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Multi-touch trackpad.
ASUS' Eee PC 900 is gets laid out on the autopsy table.

ASUS turned more than a few heads with its original Eee PC 401. The $399 device came out of nowhere and stole the hearts of many computer enthusiasts (and non-enthusiasts). Over time, ASUS released models that slotted under and above the original 4G model and added more colorful options.

Earlier this month, details began to leak on the Eee PC 900. The Eee PC 900 features an 8.9", 1024x600 display (up from a 7", 800x480 display) along with more SSD storage space (8GB for Windows XP, 12GB for Xandros Linux).

It was later revealed that the slightly larger Eee PC 900 will support HDDs in the future along with Intel's Diamondville-based Intel Atom processor for increased battery life and performance in comparison to the existing Celeron-M. "In the near future, we also are trying to support one-day computing which would provide more than 8 hours. I think in May we might be closer to providing that," said ASUS CEO Jerry Shen.

Other options that will come to the Eee PC lineup in the future include WiMAX and HSDPA.

Today, however, we were all greeted with a wealth of new information (and pictures) on the new Eee PC 900. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website is abuzz with a new entry detailing ASUS' latest and greatest. The FCC entry provides numerous pictures of the Eee PC 900 from the inside and the outside along with the device's user manual.

Perusing through the pictures and manuals, we learn that despite what ASUS' CEO previously mentioned, the power adapter used for the new Eee PC 900 is much larger than the original Eee PC 401. While not a deal-breaker for many people, it's something to take note of for travel purposes.

The internal photos also show that the Eee PC now has Bluetooth. This is a welcome addition for mobile warriors that use Bluetooth mice and don't want to carry around an addition Bluetooth dongle or RF dongle for traditional wireless mice.

Also new to the Eee PC 900 is what it calls "Multi-finger gesture input". This allows users to perform iPhone/iPod touch-esque gestures such as "pinching" to zoom in and out in applications.

If pricing holds firm at the previously reported $500 for the Eee PC 900, this could make quite a popular entry with consumers. Throw in the rumored touch screen and GPS and things could get really interesting.

Now if only ASUS could deliver on the original $199 promise...

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By Joz on 3/26/2008 1:49:48 PM , Rating: 1
couse at $299 a few months back thanks to clerence at BB, it is and still is a better deal then a crapy EEE.

Cloudbook>EEE btw.

Wish I had a working Microsoft Surface to play AOE and CaC on.

By Brandon Hill on 3/26/2008 1:52:46 PM , Rating: 4
All reports say that Cloudbook is pretty subpar:

At first glance the CloudBook is an impressive design with some innovative features and some reasonably impressive specs for the $400 price tag. However, upon closer examination it's clear that VIA and Everex had to make a number of sacrifices to bring this ultra-mobile notebook to the market for such a low price.

The low-capacity slow hard drive, and slow overall performance make the CloudBook a less than compelling purchase compared to the current generation Asus Eee PC 4G ... despite the much smaller storage space. The fact that the CloudBook cannot support the correct resolutions for widescreen external monitors is another problem for anyone who wants to connect this laptop to a larger screen. The issue of excessive heat build up inside the CloudBook is perhaps the most obvious "deal killer." Who wants to own a laptop that you can only use for 30-45 minutes when connected to the internet before you have to turn it off and let it cool down?

I do have to say the high-resolution scaling on the tiny screen and 30GB of storage space are very nice features, but these benefits pale in comparison to the other problems and limitations the CloudBook brings to the table. In short, I have a hard time recommending the current generation of the Everex CloudBook for any consumer. Given the strength of the Asus Eee PC and upcoming budget subnotebooks from other manufacturers, there simply isn't a compelling reason to purchase the CloudBook.

By mmntech on 3/26/2008 2:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, gOS is certainly nothing to write home about. It just has an incomplete feel with it, especially due to it's heavy reliance on online applications. There are far better distros out there such as PCLinuxOS and Foresight.

I'm starting to warm up to the Eee PC now after initially disliking it. They seem to be aware of and are working to fix the original's issues. I really hope they dump that Celeron for the Atom Diamondville. The multitouch and Bluetooth are really nice additions. I also saw HDD support mentioned in the article, which is news to me. Throw in a 20gb or 40gb HDD and the system would be perfect. I'm certainly not going to trade in my iBook G4 for it. Even though it's three years old and was not top of the line to begin with, it still outperforms the Eee PC in every single way. I can put up with the added weight.

By bertomatic on 3/26/2008 5:21:02 PM , Rating: 2
Acer laptops suck. Everyone I have ever seen or supported had some kind of wierd issue. They also have a more than average amount of crapware preinstalled at the factory.

Would everyone please quit comparing a EEE with cheap regular laptops! The EEE's are ultra portable, not just portable.

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