Could this be the nettop we've all been waiting for?
Asus has unveiled its latest spit and polish on the Eee Box in the shape of the '1501' and it keeps that stylish (and vaguely Apple-esque) design while chucking in a bit more horsepower.
Consequently you'll find a dual core Intel Atom 330 processor first aided by nVidia ION graphics, 2GB RAM (expandable to 4GB), a 250GB HDD, 5.1 Surround Sound, an integrated IPTV Player, wireless N and Gigabit Ethernet. Further underpinning its media centre abilities is the inclusion of ArcSoft's SimHD technology for improving the quality of upscaling standard def content to HD. Other niceties are a DVD slot loading drive, VESA mounting, Windows 7 Home Premium, bundled 'Total Media Center' software and a remote control.
In real world terms this means the Eee Box 1501 can handle 1080p Full HD content while Asus claims it is 50 per cent quieter (26db) and 70 per cent more power efficient than traditional desktops while measuring just 193 x 193 x 39mm.
The Eee Box 1501 goes on sale immediately with an RRP of £399 including VAT, but you'll likely find it for less online. If you've been waiting for an affordable media centre you could do a lot worse...
(Though next time we'll take a CULV processor chaps!)