Conclusion: Not quite as ground-breaking as Asus's Eee PC notebook, but the B202 is more than capable of performing basic PC tasks, and all for a double ton. Nice.
Pros: First things first, this costs just £200! That’s a bargain in anyone’s book, especially as it runs pretty fast for such a basic machine. That’s largely down to a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor. Rounding up the rest of the spec, you get 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a memory card reader and a quartet of USB 2.0 ports. It also runs quieter than a church mouse in church, with slippers on, smoking a pipe. Anyway, did we mention it costs...
Cons: So why the low price? Well, there's no mouse, keyboard or monitor for a start. The lack of optical drive could also prove a problem for some people. Graphics too, aren’t much cop, mainly because there’s no dedicated GPU inside. And as for looks... well, it's not exactly Agyness Deyn.
Summary: As likeable as Asus' previous versions of the EeeBox and Acer's Revo have been, there's never quite been a compelling case for inviting a 'netbox' into your home. They make for a commendable experiment in small form-factor computing, but aren’t quite useful enough to pick in favour of something like the Mac Mini . But with a dual-core CPU and Nvidia's ION chipset for graphics , Asus' latest EeeBox, the 1501, might just have become a lounge essential.
Excerpt: Good things come in small packages, well, the Eee PC certainly proved that to be true. And judging by the number of Eee PC clones out there today it's obvious that small computers are big business now.
Summary: Nach dem Erfolg der Eee PC versucht Asus nun, das Konzept des günstigen Computers mit solider Grundausstattung auf den Desktop zu übertragen. Das Ergebnis ist die Eee Box – mit Intel Atom CPU, WLAN, 80-GByte-Festplatte, 1 GByte RAM und Windows XP. Ob die neue Geräteklasse der Billig-Desktops im Vergleich mit Netbooks und günstigen Standard-PCs bestehen kann, verrät der Test.
Pros: klein und attraktiv, WLAN nach 802.11n, ExpressGate-System ermöglicht Zugriff auf Daten ohne Windows
Cons: schwache Leistung und Ausstattung im Vergleich zu günstigen Standard-PCs, Netbook kann mehr bei moderatem Aufpreis