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ASUS EeeBox B208
EeeBox B208 may be the ideal small form factory HTPC

The netbook ushered in the era of low coast ultra-portable notebooks for the masses and many consumers have jumped on the bandwagon. After the massive sales that netbooks were able to generate, manufacturers like ASUS starting putting the cheap netbook hardware inside machines meant for the desktop in an effort to create small form factor systems for desktop users.

While the nettop systems haven't proved to be that popular with consumers, one place where a properly configured nettop could do very well is as an HTPC. The catch is that a HTPC connected to a big screen is typically expected to output HD video. ASUS is set to launch a new EeeBox PC B208 coming in June that will not only offer HD capability, but will feature discrete graphics and HDMI-out reports Engadget.

ASUS offers some specs for the B208 on its website and the device is similar to the other EeeBox nettops with HD capability DailyTech covered in December 2008. The B208 runs an Intel Atom 330 CPU and offers 2GB of RAM. With 2GB of RAM, the machine uses Windows Vista Home Basic rather than Windows XP. Storage for the machine ranges from 160GB to 320GB and graphics are via ATI Radeon HD 4530. Wi-Fi is integrated along with a memory card reader and Bluetooth. Outputs include HDMI and DVI-D with an adapter. The little HTPC also features S/PDIF out.

ASUS ships the machine with a multimedia remote control for operation for the comfort of the couch. The power supply for the machine is a 36-watt unit and ASUS claims that the computer emits only 26dB of sound.

Engadget expects the machine to retail for around $500.

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RE: For $500 it should do HTPC functions
By afkrotch on 4/23/2009 12:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
So you're saying pay more for a Mac to do the same thing or build a larger XPC box to do the same thing.

Last I checked, we were complaining about the price.

RE: For $500 it should do HTPC functions
By VooDooAddict on 4/23/2009 2:22:37 PM , Rating: 3
Last I checked, we were complaining about the price.

I took his point to be more along the lines of:

"If I'm paying $500, I might as well pay $600 and have an (arguably) more capable Mac Mini, or for around the same price build a larger, but much more powerful Shuttle XPC."

I tend to agree.

Like many others, I think this would be a good buy for some at @ $300. But @ $500 this is more expensive then many full desktops from HP/Dell/Acer at Fry's and Best Buy.

By afkrotch on 4/23/2009 2:59:47 PM , Rating: 2
While the Mac Mini has more power, I feel the XPC would make a much wiser choice if you wanted something more in an HTPC.

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