One of the most interesting computers on display was the upcoming Asus Eee Box EB1501 nettop. The Asus EB1501 is the “world’s smallest, and first VESA-mountable PC with an internal optical drive”.
Along with a slim, slot feed DVD burner, the Asus 1501 also features Nvidia Ion graphics, and dual core Intel Atom 330 CPU, giving it plenty of power to easily decode and playback HD content.
Edit: The Eee Box 1501 is now available to order in the UK for £339 from Play.Com!
It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium, 2GB of DDR2 667 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 6x USB 2.0, multicard reader, HDMI and VGA output, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet.
There were two units on display, a black model hooked up to a large HDTV via HDMI outputting a 1080p video, and other white model playing the same video on a smaller display.
During playback of the HD video, the playback was flawless, and processor usage was very low at around 14%, thanks to the hardware decoding of the Ion graphics.
The unit it’s self looked very smart, and comes with nice desk stand, and VESA bracket for mounting to the back of your HDTV / Monitor. It also ran cool, and from what I could tell (lots of background noise), very quietly.
With low power usage, small size, 802.11n / Gigabit Ethernet for streaming, and dual core & Ion graphics, the EB1501 should be a great little HTPC / media center.
The Asus Eee Box EB1501 will be available with Windows 7 Home Premium from October 22nd (just two days!) for a SRP of £339 inc. VAT.
Update: The Eee Box 1501 is officially available tomorrow in the UK (Nov 27th), both white and black colour models from Play.Com for £339!
Update 2: It is now also available to pre-order in the US for $479 from Amazon!