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Asus guns for media centre market

Asus is looking to strengthen its position in the media centre sector by adding high definition content support capabilities to the latest Eee Box.

The Eee Box 206 comes with HDMI output and Asus’ Eee Cinema software pre-installed, which is designed to be compatible with as many codecs as possible. Unlike previous Eee SKUs, the 206 comes with a discrete graphics card to provide the processing power required to handle high definition footage.

The actual case of the device is only one litre and slim as a paperback book, making it a small-form factor alternative for those who don’t want full-blown media centre PCs.

The user interface has been reduced down to the most used media applications, meaning that users don’t have to be troubled by numerous applications and functions unlikely to be used.

It has also been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with Asus estimating that the device can save as much as £105 a year over a full sized media PC (if left on 24/7) and a carbon footprint reduction of 90 per cent.

However, it also comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10GB of Eee Storage for online backup and tranquiliser technology to dramatically reduce the noise output of the fans.

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