Asus unveils sleek, small-form-factor desktop PCs

We've been hearing rumors about a desktop version of the Eee PC for a while, and Asustek has now announced a pair of machines that could very well be the Eee's desktop cousins. Dubbed the Nova P22 and Nova P20, the machines bear no trace of Eee branding. Nonetheless, they both boast a sleek, avant-garde design somewhat reminiscent of the Eee's, and they include some speedy hardware and a surprising amount of goodies.

The P22 is powered by a Core 2 Duo E6320 processor, while users opting for the P20 system will get a cheaper 1.8GHz Pentium E2160. The P22 also has a 160GB hard drive and 802.11n Wi-Fi, whereas the P20 includes a 120GB drive and support for 802.11b/g Wi-Fi only. Both systems include Intel GMA X3000 graphics, 1GB of DDR2-667 RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0, a slot-loading DVD burner, 5.1-channel Dolby Digital Live and DTS audio output, and a Microsoft MCE remote.

The P22. Source: Asus.

Asus packs all that hardware into an enclosure measuring only 9" x 7.2" x 2", or 22.9 x 18.3 x 5.1 cm, and weighing in at just 3.9 lbs (1.77 kg). To cool the systems, the company says it uses a "unique L-shape heat dissipation module, S-shape heat pipes and three AI fans." As a result, noise levels reportedly only go up to 25 dB—definitely not loud enough to wake up the neighbors.

More information about the Nova P22 and P20 is available on Asus' promo page, and you can see more pictures of the two systems in our image gallery below.

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