Asus has yet to release its desktop Eee PC, but that hasn't stopped Anand Lal Shimpi over at AnandTech from getting hold of one and taking it apart. Anand's first look at the Eee Box includes some specifications, plenty of photos, and a healthy dose of personal impressions.
According to the article, the Eee Box will feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 945G integrated graphics chipset, 1GB of DDR2-667 memory (in laptop-style SO-DIMM form), 2.5" 160GB Seagate Momentus hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, and one DVI display output. Surprisingly, Asus has opted not to include an optical drive, preferring instead to focus on wireless connectivity. Another potential downside is the system's tiny fan, which Anand calls "fairly noisy." Asus could use a different cooler in the launch version, though.
Anand says we can look forward to three Eee Box models, but he says Asus hasn't yet revealed pricing or availability information just yet. His sample system had a form factor similar to that of the Apple TV, and it was reportedly "surprisingly fast . . . more than sufficient for web surfing, email and basic office work."