ASUS created a whole new market for low-cost notebooks with its $399 Eee PC in late 2007. The company won even more fans when it announced an even cheaper variant priced at $299 a few months later.
The relatively low-priced Eee PC philosophy is being tossed away, however, with the launch of the Eee PC 900. The Eee PC 900 offers an 8.9", 1024x600 display, 1GB of memory, and 20GB of storage (12GB on Windows XP versions).
The higher spec count compared to the original Eee PC also meant that ASUS raised the price of the Eee PC 900 to $549 -- a price tag that takes the notebook from being a quick purchase option for many people to being cross-shopped with larger, better-equipped machines in the same price range.
It appears that some retailers aren't fazed by such concerns over the Eee PC 900's pricing and have no qualms about charging more than $549 for the device. Buy.com is playing the numbers game just a bit by pricing the Linux variant at $565.99 -- a $16 price premium. ZipZoomFly, however, is hoping to reel in people by charging $599.99 for the Windows XP variant -- a whopping $50 price premium.
It's not uncommon for retailers to charge a premium for new, "must have" items, but a $50 price premium for an Eee PC is undoubtedly unheard of these days.
For those in the market for an Eee PC 900, Amazon has both the Linux and Windows XP variants priced at the MSRP of $549.99 with free shipping. Both are showing a "pre-order" status, but given that Buy.com and ZipZoomFly both have the items in stock, that status could change to "in stock" at any time. Interestingly, Buy.com also lists the Windows XP version of the Eee PC 900 at the MSRP of $549.99.