models offer HDMI output making it easy to send HD content to flat screen TVs. Both of the computers also ship with a wireless remote control to allow browsing of content from across the room. The B204 and B206 feature discrete graphics cards with a high definition hardware video decoder.

Both of the systems support 802.11b/g/n connectivity and the B204 has Bluetooth integrated. The operating system on both machines is Windows XP Home and both use the Intel Atom N270 processor. Graphics for the systems is via ATI's Radeon HD 3400 series and each has 1GB of RAM. The B206 system lacks Bluetooth that is offered on the B204.

Onboard audio for both systems is the Realtek ALC662 Azalia codec. A quartet of USB ports, Gigabit LAN port, and HDMI out is available on both machines. The B204 also features a built-in battery that performs the same function as an uninterruptable power supply.

Pricing and availability for the machines are unknown.

The first Eee Box specifications were unveiled in June.

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