ASUS Eee Box Nettop - Hands On!

Packed Up and Everywhere to Go

Packed Up and Everywhere to Go

The ASUS Eee Box is essentially an Eee PC without the monitor, speakers, and mobility, so if you were expecting anything else, get ready to be sorely disappointed. There isn't any HDMI port for high-def playback, or anything but a DVI output for hooking up to your monitor. If you can put aside these concerns, you'll find a very compact and pleasing nettop that's easy to set up and use.

The front panel hides a 5-in-1 card reader, two USB 2.0 slots and the audio and headphone jacks.

The back portion of the Eee Box features a jack for the wireless antenna, a DVI out, a RJ-45 LAN port and two USB 2.0 ports for your mouse and keyboard.

Being deliciously compact and all just made us want to open it up to see what's inside, and lo and behold, we did! While we didn't get very deep within, just to be certain we don't damage it, we did find out where the RAM modules were, which means you'll also be able to upgrade the Eee Box somewhat (but there's no free slot as you can see).

The base attachment is removable and you shouldn't really do without it as ASUS does warn you that you should never put the Eee Box this way when using it.

The hard disk is easily removable, making it easy for upgrading the 80GB HDD drive that the Eee Box comes with.

After removing the cover, you'll end up looking at this view, which was as far as we could get without damaging the Eee Box.

You'll note that your upgrade options for RAM are limited as there are no free slots to play with.