Many retailers have been hovering in and out of stock of
ASUS' highly popular Eee
PC 4G Linux-powered notebook. The two-pound Eee PC 4G has garnered rave reviews from
around the web and has sprouted a fan site
which details every conceivable aspect of the device.
The first shipments of Eee
PCs to hit the retail market were of the Eee PC 4G which features a 900MHz
Celeron Processor (which happens to run at 630MHz on a 70MHz bus), 512MB of
DDR2 memory (upgradeable), a 7" display, integrated webcam and a 4-cell
5200 mAh battery (3.5 hours). The notebook was first available in Pearl White;
however, Galaxy Black was later introduced.
Now it appears that the second wave of Eee PCs is starting
to appear online. Newegg
are both stocking the new Eee PC 4G Surf model (Galaxy Black only). The 4G Surf
has 512MB of DDR2 memory soldered onto the motherboard -- it is not upgradeable
like regular 4G. In addition, the 4G Surf lacks the webcam and features a
4-cell 4400 mAh battery (2.8 hours).
The reduced feature set also means that the 4G Surf comes
with a lower price tag: $349.99 versus $399.99 for the 4G.
The lower price is welcome news to those that need the extra
frills afforded by the webcam and the ability to upgrade the memory, but many
may not be willing to cope with reduced battery life as well.