Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced the release of its most powerful nettop to date, the EEE Box 1501, which amongst other things has one of the most gorgeous computer designs ever to grace an office.
The machine comes with a dual core Atom 330 processor clocked at 1.6Ghz (which was launched more than one year ago), Nvidia's ION integrated chipset - which can decode full HD content without stifling the processor - 2GB RAM (upgradable to 4GB) and a 250GB hard disk drive.
The 1501 also comes with a HDMI port, 5.1 audio support, a remote control, an integrated IPTV player (whatever that means), WiFi, a slot-in DVD writer and Windows 7 Home Premium. There's also another model - the EB1012 - with Widows Vista Home Premium that sports a different finish.
Asus says that the EEE 1501 is not only much more quieter than most PC desktops - essential in a HTPC role - but also significantly smaller, consumes much less energy and looks much better. Amazon (opens in new tab) is already selling it for £339 including VAT and delivery either in white or black.
Great nettop from Asus. However, my money is still on the Asrock ION 330-BD. It is not as sexy as the EEE 1501 nor does it come with Windows 7 by default. However, it does have a Blu-ray drive and it can be overclocked while costing around £320 and having a 320GB hard drive.