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ASUS Desktop PC Eee Box EBXB202-BLK-E0002 Intel Atom N270 (1.60 GHz) 1 GB DDR2 160 GB HDD Linux EZOS

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  • Intel Atom N270 (1.60 GHz)
  • 1 GB DDR2 160 GB HDD
  • Linux EZOS
  • Intel GMA 950

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  • Anthony Y.
  • 12/16/2009 6:11:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fully supported by Ubuntu.
Small size, fits in tight places
Hard drive is super easy to upgrade.
Fewer silly stickers plastered all over than the Windows version :)

Cons: EZOS leaves a lot to be desired - I had tried it briefly on my netbook, so didn't even bother on this - wiped it for Ubuntu right out of the box.
Blue power LED is brighter than it needs to be, and the hard drive access LED is even brighter - you can read by this thing in a dark room when active.
Lately I've been having some trouble with the power supply or internal circuitry - pressing the power button won't work to turn it on initially, but if I bump stuff around enough it will. Yet, it's never shut off once running, so I'm at a loss.
RAM is quite a bit harder to upgrade than the hard drive, but still possible.

Other Thoughts: I'm actually using this as a file server of all things, since it's low power, low noise, and low heat, so I can leave it on all the time.
Included packaging is way overkill.

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  • Daniel K.
  • 5/31/2009 11:27:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet, Compact, Low-Power System

Pros: * Low power consumption - about 23W
* Mounted easily on the back of my existing 19" LCD
* Power management support works flawlessly with S3 (suspend-to-RAM) under Linux
* Runs Linux Mint 6 (and now 7) very well
* Large hard disk
* Relatively inexpensive
* Quiet operation

Cons: * Very bright power LED which flashes under suspend mode (I put a piece of black electrical tape over the window in the front door to block it)
* Video playback is not always smooth
* I feel that the included EZOS is clunky - like many other reviewers I replaced it with a more full-featured Linux distribution

Other Thoughts: My main reason for purchasing the Eee Box B202 was to replace the 8-year old system that was in my kitchen. This system is strictly used to browse the web, control other systems, and perform basic tasks - no gaming or CPU-intensive tasks. Since the old system was consuming about 85W when on, the Eee Box will have "paid for itself" in savings on my electricity bill, in about 6 months or less. When waking from suspend-to-RAM this system is available within about 5 seconds from pressing a key or clicking the mouse.

Asus designed this to be a "space saver" - so the included keyboard and mouse are small - very small. I'm still using the keyboard - it has its quirks but I don't consider it a negative. I had to replace the mouse, because it is too tiny for my hands.

Note: I am not using the wireless Ethernet adapter in this system, but I suspect that it would work with Linux Mint 7 and Ubuntu 9.04.

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  • Art W.
  • 5/16/2009 9:45:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic for Linux portable server

Pros: Quieter than a similar Netbook. The fan is still quiet even under high CPU loads. Boots quickly. You can install any OS you want. Works well with Gentoo and Arch Linux. Hard drive upgrade is easy.

Cons: Included OS is interesting for a few minutes but essentially useless. Just use it's autoupdate feature to easily flash the latest BIOS then reformat and install another OS. Desk stand is goofy and makes the system squirm around whenever you touch it and also makes the system less portable. Included keyboard and mouse are a waste.

Other Thoughts: I am very happy with this purchase. But ASUS should cut down on the amount of packaging material used on these. I have never seen a such a small computer come with so much heavy cardboard. And since the keyboard and mouse are junk, you'll likely end up throwing them away too.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/6/2009 10:10:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRuns Ubuntu 9.04 flawlessly

Pros: - Cheap!
- Runs Ubuntu 9.04 flawlessly (even the wireless)
- Faster than I thought it would be.
- Overclocks easily and still runs cool.
- Quality build.
- Includes monitor mount!

Cons: - EZOS = garbage (ok for old people or young kids)

Other Thoughts: Bought several to be mounted on the back of Asus 19" monitors ($109 ea!) and run as KIOSKs at work. Very pleased so far. Ubuntu 9.04 loads just as fast as EZOS did, which was only a 250MB footprint. After overclocking it to 'Level3' which is actually 1.75Ghz and the video to 250Mhz, I noticed an improvement in web and office application performance. I highly recommend trying that in your BIOS.
Everyone who has stopped by and looked at it was impressed. The Asus monitors (also bought from Newegg) match perfectly with this tiny box. I love how once mounted with the included mount how small the overall footprint and look is. VERY snazzy. In case anyone who plans on installing Ubuntu 9.04 considers buying this, I used an external USB DVD drive and not a thumbdrive, although I'm sure it would work.

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  • Scott P.
  • 5/6/2009 7:29:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsRuns Windows 7 (Build 7100)

Pros: Installed and am running the new Windows 7 RC with a score of 2.3, not bad considering. Also Windows 7 looks like it will be much better than Vista when it's finally released. Did not have to do any driver updates, only one unknown device in device manager. It will mount to back of monitor, runs silent, can be overclocked, shows to have a dual-core, but not sure if that is what it is or if it's some kind of hyper-thread. Mine has 2 gigs of RAM installed, video in Windows 7 shows to be up to 256MB of shared RAM. Will run XP too. Total price with RAM is about 315 bucks. Runs much better than you might think. DVI input for monitor and SPDIF digital output for audio. Low power consumption.

Cons: Cheesy keyboard and mouse. Front door hinge will break very easily. Not a gamer PC. You could probably get more for your money with a full desktop system, but not sure how good it would be. Needs the firmware update for the auto power on after the electricity goes out. Too few USB ports, and they are 2 on the back and 2 on the front.

Other Thoughts: We bought 2 of these to use with projectors for permanent AV setups at work, one is mounted in the ceiling where you cannot get to it without getting into the ceiling, and is working great. I'm playing with Windows 7 on the second one now. If you combine this with a 150 buck monitor you would have a good internet, word processing, email PC for under 500.

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  • Nikolay S.
  • 3/12/2009 6:09:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good overall

Pros: Small, quiet, looks good, reasonably powerful

Cons: A hassle to enable wireless in Ubuntu
Would like HDMI video/audio output
Stock keyboard is a joke
Stock OS is a sad joke

Other Thoughts: Wireless card is a Ralink RT2790
Couldn't make Ubuntu use my TV as display, reverted back to Xandros. Will be trying again soon.
Ubuntu works fine with an LCD display; enabling wireless took some work.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/8/2009 8:18:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: * Very quiet
* Small and mounts to the back of most LCD screens, can't even tell it's there
* Large Hard drive
* RAM is easily upgradeable (for a techie)

Cons: * There are some problems with initializing certain LCDs, there is a BIOS update that fixes the problem on some of the LCDs but not all. The other work around is to use the DVI-to-VGA adapter that comes with the eee box.

* Not good for someone that likes to multi-task and have many applications running at the same time, sometimes the CPU just can't cut it. If you plan on using it for standard tasks such as browsing the internet, email, listening to music or watch movies(not all at the same time) it works great.

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  • Brian L.
  • 3/3/2009 7:22:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweeet.

Pros: Small form factor.
Freedom of Linux.
Bang for your buck.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I love my Eee PC 901, and it goes everywhere with me. This is basically the desktop version of that computer with a hard drive instead of a solid state drive. It's powerful enough for basic home computing, draws very little power and is very quiet. I used the VESA mount to attach it to the back of my 20" monitor. I love this little computer and will love it even more when the 2GB RAM upgrade I ordered yesterday arrives.

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  • Victor D.
  • 1/12/2009 12:12:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very small and looks really nice, with low energy consumption with enough storage for my shared files. Installed XP to use all the features from my multi-purpose printer and it works great over the network.

Cons: not a high end equipment but this is a given when looking at the specs. It's a bit sluggish with XP on it. It would be nice to have 2G of RAM if you want to do any actual work on it but it works just fine for browsing.

Other Thoughts: I use this as a printer/file server for my home network and due to the low energy consumption, I can leave it on all day and not worry about a high bill at the end of the month.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/4/2009 9:20:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice quiet device

Pros: * super quiet
* low power
* simple
* mmc card reader
* I bought this to be a low power file server for a home office. I replaced the Linux OS with which it came with OpenSuse 11.1.
* Tiny mouse - I'm going to take the EEE one for my laptop and use a regular one instead.

Cons: simple
Default linux GUI does not allow normal things like changing the background image, or opening an Xterm.
Comes with ssh but not sshd.
The plastic cover over the power button is cheap and flexible - I keep ripping it off the computer when I open it and have to put it back on.

Other Thoughts: I got the linux OS version. The GUI it came with I think would be a good system for someone like my grandmother. Limited options and everything works out of the box (network, wireless, etc). Perhaps the default linux OS would be good for a grade school where there is only one user and you don't want people to be able to change settings. You can CTRL-ALT-F3 to get to a tty, but there is only one username ("user") with no root login. You have to "sudo su -" to get to root. Once under the hood you many of the normal commands like "useradd."

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