Desktop Eee PC caught on camera


Asus has made it clear for some time that it eventually plans to take the Eee PC brand to the desktop, but beyond several rumors and a great deal of added speculation, we haven't seen anything concrete from the company. However, the team over at Matbe.com managed to take a bunch of pictures of an unreleased desktop Eee at CeBIT earlier this month.

Judging by the pictures, the machine looks like a sleeker, darker, and larger (but not thicker) version of Apple's Mac mini, complete with a slot-loading disc drive and a minimal array of ports at the back. The information card propped on the system refers to it as a "Digital Home System EP20," and it includes the Eee's famous "easy to play; easy to learn; easy to work" trademark. Asus apparently didn't reveal any precise specifications, but the card nonetheless mentions an "Eee PC Linux OS," a 24dB noise output rating, and Dolby Digital Live capability.

Matbe.com speculates that the EP20 will also feature a single- or dual-core Intel Atom processor as well as a 2.5" hard drive, but according to previous reports about desktop Eees, the first iteration of the PC could be based on either a plain old Intel Celeron or one of AMD's Sempron CPUs. Pricing is expected to range from $200 to $300 without a monitor, and the same reports say desktop Eees could start rolling out as early as April or May. (Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.)

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