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Asus, MSI and Others Conspire to Kill The PC Desktop in 2008

The buzz created by the Asus EEE PC could be the best thing that happened to the computer market for quite some time; the glut of beige box has now subsided and instead, we are facing the prospect of using slim, energy efficient, powerful, cheap and attractive laptops; what could we ask for more!

But there's another trend that could spell the end of ugly big black/beige boxes and could turn the industry upside down; it is the fact that mainstream desktops and laptops could potentially use the same components very soon, thereby enabling substantial cost cutting based on volume produced.

Large manufacturers like Asus and MSI have already grasped the potential and it is not surprising that Asus, the firm which launched the EEE, is being a small nifty desktop PC called the EEE box which has a lot in common with the original EEE PC; MSI has also plans to release a WindBox.

The EEE Box as tested on Anandtech (opens in new tab) is a showcase product that is set to be launched fairly soon at around £150 and will be able to run most applications 24/7 and consume only 20w, a fraction of its bigger counterparts.

This extreme frugality is due partly to the advances in microprocessor architecture combined with the use of integrated components and, in some cases, solid state storage.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.