Probably the worst kept secrets in Taiwan (and there are a LOT of badly kept secrets here) are the upcoming collection of ASUS announcements today.  First up is the unveiling of the new ASUS Eee Box PC based on the Intel Atom family of products.

Computex 2008: ASUS Eee Box Atom-based Desktop PC Official - Storage 2

ASUS is hoping to revolutionize the low-cost desktop market much in the same way the changed the world of cheap notebooks with the Eee PC.  Unfortunately for ASUS, world+dog has already implemented and copied on the Eee PC success and I don’t think it will take those same companies as long to replicate the design aspects of the Eee Box as well.

ASUS plans to have the Eee Box on sale in mid-July for prices ranging $269 to $299 depending on your specifications and operating system.  Both Windows XP and Linux are going to be available, just as we saw with the most recent ASUS Eee PC notebooks.

PS: does anyone else think they should have saved the name “Eee PC” for this desktop model?

Full specs are listed below:

Name and Model: Eee Box B202
OS: Linux System/ Hardware Compatible with Windows XP
Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz, FSB 533)
Memory: DDRII 512 MB / 1 GB / 2 GB (see US configs below)
Storage: 80 GB / 120 GB / 160 GB / 250 GB (see US configs below)
Chipset: 945GSE + ICH7M
VGA: On-board Intel GMA 950, 1600 x 1200 maximum resolution
Networking: 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN, 802.11n WLAN, Bluetooth optional
SD/MMC/MS slot: SD, SDHC, Mini SD, (Micro SD through adapter) ; MMC, MMC plus, MMC4.x, RS MMC, RSMMC4.x (MMC mobile through adapter);MS,MS PRO
Audio: Azalia ALC888 Audio Chip

Front Ports:
USB x  2
Card Reader x  1
Headphone-out jack (WO/SPDIF) x  1
MIC x  1
Rear Ports:
USB 2.0 x  2
Gigabit LAN x  1
DVI out x  1
Line-Out (L/R) with S/PDIF x  1
WiFi antenna
19Vdc, 4.74A, 65W power adaptor
Mouse (optional)
Keyboard (optional)
VESA mount (optional)
WiFi antenna
Dimensions: 8.5” x 7” x 1”
Net Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Gross Weight: 6.6 lbs.

US Configurations and Price:
$269     1GB memory + 80GB HDD Linux edition
$299     1GB memory + 80GB HDD XP edition
$299     2GB memory + 160GB HDD Linux edition