The next generation of Asus' Eee Box units won't be featuring an Atom processor, with the company now making a switch to Celerons
. Starting with the Celeron 220, Asus' next lineup of Eee Box desktop units will feature the more traditional desktop CPU in an attempt to increase sales, on top of a reduction in sticker price.
Celeron may not be as power-friendly as the Atom, but definitely has a performance advantage, even when dealing with slower clock speeds. As the Eee Box is a desktop box, power consumption may not be as big of an issue – but then again, you lose the “cool” factor of using an Atom in a desktop with this switch. With Asus expecting to sell over a million of the devices next year, though, a small drop in price and a boost in performance may be much more important than other factors.