Asus Eee Box desktop to hit UK in August

Good news for fans of those cheap, cheerful and great value PCs from Asus – the desktop version of the Eee will be with us in the UK later this summer.

The Eee Box desktop PC will arrive in August at an as-yet-unspecified price, although we expect it to start at around £250.

For that, buyers will get a Windows XP Home machine running on Intel's Atom N270 processor at 1.6GHz, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and an 80GB hard drive.

No Linux … yet

The usual connectivity options will be in place, along with three USB ports and a VGA out for connecting a monitor – you'll need to supply the screen yourself, of course.

Slightly surprisingly, the missing components are worth noting. So far, there's no option for a solid-state drive, nor is any variety of Linux available pre-installed.

However, Asus has said that it will add Linux to the mix later in the year, at which time we expect other hardware configurations to surface too.