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Asus Announces New More Powerful eBox

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!)

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Charles 2

November 26, 2009, 6:17 pm

Its £339 on amazon and comes in white or black. I bought an Acer Revo Aspire a few months ago and so taken am I with these small form factors that I'm seriously considering one of these too. They make for great media servers.

Chris

November 26, 2009, 6:26 pm

No TV tuner? Seems like a bit of an omission, given the target.

Gordon394

November 26, 2009, 6:57 pm

@Chris - ish, but there's IPTV and I'd presume the type of person looking for a media centre PC already has a home cinema setup with incorporates a TV tuner somewhere in its repertoire.

Keithe6e

November 26, 2009, 7:42 pm

The new Revo 3610 uses the Atom 330, and can be had with 500Gig HD/4Gig Mem for under £300.


Looks like the IPTV & DVD Drive are what you get extra here, but I'd use a HDHomeRun for TV and an External USB/DVD/BlueRay drive anyway.

Hazellhoff

November 26, 2009, 7:43 pm

So news of this has been on other sites for quite some time. I've been waiting for TR to get hold of one and give us the lowdown. The thing I would REALLY like to see is a comparison between this new product from ASUS vs the newest version of the Acer Aspire Revo which is aiming at the same market although it doesn't have the built in optical drive...





Is that likely to happen?

Gordon394

November 26, 2009, 8:05 pm

@Hazellhoff - it was unveiled via some hands-on previously, but it is on sale now.





Direct head-to-head is less likely, but any review would certainly reference existing alternatives like the Revo :)

pimlicosound

November 26, 2009, 8:16 pm

@Gordon: I'm with Chris on this one - I'd love to see a TV tuner built in to one of these. I'm in the camp of people who want an HTPC to entirely replace all other home cinema components, while adding media storage and streaming, all in one box, with one interface and one remote control. Is that too much to ask?

frog99green

November 26, 2009, 8:41 pm

Whats wrong with adding a usb tuner?





My revo 3610 runs well with a USB Dual DVB Tuner which soon I will be able to swap for a DVB-T2 or DVB-S.





Oh - and why no Linux version Asus?

Jay4d0

November 26, 2009, 8:51 pm

I agree they would make a great media server esp. for an itunes airtunes setup if you can't spring for a sonos setup, what would be also great if there was a DVB-T2 tuner built in, win7 supports it natively in media centre so would be great for an always on media TV with HD freeview to boot

KultiVator

November 26, 2009, 10:19 pm

Can anyone offer any real world experiences of the Hauppauge or Avermedia dual-Freeview USB tuners?





I'm seriously considering ditching a desktop Windows 7 (x64) Media Centre rig (with Hauppauge PCI twin-Freeview tuner {the Nova-T-500} ) in favour of something more compact, but don't want the quality of TV reception to suffer in the process.

TechnicPuppet

November 27, 2009, 3:16 am

I have been looking extensively into how to go about setting up the perfect(budget) Media Center. I want a very small fanless black computer with a least 2GB ram, a dual core proc, HDMI/optical out, Wireless N, Gigabit Lan. built in IR reciever and a slot loading Blu-Ray player. It must be capable of playing anything I throw at it. Used for nothing else. It doesn't seem to exist. Closest is the Asrock then add a slim, slot load blu ray drive. Not fanless though sadly.





http://linitx.com/viewproduct....

Jay4d0

November 27, 2009, 3:47 am

Hauppauge tuners are usually very good, what I find important is just being able to install the drivers only, then be able to run it in windows media centre as the software they provide isn't the best and it integrates much better in media centre - at least that's what I do (and prefer to do) with a dazzle TV stick

Keithe6e

November 27, 2009, 4:30 pm

@Jay: what would be also great if there was a DVB-T2 tuner built in.





Like been pointed out an external USB, or even better a HDHomerun works really well.


The HDHomerun has even better advantages as it can then be placed in the loft as near as possible to your Ariel, makes for a better reception as plugging into the aerial socket downstairs does slightly degrade the quality.





Also for me using an External slimline USB DVD drive works well with the Revo, because the Revo is attached to the back of the TV it's better having an external DVD, rather than having to reach behind the TV to put in a DVD.

Don Kanonjii

November 27, 2009, 7:22 pm

Was looking at others like this for my Daughters room to hook up to her TV but note that the Acer Revo is available for only £279 has the same spec, 4gb RAM and a 500Gb HDD etc on ebuyer... Also for anyone with a wee bit more space, I have just Seen a Micro system (Acer X3810) with a Core 2 duo E7400 - 2.8Ghz, 4Gb RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon 4350, DVD writer and Vista with Win7 upgrade for £369.99 at comet - BARGAIN.

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