EeeBox EB1501 has Ion graphics, DVD drive

Small-form-factor nettops aren’t really known for their aesthetic flair or power, but Asus’ new EeeBox EB1501 has broken the mold somewhat with a sleek, "ballerina-inspired" design, a dual-core Atom 330 processor, and Nvidia Ion integrated graphics.

Not only that; the EeeBox EB1501 also has a slot-loading DVD burner built right in—something missing from virtually all standalone nettops. Other features include HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, external Serial ATA, S/PDIF audio out, a 250GB hard drive, and dual SO-DIMM slots for up to 4GB of RAM (the system comes with 2GB as standard).

Software-wise, Asus will bundle the EB1501 with Windows 7 Home Premium, which includes Windows Media Center software and hardware-accelerated DVD playback. Considering the OS choice, we wouldn’t expect this machine to be available before October 22, Windows 7’s official launch date.

What about cost? The folks at Engadget have posted the European price: €399. That works out to $580, as the site says, but remember European prices are typically higher than in the States. We’d bet on U.S. pricing somewhere around $400-450.

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    • cocobongo_tm
    • 10 years ago

    Why folks in the States get it at a much lower price than folks in Europe? It’s made in Taiwan (presumably) which is just about as far away from USA as it is to Europe! Why can’t it be the other way around!? I want to see folks in the States drooling over European prices!

      • mph_Ragnarok
      • 10 years ago

      distance has nothing to do with it.

      its just because the US is a much better country than europe as a whole.

        • cocobongo_tm
        • 10 years ago

        Much better country?!!?! Please, DO elaborate on that. I’m quite anxious to find out your arguments.

          • ironoutsider
          • 10 years ago

          It’s simple. We own windows. We own mac. We invented computers. America’s the greatest country in the world. Hitler used to live over there! OH and we’re a bunch of capitalist pigs! Actually, this is a completely pointless post. Sorry bout that.

          I have no idea why Europeans have to pay so much 0_o. Maybe you guys have more/better money? Americans are also infamous for outright refusing to pay too much for gas. It’s why gas is cheaper here, if they try to up the price, they actually make less money for it.

            • LurkingFool
            • 10 years ago

            You are all kidding, right? Have you heard of VAT?
            Also the gas taxes are unreal in Europe.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 10 years ago

    Hm, a Blu-ray drive would make this alot more compelling for the price. As it is….meh.

      • Dashak
      • 10 years ago

      I think a blu-ray drive would be a bit much for a system at this price point. But you weren’t really serious anyway…

    • Metonymy
    • 10 years ago

    Installed fine on a 64-bit Win 7 on a Dell XPS420, but failed to do so on a laptop running a GeForce 7300 with 32-bit Win 7

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Needs more cowbell. I don’t think I could ever bring myself to PAY for an Atom. If this thing was under $200 then I’d pay for it. I don’t ever want to have a processor that is slower than an Athlon X2.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 10 years ago

      I know the feeling 🙁 I’ve only played around with atom based machines (my in laws have one) and it’s just too slow. Of course that was a single core atom, I don’t know how much difference the second core would make.

    • thesaint
    • 10 years ago

    you can buy one and give it to a homeless person.
    homeless don’t complain about the crappy processor.
    they take anything, because they are homeless.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      Sounds like you’re speaking from personal experience?

      • ssway
      • 10 years ago

      Yes, but a desktop is generally only used in a “house” so it would be hawked for drugs/booze.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        That’s hocked, no birds of prey involved. The more you know! *ding*

    • mcnabney
    • 10 years ago

    Almost $400…. for this.

    You can get an Acer net-top with ION, XP, and HDMI out for $200 right now? Does built in DVD ($50 add-on) and WiFi ($40 add-on) really add $200 to the price?

      • Lord.Blue
      • 10 years ago

      Well, the Acer is not a dual core.

    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    It’s going to have to be under $500 to seriously compete with the likes of the Dell Studio Hybrid.
    §[< http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=ddcwla2&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19<]§

    • ColdMist
    • 10 years ago

    No DVI? Is there an easy HDMI -> DVI adapter around?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      Yes.

      • Skrying
      • 10 years ago

      You don’t even need an adapter, there are many HDMI to DVI cables. One of which I’m using on my laptop right now. It cost like 10 cents more from Monoprice.

        • UberGerbil
        • 10 years ago

        Yeah, HDMI essentially _[

          • Kurkotain
          • 10 years ago

          excuse my ignorance, but hdmi transfers audio too right, dvi also transports audio?

            • UberGerbil
            • 10 years ago

            Yes, it can. DVI uses exactly the same signalling as HDMI so audio data can be encoded in it the same way it is in HDMI. Obviously most monitors wouldn’t know what to do with audio data coming over DVI. However, if the monitor has an HDMI input and does handle audio data from that, then you can use the DVI-out on some recent video cards to transmit audio and video data via a DVI-to-HDMI cable or adapter. Of course these days video cards increasingly have HDMI (and/or DisplayPort) outputs so that isn’t necessary.

    • jinjuku
    • 10 years ago

    Does the ION bitstream DTS-HD/Dolby-HD?

      • mcnabney
      • 10 years ago

      No. Currently you will need one of ATI’s new video cards or maybe you can get one of the high-end audio cards to actually work ($250 card). Wait until Spring when ATI’s cheaper solutions are available.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 10 years ago

    That’s a pretty decent option for my mother’s next computer. Her P4 Celeron could use a refresh.
    Edit: Mom has my Model M and 2005FPW btw.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    This is honestly pretty decent…except for the Atom.

    • no51
    • 10 years ago

    Can you replace the hard drive? That’s the dealmaker for me.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    Wow!! Now that is hot! This is something I would most definitely buy for my wife.

    [EDIT] Just talked to my wife and she says, I’m not complaining (about the 10 year old laptop)! Ahhhh! How do I convince her otherwise? Man needs his toys!

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      If you like I can send over some gentlemen who will make sure the laptop has an ‘unfortunate accident’ that would render it inoperable.

      • stmok
      • 10 years ago

      r[

      • malicious
      • 10 years ago

      *[

    • barleyguy
    • 10 years ago

    Is it fanless? And can you replace the hard drive with an SSD? I’m all about the silent lately.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 10 years ago

      Yea, I’m sure it is… SSD would take less power to run, so it is probably a way to go. But then seeing as it has a eSATA port maybe going external with a bigger HDD would be a better way to go. Of course, I would upgrade the RAM to 4GB too.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 10 years ago

        If you call 0.5w “less power,” then ok, yeah. :p

    • mongoosesRawesome
    • 10 years ago

    pretty slick. Wonder if the hard drive be replaced?

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