As expected, ASUS have announced a Celeron-based version of their nettop, the Eee Box B203. Swapping the usual Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor for a Celeron C220 running at 1.2GHz, despite the clock speed drop the less power-efficient Celeron should actually run faster than its Atom sibling.
Other specs for the nettop remain the same, which means a choice of 80GB, 120GB or 160GB hard-drives and up to 2GB of RAM. Connectivity includes ethernet and WiFi, a DVI output, four USB 2.0 ports and a multi-format memory card reader.
The B203 can be fixed to the back of a monitor, presumably via the VESA mounting holes, and is still quiet in operation; ASUS claim just 26dB. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely to be cheaper than the original Atom-powered Eee Box models.