Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Annapolis Valley
Raider, I don't know the technical comparison but the Atom is doing the job on the EEE Box 202. I have a wireless n connection to network storage and the 202 is streaming everything I throw at it: DVR-MS, MP4, MP2 and more. It is screwed to the back of 32inch LCD with Vesa mount, the size of a paperback, totally quiet, and has yet to crash or even hiccup. Two hour movies stream without any stumbles. Most files streamed well with wireless g but DVR-MS stuttered until I went to WPA encrypted wireless n.
I'm not crazy about the Asus add on gui but Windows XP was easy to configure out of the box. Considering it's about the same price as some extenders, with far more flexiblity and utility, I'm very pleased with it. It will take 2 gigs of sodimm DDR2 but comes with 1 gig and is running smoothly. The 2.5 inch 80 gig hard drive is limiting, perhaps, but on a network like mine, with 2 terabytes of storage, the limitation disappears. The sound is quite pleasing too: toslink cable to my Yamaha receiver with Polk surround bar. My wife is happy with the aesthetics too, as it can't be seen or heard, attached to back of LCD in a family room entertainment centre. I use a wireless rechargeable gyro mouse so it's easy to control the GUI from the sofa.
BTW, we don't watch much TV anymore, but there is a TiVo attached to the LCD too for capturing pedestrian commercial TV, like Law and Order, and our preferred BBC Canada stuff. For something like Mad Men, we stream a higher quality torrent on the EEE box, though.
The reviews say it won't play 1080P but it certainly plays 1080i/720p. that's great for a 32 inch screen and more than enough for commercial TV. I don't really need to see Sam Waterson's nose hairs.