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You can have your Eee PC 900 today from ZipZoomFly, but it will cost you an extra $50.
ZipZoomFly places a $50 price premium on the Eee PC 900

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.



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Doesn't seem wise...
By JasonMick (blog) on 5/12/2008 11:53:11 AM , Rating: 4
I mean I guess some would still buy it @ $599 due to the small size, but for $599 you can also get:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8770...

granted its not a perfect computer, but if you don't mind the 15" size, it has 3 GB DDR2, a dual core processor, dvd/cd-rw, ati graphics, and 160 GB hd.

I think especially for the less simplistic windows xp version, its going to have trouble competing with offerings like this. I know some people want more power, but I think the simplicity of the original was a selling point. As Eee PC gets bigger, more expensive, and no longer has its simplified interface, much of its appeal quickly vanishes.




RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By Anh Huynh on 5/12/2008 11:58:49 AM , Rating: 3
The main appeal of the Eee PC for non-educational uses is the size and form factor. Yes you can get a 15" notebook with more power for the same price, but the 15" won't exactly fit in your glove box or smaller camera bag, and weighs an additional 3lbs or so.

At $549 the small form factor still has appeal, considering the only other contenders are Samsung's UMPC which costs twice as much and Sony Vaio's which cost 3 times as much.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By HighWing on 5/12/2008 12:11:05 PM , Rating: 5
while i see your point, at this price point, thats the only appeal that model has. And quite honestly, the people I know who would actually "need" it to be that small, would need it to be more powerful too. So it's already lost that battle.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By Oregonian2 on 5/12/2008 2:12:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's not their target to run all of the other laptop makers off the market with the EEE line. So you're right they've lost that battle. It's a new category (which they are slipping off the edge of a bit) of a low cost ultra-portable where cost is traded off for compute-power, where low cost 'wins". Compare it to other computers of equal weight (with battery installed, btw, many, like Dell, will quote weight w/no battery). Compare it to the new'ish Apple super-thin computer. Apple wins on performance by a mile, but compare prices!


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By SiliconJon on 5/12/2008 4:16:06 PM , Rating: 5
I'm a bang-per-buck buyer, and the EEe's loose all around there. I also don't see this fitting any of my other niche's...eh, but somebody finds them suiting.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By murphyslabrat on 5/14/2008 12:38:04 PM , Rating: 2
"Bang" is a term loosely defined as capabilities. You match the value and capabilities of a laptop with your criteria for "bang." So, for you your idea of "bang" would place a much higher emphasis on performance than it would on size and weight. Some people value that size and weight, and as much as I would disparage the whiners who complain over three pounds, I do enjoy having a small laptop. I still use my ancient Fujitsu Lifebook b-2542, even after I have a larger laptop. It fits in my professional backpack better, meaning I can pop into a cafe on break, and check the net. Something like 6x3 inches in screen size (10.4 standard to 15.4 widescreen) make a very large difference.

If I had more money, I would probably own two laptops: an EEE PC and a more-capable computer. However, due to my status as a student, and the money-flow typically associated, I can only afford a moderately capable laptop, which offers a decent mix of computational power and portability. I can game it up at a friends LAN party without lugging around 12 cubic-feet of hardware, and I can sit in a lounge typing up a report.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By Omega215D on 5/12/2008 9:28:32 PM , Rating: 2
You haven't been to a college campus have you? Many students in my school and friends at other schools don't want to carry a heavy laptop along with their books. Today someone made the choice of leaving their binder at home to bring their cheap but huge laptop.

Size and weight are what counts for many students. Typing up reports and using the internet do not require much power.

Now when you are comparing other notebooks with a similar size you'll see that the cheapest one you can get is $1700 from Sony.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By HighWing on 5/12/2008 12:07:22 PM , Rating: 2
Thats exactly what I thought when they first announced the price of these models. Most low end laptops have been hovering around $599 for the past few years now

And I know it's only one day a year, but come Black Friday, you would probably be able to get something 4x better for the same price or less.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By murphyslabrat on 5/12/2008 12:31:28 PM , Rating: 4
go $669 and you have a 1.4Ghz C2D, 2GB memory, and an 8600GT.
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx...

However, the size is a big feature, that does add to the price. A Ferrari costs more than a Toyota, because you are paying for the look and name, as well as capabilities. With the EEE PC, you are paying for the size. What you are forgetting is that models in this size-range usually cost in excess of $1000.

I wouldn't buy a Ferrari, and I wouldn't buy an EEE PC; I would however, buy a Vostro 1500 and a Schwinn Bicycle. It's all a matter of what works for you.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By HighWing on 5/12/2008 12:42:53 PM , Rating: 1
See my response above to the other person who beat you to the size comment already


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/12/2008 6:51:00 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I wouldn't buy a Ferrari


Blasphemy !


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By abzillah on 5/12/2008 2:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
The Eee PC has great specs and would work perfect for me, with my desktop as my main computer. But there is no way I would pay more than $350 for that thing. If it was under $400 I would likely buy it and if under 350 I would get one today, but $550 is way too much! I would rather not buy a laptop at all and just use my desktop for everything.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By xSauronx on 5/13/2008 8:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
Im a college student and had considered getting an Eee, but the 7" screen was too small. I figured id wait for the 9"...but at these prices, Its no good. Ill sell my T40 and get a dual-core something for the same price. Id prefer portability, but given the price and my schooling needs, i cant really justify the purchase of an Eee at almost $600


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By Oscarine on 5/12/2008 4:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really think you understand that the smaller the design the more expensive it becomes in laptops.

Just take a look at any manufacturers laptop lineup
the 14-17" units are generally priced around the same.

Than theres a premium at 13.3, 12.1, 11.1 etc.

If you were to compare the specs of the Sony TZ, the MacBook Air, Lenovo's X300 etc etc to there larger cousins you can see the trend.

Hence the price for the EEE Pc is actually miraculously low in comparison. You sacrifice maybe 30% of the usability of the units above, for a quarter or less of the price.


RE: Doesn't seem wise...
By Emily on 5/15/2008 10:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
I can't speak for the US market, but here in the UK, the original EEE PC was probably priced below what the overall market was ready to pay. For a while it was sold out everywhere, even after online stores added a premium in excess of $50.

In my opinion, Asus do not really have to worry about comparing itself with 15" laptops. People were paying a lot more for those ultra-compact Sony laptops before the EEE. Having said that, doubling the original price is pushing it a little: even though the EEE now has the most recognition in this market segment, and quite a lot of support, I'll definitely want to take a closer look at the MSI Wind.

If the two are comparable in size/weight (the EEE has an advantage, but I want to know how much), I'll settle with the most comfortable keyboard. I need something I can write reports with while I am on the move (travelling to several places over a short space of time).


LCDs didn't seem wise
By Funk Phenomena on 5/12/2008 5:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
Higher cost, less performance and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. CRTs ruled the roost, both performance and price wise, but man-oh-man was it nice to have half my desk back.

Ditto these little two pound wonders. I got the $400 one with webcam and love it.




RE: LCDs didn't seem wise
By FaceMaster on 5/12/2008 6:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
Your Mum's 400 pounds are hard to get on webcam but I still love it. It must be because of her superior performance and lower cost, though when she threw away her lousy t-shirt it sealed the deal.


RE: LCDs didn't seem wise
By regnez on 5/12/2008 7:43:53 PM , Rating: 1
That's a terrible comparison. CRTs were large and bulky, but did not offer any more screen because of it. LCDs are so successful because they save you space, heat, and power without sacrificing much, if anything, else.

Current laptops, on the other hand, do not protrude 2' out the back with nothing but casing; larger laptops have larger screens, which is something many people want. On top of this, you get an exponentially more powerful/capable computer. So, if you are in the market for a notebook, the original EEE was an immediately appealing option to many (but not all, I know) because of its price, not size.

That advantage is gone now. With the EEE priced at $550 and up, the disadvantages of a sub-notebook become much more apparent -- and it loses a large portion of its potential audience as a result.


RE: LCDs didn't seem wise
By Funk Phenomena on 5/13/2008 3:52:08 AM , Rating: 3
I'll respectfully disagree and state "performance" does not equal screen size when comparing LCD and CRT monitors. Five years ago I got a crt that blows away the eye candy of any similar priced lcd of today... a 19-incher for $249. But the thing was huge, though not nearly as big nor heavy as my 400 pound mother. ;) Up until two years ago, I had scoffed at giving up the beast for an under-performing lcd of similar price. Giving up chasing that 1600x1200 neon rainbow for gaming certainly had some influence on biting the bullet. Ghosting, resolution, pixel size and contrast ratio are some of the factors that haunt(ed) lcds. In essence, I gave up performance for portability which holds true for the eee as well.

Imo, price was half the main appeal for the eee, going hand-in-hand with size and weight. That said, I think the only thing wrong with the current $550 offering is people knowing the atom version will be out shortly. A $150 premium over the 4G for 16 extra gigs, a better webcam, more ram and bigger screen, all in the same small size... seems like a good deal. It will be interesting to see what kind of a premium the atom brings and how that correlates to the performance change. And while I would prefer my next eee without XP, the inclusion of it will open it up to a much broader market.

In that respect, yeah I don't know at what price point the eee loses out. If it's apples versus oranges, when does that difference become blurred?


Price
By ineedaname on 5/12/2008 12:04:16 PM , Rating: 1
Seeing how dell is selling brand new C2D 13" vostro's for $700. Its tough 2 justify a $600 eeepc imo. The eeepc does have the size advantage but even that kinda pales compared 2 the spec difference. At least the old eeepc's had a bigger price difference.

I was considering getting an eeePC but without atom and seeing how they kinda lie to you about the hdd size, it really turns me off. Its just a 4gb hdd with a 16gb sd card. I'd rather them include a 8gb hdd and get my own sd card.




RE: Price
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/12/2008 12:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually a 4GB SSD + 16GB internal memory module. The SD slot is still open.

But I agree, I would rather have an 8GB SSD and allow me to add my own additional storage via an SD card.


RE: Price
By Noya on 5/12/2008 12:49:52 PM , Rating: 2
$700?

The cheapest I see is a 13.3" with a Celeron/1gb/80gb/CD-burner for $749.

If you want a Core 2/2gb/250gb/Nvidia 8400 and a DVD-burner it's $950.


RE: Price
By Oregonian2 on 5/12/2008 2:16:47 PM , Rating: 2
Guess they'll not sell any then if your market analysis is correct. Guess when the stores start selling them they'll be at huge discounts to get them to move.


Price gouging
By DigitalFreak on 5/12/2008 2:59:03 PM , Rating: 5
Zipzoomfly and Newegg are notorious for price gouging on new products. This is nothing new.




So long ZZF & Co.
By nismotigerwvu on 5/12/2008 11:49:31 AM , Rating: 1
Lets pray Newegg doesn't follow suit. Otherwise I might run out of options. My online retailer sh**list is getting quite huge.




RE: So long ZZF & Co.
By gaakf on 5/12/2008 11:53:45 AM , Rating: 1
Why are you talking about Newegg? If Amazon.com is offering it at MSRP with free shipping, then just buy it there. There is no retailer that's going to be offering it at a discount from the $549 anytime soon.


RE: So long ZZF & Co.
By Funk Phenomena on 5/12/2008 1:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
In WA, Amazon charges a sales tax. So even though they offer free shipping, us Seattle folks are better off hitting up the egg.


interesting
By valkator on 5/12/2008 1:46:33 PM , Rating: 2
I noticed that zipzoomfly lists the EeePC with a 1.70GHz processor. Did anyone else notice this?




RE: interesting
By newcastlenellie on 5/14/2008 11:49:09 AM , Rating: 2
just putting it out there but i'm guessing thats a lie!


HP Mini-Note >> Eee 900
By abakshi on 5/13/2008 10:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
The HP 2133 Mini-Note makes a lot more sense than the Eee PC at the mid/upper end of their price ranges.

The HP's nearly full-size keyboard blows away the Eee PC's toddler-sized fingerboard, and the Mini-Note's far better-designed than Asus' plastic toy, much more resilient, and overall far more useful.

Sure, it has a Via C7, but the issue is seriously overblown-- it runs Vista, with Aero, perfectly fine. I usually use mine for notes in classes, etc., but I also routinely use it for Photoshop/Illustrator image editing and development in Dreamweaver and MS Visual Studio. The Eee PC, lacking a hard drive, is useless for such things.




RE: HP Mini-Note >> Eee 900
By dhalilahma on 5/13/2008 6:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
Why dont you guys research your articles, I bought my EEE pC900 from Micro Anvika a week ago, rrp. Maybe its different in the states, but in the UK you can walk into a shop and take one away, no overpricing. From what I could see they were selling like crack. I honestly dont think these are too expensive, this article just seems to be a space filler.


dumbest idea ever!
By Shadowmaster625 on 5/14/2008 4:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
Why would anyone pay $600 for a piece of crap laptop with specs you could get on a laptop from ebay for a fraction of the price?




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