During last few years my opinion about PC hardware slowly changed from this is awesome to why pay more and recently to why pay. I stopped playing games and turning of my PC - and that drastically changed my needs. I switched to passive cooling - and cat fur stopped killing components. :)
So I was following Asus Eee Box evolution while other people were following Asus Lamborghini.
Eee Box is small form factor (SFF) PC based on new generation of Intel processors and few more compact and budget components.
- tiny, silent, energy efficient and can be screwed to LCD display;
- no need to hunt for separate rare and expensive small/silent components;
- it's cheap for a SFF one.
- performance sucks;
- single DVI output (I am spoiled by twin-monitor setup);
- barely handles 720p (deal-breaker for anime fan);
- with $350 and dealer prices I can put together way faster low-budget desktop.
Silent PC review posted extensive article on Eee Box today, read it for plenty of details and noise measurements.
Eee Box is certainly not an awesome thing people crave for. But may it actually become ideal PC for non-demanding user? I'd say not yet… But it's very probable in a year or two with later models.
You may not dream about it but you may end up buying one (or more) some day.