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ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

From the very start, ASUS' Eee Box nettop caught the eye as a potential media PC, and the company themselves threw their hat into the ring with the launch of the Eee Box B206.  Swapping the DVI output for an HDTV-friendly HDMI, and slotting an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 GPU with 256MB of its own DDR2 RAM in instead of the integrated graphics, the B206 promises high-definition playback above its humble Atom roots. 

The Register have been taking a look at the nettop, and in some ways the B206 does deliver.  Standard definition video runs with no problems, and DivX 720p files in Windows Media Player were also smooth; however, the B206 showed itself to be particularly picky about codecs.

The problem is that not all media player apps support DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), the technology which lets the Radeon HD 3450 GPU get its teeth into the video.  Without that, it's up to the Atom N270 1.6GHz chip to keep things ticking over, and we already know that Intel's CPU struggles with high-resolution media. 

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ASUS Eee Box 206 with HDMI gets official

ASUS Eee Box 206 with HDMI gets official

ASUS have officially announced the Eee Box 206 nettop, first spotted back in December 2008, which adds a new AMD ATI Radeon HD 3450 GPU and an HDMI port to the original Eee Box design.  The ASUS Eee Box 206 also comes with a remote control and DVI-D output adapter, with the company positioning it as the ideal eco-friendly accompaniment to your HDTV.

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ASUS Celeron 220 Eee Box nettop coming to spur sales

ASUS Celeron 220 Eee Box nettop coming to spur sales

ASUS are planning a Celeron version of their Eee Box nettop, which will be cheaper than the current Intel Atom N270 model.  According to DigiTimes, poor sales of the Eee Box - which packs hardware usually found in the company's Eee PC netbook into a slender desktop form-factor - has prompted the new entry-level machine, which will go on sale alongside the existing nettop.

ASUS confirm touchscreen Eee PCs, Windows 7 in 2009

ASUS confirm touchscreen Eee PCs, Windows 7 in 2009

The Eee PC will get at least two touchscreen variants announced in early 2009, with both convertible and standard notebook form-factor designs being explored.  That's the latest news from ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, who has been sharing some more details about what's become the largest netbook range on the market.  As well as the touchscreen models, ASUS have obviously decided to take Steve Ballmer at his word and miss Windows Vista out completely; instead, they're planning to introduce Windows 7 to netbooks in the second half of 2009.

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ASUS Eee Box PC ships with Virus

ASUS Eee Box PC ships with Virus

ASUS has admitted that its Eee Box nettop - the desktop version of its popular Eee PC netbook range - shipped to some customers carrying a virus.  According to an email sent out from the company, the Japanese version of the device has a virus file called "recycled.exe" saved in the D: drive partition.  If activated, the virus begins to copy itself to the C: drive and any attached USB memory sticks or hard-drives.

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