Celeron? Yes, Celeron. ASUS, unhappy with lukewarm nettop sales, has decided to shake things up by switching the trendy new Intel Atom processor for an older Celeron chip. Despite having a slower clock speed and an older base technology, the move should add new pep to the platform.
Nettops are the desktop world’s answer to the recent netbook craze: small form factors, low power usage and lower processor speeds coupled with lower prices. Unlike with notebooks, however, nettops aren’t sufficiently cheaper than some more traditional desktops to truly make an enticing purchase. While it’s true that most nettops offer significantly higher power efficiency, low-end traditional desktops from companies such as Dell and HP offer a lot more functionality for similar prices.
To try and raise flagging sales, ASUS is introducing a new Eee Box model that uses an Intel Celeron 220 processor instead of the technodarling Atom. The Celeron is an older CPU and clocked slower, at 1.2GHz versus the Atom’s 1.6GHz, but it offers a substantial performance increase (as well as, unfortunately, a rise in electrical usage). The new systems come with a 120GB hard drive for around $240.