DailyTech first reported
in late March that a new, Windows XP-based version of the Eee PC would be
in store during the opening days of April. Reports from around the web pegged
the price of entry at $399 despite the fact that the hardware specs appeared to
be identical to the similarly-priced Eee
PC 4G which is available with Xandros Linux.
Today, the reports were confirmed when BestBuy.com
launched a product page for the Eee PC 4G-X. As expected, the 4G-X includes
a 4GB SSD, 900MHz Intel Celeron M processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 7"
(800x480) display, and Windows XP Home.
Likewise, the price is listed at $399.99. With a price tag
that is identical to its Xandros Linux-equipped counterpart, one wonders
exactly how much Microsoft is subsidizing the cost of the operating system on
the Eee PC.
News of the newly available Eee PC 4G-X on BestBuy.com comes
just days after Microsoft announced that it would extend
the sales of Windows XP Home until at least June 30, 2010 for what it calls
ultra-low-cost PCs (ULPCs). Microsoft acknowledged that it just couldn't ignore
the growing demand for low-cost notebooks and insisted that "Windows XP
Home provides an effective solution on these devices from a performance and
According to the Best Buy website, the Eee PC 4G-X is
currently in stock online and ships within one business days. In-store pickup
for the 2-pound notebook is also available in select Best Buy brick-and-mortar
quote: Only thing holding it back would be the HDD, but you could always whack the games on a USB Thumb-drive.
quote: Outside of the size factor of the smaller eee PC
quote: the kind of work most people will do (chatting, surfing, e-mailing) on their macbook air could be handled nearly as well by the Eee PC
quote: The MBA is just a thin, flimsy 13 inch laptop
quote: They are in different markets, but compete quite a bit
quote: Though thin and "ultraportable", it's not really a high end laptop. Thus why overpriced
quote: I haven't touched an MBA
quote: I can get a quad core with 8GB of RAM, a decent case, 320GB of space, 8800GT graphics card, and some addons for half the price
quote: and focus on the things that isn't right
quote: You thinking the MBA is great is an opinion
quote: Luckily for potential 4G-X customers, ASUS throws in a 4GB A-DATA SDHC card in the box to alleviate some of the storage woes.
quote: ...but I recall some adverts which suggest they are capable of diagnosing and fixing pretty much any typical problem