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ASUS Eee Box EBXB202-BLK-X0023 Desktop PC Intel Atom N270 (1.60GHz) 1GB DDR2 80GB HDD Windows XP Home

  • Intel Atom N270 (1.60GHz)
  • 1GB DDR2 80GB HDD
  • Windows XP Home
  • Intel GMA 950
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 12/11/2008 5:52:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Basic Desktop

Pros: You can hardly call this a desktop. Actually, it comes with a bracket so you can attach it to the back of an LCD Flat Screen Monitor. The specs for XP operating system are just fine. A great unit if you want to avoid VISTA and are just going to use it for email and internet searches. Don't rely on this as your "workhorse" computer, but rather as a good back up or extra unit for other family members. It comes with MS Works (does not include MS Word). If you need to go back and forth in Word occasionally, a "workaround" is possible without buying the MS Word software.

Cons: You need to have a full understanding of what you want and what you want the computer to do.

Other Thoughts: You can find comparable entry level units (I saw an e-Machines at Walmart with comparable specs and Windows XP for the same price, for example) but if size matters, this is a great unit. I have it on top of the desk next to an old 19" monitor and printer-scanner. Bottom line, cons are minimal.

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  • Joseph M.
  • 11/28/2008 1:06:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsnot bad

Pros: cheap, preloaded ready to roll, portable, did I mention cheap, solid construction, great mouting for rear of LCD monitor, does all the basics very well

Cons: not real powerful but hey, less than $300 what do you expect

Other Thoughts: its a great little box - i strapped it to my Hanng-G 19" monitor and, boom, instant portable pc. i might load linux on it and see if i can get more performance from it!

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  • Richard C.
  • 11/21/2008 4:06:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost, But Not Quite

Pros: 5 eggs for general computing like internet, email, spreadsheets, word processing, music streaming, picture viewing, etc. Boots fast. No crapware. Small, quiet, and stays cool to the touch. More than enough computer for casual users.

Cons: 3 eggs for video streaming over the internet. It's too bad that Intel decided to pair the Atom with their GMA950 video processor. Will not play hi def streams from Hulu. Even standard def stutters a little. I believe the GMA950 will only share a maximum of 128mb of system memory.

Other Thoughts: I bought this in the hopes that it would be a media center extender on steroids. It's not a whole lot more expensive than the Linksys or similar extenders. I have a few more TVs that I want to outfit but I'll wait until they improve the video performance before I buy another. As Maxwell Smart would say, "missed by that much"

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  • Paul F.
  • 11/18/2008 8:03:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect Point of Sale Business System

Pros: Very Quiet. Mounts to back of LCD monitor with included bracket. Easily removable hard drive cage (2 screws) Option to disable "Express Gate" in BIOS. Only 20 Watts of power. Stays cool to the touch. Wireless.

Cons: Keyboard and mouse are worthless - mouse is the "travel" type micro size - way to small for day-to-day use. Keyboard is very cheap. Not enough USB ports (8 would be nice). Glossy black case shows every fingerprint and grease mark.

Other Thoughts: I am using these as point of sale systems in a business and they are perfect size. Any other system with these features and size would be double the price. Removed WinXP Home and installed new copy of XP Pro from scratch. All drivers are available from ASUS web site. SP3 installs fine without any glitches (so far). Wish Asus had XP Pro as an option - no big deal. White case should stay cleaner looking than the black one. Wireless is nice touch. Asus could wipe out the competition if they refined some features and sold as a cheap business computer destop replacement. Attached to the back of a LCD monitor you wouldn't even know its there.

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  • UWE R.
  • 11/18/2008 6:25:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNice but slow hard drive

Pros: Tiny footprint and very quiet and unobtrusive. I bought a full-size external DVD burner and am using that as the base for the entire machine, which works out very nicely. Performance is quite good, about on par with my old Athlon XP 2700+, and the graphics performance is also surprisingly good.

Cons: The stock drive feels terribly sluggish, applications take a lot longer to load initially than I expected. Firefox takes as long as 20 seconds to load, and in general anything that accesses the hard drive feels hesitant. I checked and the drive is a 5400 RPM Seagate with a 2MB buffer. I ordered a WD 7200 RPM drive with a 16MB buffer (as well as 2GB of RAM), I'm hoping this will perk up performance a bit. I wish they had included a better drive so extra purchases aren't necessary.

The other thing is that the box really needs at least four USB ports in the back. Considering keyboard and mouse take up the two existing ones, there's nothing left for a DVD burner, printer or DSL modem, or any other permanent peripheral. Sure, a hub will fix that, but another two ports wouldn't have killed them.

Other Thoughts: Considering that you're essentially getting a complete computer for $280, that's quite a deal. You'd have to spend a fair bit more to get something comparable from most other vendors, and then you'd have a big ugly box sitting on the floor. This is the perfect machine to give to your parents or even use yourself, unless you're into heavy video encoding.

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  • Steven L.
  • 11/3/2008 8:29:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVersatile lil XP box

Pros: 20W at max load for the <i>entire</i> PC.
The cheapest way to get an OEM supported PC and clean install of Windows XP; I call it the last vestage of pure XP processing power.
Hyper-threading
Perfect for emulation up to N64 despite that the video card is an Intel GMA950.
included DVI to VGA convert works flawlessly and screws into both the EEEBox and the VGA female connector can screw into the DVI/VGA convertor.
``Run's VMWare 6 Ubuntu and Windows 2000 at the same time like a beast within Windows XP SP2 (giving only 1 processer/hyperthreading path to each OS seperately to ensure this, and 1GB is plenty for XP)
``ASUS OEM Windows XP SP2 restore DVD included, unlike many OEMs who just make a partition on the hard drive.
``the OEM XP install does not contain a bunch of bloatware, so your hardware runs to it's full potential. (I formatted the C: partition and restored it after having it for about a week just to confirm it was the same experience out of the box as well as the Restore

Cons: no old school PS/2 ports even though the mouse came with a USB to PS/2 converter, to me that is a con because `I hoped I could use all 4 USB ports at will since I have an `MBox 2 that is USB powered and Sony DVDRW and `Maxtor 160GB USB2 hdd, but it's overlookable since I switch my USB HDD and DVDRW off at will and do not run VMWare or the DVDRW while recording.
`no other cons, I investigated the chipsets of lil mini box thoroughly and get exactly what I expected.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this since 2008/September 9th, today is November 4th. I am very satisfied.
`Card reader is connected via FireWire.
`even though the HDD is 5400RPM (likely to keep temperature low in compact area) it is quite fast and the whole EEEBox is completely silent.
AGP 4/8x bandwidth does not mean dedicated GPU via AGP performance, but I knew it would do pretty poor even with Warcraft III (circa 2002/2003), worse than a GF2/128MB of RAM even; due to the GMA945/950 not having Hardware T&L,
`but I expected this and it actually runs N64 and older games very nicely as I expected, which is why I wanted this.
NBA Live 2005 even runs at full resolution with all the goodies which to me is a personal bonus, as it's a classic edition to me and my friends.
`I bought this with a Sony DVDRW and I'm very pleased.
`Easily read/write to USB external HDD and burn a DVD at the same time [I used 80MB ultrabuffer (DVDRW feature) w/included Nero w/Sony DVDRW to ensure I could USB multi-tasking]

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  • Cornelius C.
  • 11/1/2008 5:46:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome little box

Pros: Small. Like really small. Quiet. Really really quiet. Pretty zippy considering what's under the hood. Great fit and finish.

Cons: Included keyboard and mouse bite. Big time. Enormous amount of stickers. Packaging should have been smaller. Wish the rectifier was built in instead of having a power brick.

Other Thoughts: IMO Asus should have dropped the included keyboard and mouse. I can't see how anyone will ever use them. They could have dropped the price $5 by not including them. They also need to figure out how to cut down on the stickers. The entire right panel is plastered in them.

I'm using this PC in an office environment where the primary programs are Office 2007 and QuickBooks Online. The performance is on par with my old Athlon X2 system. Couldn't be happier!

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  • Jeb W.
  • 10/30/2008 8:35:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value!

Pros: Fantastically small, very quiet, full featured, extremely low power usage. Perfect for those simple Point of sale or workstation apps that don't need much processing, but are on ALL the time, and space is an issue. I bought these for reservation machines for my restaurant and love them. I love how the wireless is built in!

Cons: no cd rom. If you want to install 3rd party software that isn't available online, you have to transfer it to a flash drive or do it over the network which isn't the easiest for some. It's also not the fastest machine in the world. If you're looking for a powerhouse machine with incredible graphics performance and fast processing, you'll want to look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: Good basic machine - fulfills its goals of space saver and energy saver.

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  • Sharon D.
  • 10/13/2008 1:44:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Eco-box

Pros: Free keyboard an mouse.
Supremely small desktop footprint and built in wireless makes this an easy to hide machine while still providing a powerful machine.
Built-in SD card slot can be used for bootable software, tested with Ubuntu 8.04 livecd hacked SD image.
Hard drive is easily removable in contained carriage after removing two difficult screws from the bottom of the unit, assisting in external imaging or copying procedures.
VESA mounting bracket included (see cons).

Cons: Free keyboard and mouse are not wireless.
No CD drive does make it difficult to install external software without a local shared file system available.
On-board video did not seem to have compatible driver with Ubuntu 8.04 livecd drivers so no GUI available for installation (hopefully 8.10 will have the necessary drivers).
Case is counter-intuitive for heavy modification and discourages exploring hardware.
VESA mounting requirements were not popular among readily available LCD units I could find.

Other Thoughts: Overall the positives of this system have far out-weighed the negatives. The small footprint makes it ideal for out of the way systems but still offering the user ample power to perform every day tasks. It's not a powerhouse so no transcoding DVD's while streaming movies and blasting IM's but it can handle a few moderate applications multitasked without too much strain. All peripherals work as expected with zero difficulty with any external hardware I tested. Some difficulty may be encountered using the VESA mounting bracket so ensure if you intended to mount this to an LCD that you LCD is compliant with the necessary mounting hardware without interfering with any other required stands or mounting hardware (Dell monitors presented issues).

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  • Bryan M.
  • 10/2/2008 5:12:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEEEBox Awesome "little" box

Pros: Super Quiet
Express Gate works great!
Wonderful XP loading from ASUS just what you need.
Open Office preloaded

Cons: Keyboard is tiny and feels cramped
Mouse is small laptop style mouse did not fit hand well.

Other Thoughts: I bought this computer to explore the new Intel Atom processor. Let me tell you if you need to do video editing and gaming do not get this box. Tried to load 3D Mark 06 box just froze up. (This box was not designed for that type of app. This is in NO WAY a black mark on this device. It states on the Intel website this processor IS NOT for advanced processor functions.) However if you just need a quick, stable well built, space saving box to use for email and internet this is a must. I hooked this up to my 1TB drive and watch all my movies and TV shows on it while surfing the internet it works GREAT! The only thing I have changed is that I did not like the keyboard and mouse that came with this device. I now have a wireless keyboard/mouse installed.

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