ASUS EeeBox EB1501


We've been able to put our sweaty hands on a lot of netbooks and laptops, but nettops – those cute, low-cost, low-power desktop substitutes – have been quite elusive. So when the ASUS EeeBox EB1501 landed in our test lab, we just really had to take it for a spin.

We had no qualms putting and holding the EeeBox EB1501 in our hands with its compact and light design. Except for the Wi-Fi antenna dangling from its side and its detachable stand, the EB1501 really has no external limbs, which is a good thing. It's encased in a sleek yet robust metallic casing that, compared to a lot of netbooks and laptops, is not smudge-magnet. The unit we got is black, which we think complements its form factor really well.

One thing's that pretty clear from the get-go is that the EB1501 is choc-full of ports. It has 6 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, E-SATA, VGA, Ethernet, 2 3.5mm audio jacks, a mic out and even a 5-in-1 card reader. But one of the things that sets the EB1501 apart is the presence of a DVD optical drive. The EB1501 also has Wi-Fi and LAN connectivity giving you your basic connectivity needs.

Performance and scores

So what can we expect from the inside? The fact that it's a nettop (read: cheap, low-power PC alternative) makes us think twice about our expectations. However, the EB1501 still managed to surprise us with what it hides within its smooth exterior. It boasts an Intel Atom N330 Dual Core processor, 2GB of DDR2 memory, and 250GB of hard-disk space. Combine this with Nvidia ION graphics, and you've got one nettop that can play HD movies and can do a little bit of gaming, too.

So yeah, we fed the EB1501 a couple of HD superhero flicks, and it performed without a hitch. Playback was smooth and snappy.

We tried to do a little bit of Web surfing on the side while an HD movie is playing. This resulted in a few lags in playback and loading of Web pages.

As for gaming, we had wanted to put on some really heavy-hitting games like Crysis to punish test the EB1501's gaming prowess, but that would just be overkill. Instead, we just decided to feed it with some good games that, while not new, are enjoyable to play and can still give some systems a few hiccups.

First, we loaded Doom 3 and played it in the lowest settings. The EB1501 gobbled it up, so we decided to raise the bar up a notch. We played at medium video settings and this time, the EB1501 encountered a few lags, especially during in-game cut scenes and during the introduction, but it still was very much bearable. We then loaded Left 4 Dead, and this time, even in low setting, we were already seeing a few lags. Upping the graphic settings a notch resulted in more lags and noticeably slower gameplay. Still, as long as you don't get too ambitious in playing these games, the EB1501 can still perform admirably well.

Lastly, we used Age of Empires 3 to have a different feel from what the first-person shooter games gave us. Again, the EB1501 performed pretty well in low and medium graphic settings even when the Windows Media Player is running in the background. Setting it to high for this game, though, is still something the EB1501 can handle, though with a few lags.

We were really surprised with wthe score NovaBench gave us. The EB1501 only managed 107, not that much more than some of the slowest netbooks we've tested so far. We expected more, and our tests, at least in HD movie viewing and playing games, points to a few more points for the EB1501. The Windows Experience Index gave the EB1501 a 3.3 rating, and the culprit turned out to be the processor.

It's worthy to note that, being a nettop, the EB1501 will consume less energy than a desktop. It's also good to know that, compared to several netbooks and laptops we've tested that heats up like crazy, the EB1501 is one "cool" system, probably a by-product of its lower power requirements.

If you're looking for a portable desktop substitute that can double as a mini multimedia center, then you might want to consider the ASUS EeeBox EB1501. It can play HD videos as well as do a bit of gaming, making it a mini entertainment hub. Of course it might cost a bit more than other nettops in the market but, with its specs and performance, the extra moolah is justified.

Click here to view the EB1501 in the Buyer's Guide.

 

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  • Sleek and clean design
  • Can play HD movies
  • Has a DVD optical drive

 

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  • A bit pricey compared to other nettops
  • Lack of PS/2 port for old-school keyboards and mice
Bottom Line
  • It may be small, but this nettop has some serious power inside its glossy facade
Editor's Pick No
Price P24,990
Tech Specs
  • Processor
    • Type: Intel Atom N330 Dual Core
    • Speed: 1.6GHz
  • Memory (RAM)
    • Type: DDR2 
    • Capacity: 2GB
  • Storage
    • Type: HDD
    • Capacity: 250GB
  • Chipset: NVIDIA ION
  • Video Card: NVIDIA ION
  • Optical Drive: Slim Slot-in Super Multi DVD-RW
  • Connectivity
    • Modem: n/a
    • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
    • Bluetooth: n/a
  • Ports
    • USB: 6
    • VGA: 1
    • eSATA: 1
    • HDMI: 1
    • Card Reader: 5 in 1
    • Mic: 1
    • Headphone: 2
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Size: 193 x 193 x 39mm
  • Weight: 1.2kg


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COMMENTS


  1. Aldrich Barcenas: Never tried a 1080p video? Looking at the capabilities; this one is a good deal, for people looking for a media center/NA/Torrent Server.

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    April 28, 2020 at 1:06 pm

  2. Dino: I want this! But can't find any retailer store with this in stock. Help?
    May 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm

  3. OR9L: Capitalized WOW
    May 10, 2020 at 1:10 am

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