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Eee PC 901  (Source: Engadget)

Eee Box B202  (Source: Hot Hardware)
ASUS breaks out two new Eee models

DailyTech reported last week that a wave of new Eee products would be making their way to Computex this year, and ASUS is now ready to deliver. Both the Eee PC 801 netbook and the Eee Box B202 nettop were unveiled today in Taiwan.

The Eee PC 901 builds upon the recently introduced Eee PC 900 with a completely redesigned exterior. Also new to the Eee PC 901 are a 1.6GHz Atom processor, standard Bluetooth and optional WiMAX (which will be introduced at a later date). Other specifications -- including the 20GB/Linux, 12GB/Windows XP storage configurations and port selection -- remain identical to the previous Eee PC 900.

ASUS says that the switch from the 900MHz Celeron-M to the 1.6GHz Atom will boost battery life to around four to six hours.

According to Engadget, ASUS is expected to make price cuts to the Eee PC 701 and Eee PC 900 product lines to make room for the Eee PC 901 and better compete with new entries like MSI's Wind.

In other Eee PC news, specifications for the 2.2-pound Eee Box B202 have been revealed to the public. The Eee Box will come pre-loaded with either Windows XP Home or Linux like its Eee PC brethren. A 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor handles processing duties while a 945GSE handles chipset duties.

The Eee Box comes reasonably equipped with two USB 2.0 ports, GbE, 802.11n, 3-in-media reader, and a DVI port. Those looking for an optical drive might be disappointed -- you'll have to use one of the USB 2.0 ports to hook up an external DVD burner.

When the Eee Box B202 launches in the U.S. this July, it will be priced at $269 (Linux, 1GB, 80GB HDD), $299 (Linux, 2GB, 160GB), and $299 (Windows XP Home, 1GB, 80GB) respectively.

Updated 6/2/2008
Hexus managed to capture an image of a placard for the upcoming Eee PC 1000H. Although the actual netbook was nowhere to be found, it will feature a 10” display, an Intel Atom processor, Windows XP or Linux, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and an 80GB HDD when equipped with Windows XP. It's likely that a Linux variant would be equipped with a 160GB HDD as with the Eee Box B202.

Other things to note are a battery life of 3.2 to 5 hours and a weight of 3.19 pounds. Further information including pricing and pictures are sure to come when Computex officially kicks off tomorrow.



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Well...
By Quiescent on 6/2/2008 7:43:52 AM , Rating: 5
I own the EeePC 4G Surf. The 901 looks nice, but if Asus doesn't drop their prices soon, then people are going to be like me and look to other types of bigger netbooks that will do just as well, but cheaper.

Again, as I was before I got my EeePC, I am very skeptical about the PC version. I am not sure it would survive in the business environment or a school environment. Which they could use the space they save on their desks for keyboards and mice! however the crappy computers at my school cant even run very well.




RE: Well...
By tuteja1986 on 6/2/2008 7:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
I am interested in the Ebox , asus e laptop never interested me once , ebox cost around $200, then it can be a useful replacement for my web server.

Quiet , cheap , run 24/7 , running in the laundry room.


RE: Well...
By biggsjm on 6/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: Well...
By spuddyt on 6/2/2008 8:27:01 AM , Rating: 3
if You don't stop critisicing this formula of posting, I am going to start flaming!


RE: Well...
By Quiescent on 6/2/2008 7:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
If you haven't noticed, which is probably why your post got rated down, I stated I own an Eee 4G Surf. I am very happy with my Eee 4G Surf. I would recommend the Eee 701. Pricing is out of place for the Eee 90x. I wouldn't recommend it NOW. I did state that it's a nice netbook, but currently it is not in a good price range. We all know this.

And the MSI Wind, though housing a harddrive, bigger keyboard (not really something I would look for in my next netbook), is priced great, and it looks to be a pretty good netbook. I must have forgotten to mention this, but by now I would have thought everyone knew about this.

Pricing right NOW is not good. Of course the rest of the netbook market is going to influence Asus into dropping prices. Hello, economy 101 here. Thanks for stating the obvious! ;)

As for the Eeebox. It would be great for basic home usage. That's it.


RE: Well...
By mmntech on 6/2/2008 8:20:10 PM , Rating: 2
I agree about the Eee Box. As I said in the comments on AT article about it, I think a lot of the more hardcore people here forget that the vast majority of people don't need a high power system. All my parents use their home computer for is email, light web surfing, and paying bills. You don't need a Core 2 Quad and a pair of HD3870s to pay the gas bill. They want something cheap. Where else can you get a full Windows XP system for just $300?

I personally wouldn't mind an Eee Box as an HTPC. Nice and small, it doesn't look much bigger than a Wii. I could use it to store all my CDs in FLAC. That's something my PS3 can't do. You can get an external DVD burner off Newegg for $55 or just get a cheap DVD combo and put it in your own enclosure. Or if you already have a desktop, just take advantage of wireless networking using remote disc drives.


Why you take away optical drive?
By hinchesk on 6/2/2008 9:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
Makes sense on a laptop where space and power come at a premium but on a desktop, the loss of functionality outweighs the space gains.

Looks like ASUS is aiming for form over function. It's working for Apple so why not I guess. Granted optical disks are on borrowed time, there's still lots of people with audio/video disks that would like a nice little HTPC and who don't want to have to deal with external drives.




By Topweasel on 6/2/2008 11:30:36 AM , Rating: 2
Everyone acts like Asus only manufacturers these E products and therefore doesn't off the "function" part. The make several Barebones in all sizes (though the E box is the smallest)these contain or can contain optical drives. For their laptops they sell the cheaper Full size laptops as well, In fact I have a 15.4' 200GB TL-60 with 2GB ram that I got for just over $800 from Asus. So again these laptops and desktops are not about performance, their only a little bit about capabilities, they are completely worried about Form/form factor. Asus now offers something at $300-$500 that normally would cost $1400-$2000. If you want to see the what Asus is trying to compete with look at the Sony TZ or UX series that start at $1699 and $2499 respectively and $1499 for the Dell 430.

Luckily though now that Asus has picked up steam in these untapped markets, Dell, MSI, and HP are coming in with very nice looking competition. But still keep in mind that over a year ago it used to cost 3x for the same type of machine, and was still a lot slow then the cheap normal machines.


RE: Why you take away optical drive?
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2008 3:46:06 PM , Rating: 2
Actually on a desktop I'm more forgiving since it won't have to move much. But on a laptop, if I want to watch a DVD, I shouldn't have to set up my laptop, then have a DVD drive hanging off of it. Sure I can rip the DVD to my PC, reconvert to a smaller size, and load onto the thing, but a) then I'm technically breaking the law and b) most people don't know how to do that.


By Smartless on 6/2/2008 4:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree unless you have I-tunes. Personally I wouldn't go there except watching the Star Wars episode of Family Guy almost makes me want to. Almost that is.


By feelingshorter on 6/2/2008 6:25:39 PM , Rating: 3
Most people wouldn't be watching a DVD on these small screens anyways. I have 3 laptops and i hardly ever use the DVD drive at all. I wish most manufactures would take it off and inturn make the laptop ultra portable or use that space to add an extra battery (like the Lenovo laptops where you can take the DVD drive out and add in a battery in the slot!). I never watch DVDs on a latop. If me and my friends have a movie worth watching that long, its worth watching on the big screens.

But the Eee 1001 already weights 3.2 lbs so it is no longer ultra light weight, add a DVD drive to that, it will increase the size + cost + weight for little benefits. Again Asus is hitting a market that most people don't understand. I'm one of those people that would buy a Eee 900 because its so light weight and small form factor. Simple at that. Go buy a cheap $500 15.4 inch laptop if your looking for a DVD drive.

The functionality is the fact that it is so small. Your saying DVD drive > laptop weight/size and other people like me believe otherwise. Ask anyone with a laptop when was the last time they used the DVD drive (almost never after the initial installing of software?).

People do pay 2000-3000 for portability! The lenovo U110 is a 11inch laptop that is just that, small + no DVD drive (comes with one external usb one) and i'd be willing to pay 1800 for it without hesitation.


Glossy coating
By Saosin on 6/2/2008 8:00:38 AM , Rating: 2
Enough with the glossy cases, alright? It looks hideous after less than a month of use - fingerprints and scratches everywhere...




RE: Glossy coating
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2008 8:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah my PSP always has smudges on it. I really wish they made it with a non-glossy finish. Sure it looks cool clean, but it doesn't stay clean long.


RE: Glossy coating
By Quiescent on 6/2/2008 8:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not so sure about the Eee 900, but the Eee 701 isn't glossy whether white or black. In fact it becomes glossy after use, cause the texture wears off. (Looks like grease stains if you don't know what's happened)


RE: Glossy coating
By Segerstein on 6/3/2008 4:21:54 PM , Rating: 2
If it is glossy, then I'm certainly not buying a black one. I'll buy a white one :)


Eee Box B202
By Cunthor666 on 6/2/2008 7:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
I quite like the idea of Eee Box B202, I reckon this is the box to get your mom for emailing and playing Solitare on.




EEBox
By BansheeX on 6/2/2008 8:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
The eebox will be a sure buy for me when it gets:

hdmi video/audio out
a more powerful/modern chipset

Until then, rot. If can't output to my television or decode mpeg4 video, it's just an e-mail box for Grandma.




Price is good, but.....
By iwod on 6/2/2008 10:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
Price for Ebox is good, but i would like them to use Intel X4500 HD Chipset with Hardware HD decode. And a Dual Core Atom.

May be that is for next revision.

Then it will be perfect for an entry level PC.




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