In spite of the improved features found on the new Eee PC 1000H, I became more interested in the Eee Box – the newest member in the Eee PC family. It’s obvious why I am curious with the Eee Box. It’s a desktop PC (almost has the same height of your favourite Harry Potter book) that you can easily bring along and even put inside your bag without breaking a sweat! With its size, you can mount the Eee Box at the back of the LCD TV to save space and at the same time avoid any clutter in your desk. But in all honesty, you don’t need to hide the Eee Box since its sleek and stylish design would make you more enticed to use it.
I was already impressed by its size, but I was more impressed with its features. The Eee Box has an innovative technology called Express Gate. Within 5 seconds of booting up, users can easily access the internet, manage pictures, or communicate via Skype. The elderly, computer dummies, and even tech geeks would appreciate this exclusive feature by Asus as they don’t have to wait for several minutes before they can use their PC to boot up and connect to the internet. Asus Philippines Country Manager Leon Yu said that the Express Gate will also find its way in future Eee PCs. During the Q&A, I asked him how much power the Express Gate would consume on any future Eee PC’s battery life. Mr. Yu pointed out that since the Express Gate is found in the BIOS, the user will find himself using the Eee PC longer than while running on its operating system that relies on the hard disk. Personally, I’m excited about this because this will let me connect to the internet for more than 8 hours a day without looking for the nearest power outlet.
Web browser opened while on Express Gate
Another selling feature that the Eee Box is offering is its power consumption. Thanks to Intel’s Atom processor, the Eee Box’s energy efficient performance reduces power consumption up to 90%. With its size and features, Asus is suggesting that the Eee Box is the best alternative to businesses, government offices, and institutions who are looking for computers that can let them save electricity.
Not yet available in the market is the Eee Stick. With the Eee Stick, users can control their Eee Box wirelessly like for PowerPoint presentations. That’s not all, you can play games with it too! Inspired by Nintendo’s Wii (not WEee), various Eee Stick hardware will be made available for different kinds of Eee games. Try to find the video ad of the Eee Box on the net. I found it hilarious!
The Eee Box’s specs include the aforementioned Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, 80GB HDD, 1GB RAM (upgradeale to 2GB), WiFi 802.11n and runs on Windows XP Home.
SRP of the Eee Box is set at Php 24,999.00 bundled with LCD TV, keyboard and mouse.