Asus EeeBox PC EB1501P Review - HotHardware

Asus EeeBox PC EB1501P Review

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Asus is out to prove that big things really do come in small packages with its EeeBox PC EB1501P. This nettop offers an array of I/O ports as well as a slot-load optical disc drive and the ability to play content from your own media library in Full HD. Thanks to USB 3.0, the EeeBox PC EB1501P also supports fast transfers of high definition content as well as other large files from external storage.

Powered by Intel's energy efficient Atom processor, the EeeBox PC EB1501P uses up to 70 percent less energy than a traditional desktop PC. To ensure you're not trading too much performance for power savings though, Asus' Super Hybrid Engine enhances the system's performance and also tailors the nettop's power consumption to suit your performance demands.

For a full HD 1080p home entertainment experience with 5.1 channel surround sound, you can connect the EeeBox PC EB1501P via HDMI and S/PDIF output ports. The nettop's 802.11n WLAN and Ethernet LAN port will keep you connected to your home network.

Nettops are definitely gaining some traction in the market, especially now that the dual core Intel Atom D525 processor is available. NVIDIA's next generation Ion is also key factor in today's nettops, providing users with 1080p playback as well as some light-duty gaming capabilities. Given their compact size, affordability, and capabilities, nettops are looking to make their way into more and more homes.

Although the price for the EeeBox PC EB1501P is a bit higher than the Zotac HD-ID34 Nettop we reviewed earlier this year, keep in mind that Asus' model is a complete package—system, operating system, remote, etc. The Zotac unit lacked an operating system, which, in turn, also gives it a lower price on the surface.

The EeeBox PC EB1501P's thin design makes it ideal for apartments, college dorm rooms, or even your home theater setup. For desktop use, the EeeBox comes with a stand. Alternatively, you can also attach the EeeBox to the back of an LCD monitor using the included mount. 

Asus EeeBox PC EB1501P
Specifications & Features

OS
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
Intel Atom Processor D525 Dual Core, 1.8GHz
Memory
DDR3 SO-DIMM 2GB (up to 4GB)
Storage
SATA 2.5'' 250GB/320GB HDD + ASUS WebStorage Trial
Optical Drive
Slim Slot-in Super Multi DVD-RW
Chipset
Intel NM10
Graphics
Next-Generation NVIDIA ION(GT218-ION)
LAN
10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless
WLAN 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz
Front I/O port
Card Reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC)
two USB3.0
Headphone-out jack
MIC
Rear I/O port
Built-in Wi-Fi antenna
four USB 2.0
HDMI out
eSATA
Audio jack (S/PDIF out)
Lan RJ-45
Power Supply
19Vdc, 3.42A, 65W Power adapter
Dimension
193mm(W)x193mm(H)x39mm(D)
Weight
1.2kg (2.64 lb)
Accessories
Quick Start Guide
Power adapter& Power Cord
Stand
VESA Mount Kit
S/PDIF adapter
Warranty Card
Remote Control (Option)
Wired/ Wireless Keyboard+Mouse(Option)
Color
Black, White
Price
Street price around $519.00

 

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It's a very nice nettop that would benefit my mother. However, Cedar Trail will appear in the 2nd quarter of 2011 and Intel claims it will double the performance of Pine Trail. That is a big leap for the atom line.

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