|First off, you seem to be conflating -- as many also do -- these low-powered machines from ASUS: The Eee Box is not the same thing as the Eee Top which is furthermore not the same thing as the Eee PC ... Way-to-go ASUS! |
The Eee PC is the fairly popular low-powered mobile system commonly referred to as a NetBook; Mini-notebook; etc. It is supposed to cater to people whose computer needs are not robust enough to require the purchase of a full-fledged computer. Since it is priced much cheaper than a standard notebook & usually offers better battery time, it has become quite popular as a handy-dandy notebook for a lot of people.
The Eee Box is supposed to be the "desktop" version of the Eee PC -- cheaper, more compact & also energy-efficient. Although, it is not as popular as the Eee PC because of the demanding nature of the productivity desktop market. But it comes in handy as a simple & inexpensive digital home entertainment center for home theater enthusiasts.
The Eee Top reminds me of the "Instant AOL" -- All-In-One Internet Device -- from AOL/Gateway from a few years ago. It is a miniature all-in-one desktop computer with touchscreen capabilities. It looks promising, however, I doubt I'll ever run into it at anyone's home. I seem to think of it as something for the showroom-type office environment ... but who knows.
Coming back to your question, the Asus Eee EB1012 is NOT a netbook but an Eee Box, just in case you are looking to purchase a netbook. It will run Windows 7 fine & the Atom 330 is better than
its predecessor the Atom 230 -- basically 2 Atom 230 CPUs within the same substrate -- but it remains an Atom CPU nonetheless. So, I wouldn't be looking at using the machine for anything but mediocre gaming -- it is not designed for that purpose; as jam hinted in response #1, but not bad for perhaps an HTPC setting.
If indeed you are looking at acquiring an Eee Box, you might want to ditch the EB1012 & go for the EB1501, it is supposed to come equipped with an optical drive, HDMI & S/PDIF output & also pre-loaded with Windows 7.
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