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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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A couple of years
By dagamer34 on 3/26/2008 2:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
So I'm guessing in a couple of years the Asus Eee PC will graduate from high school and be a full fledged laptop with a price to match. I will laugh then.

Seriously, the only way the Eee PC will truly distinguish itself as a competitor in the low-end market is if it stays ONLY in the low-end. Pick a price and stick to it, otherwise you'll see spec quickly escalate and cause the price to inflate. I really hope people don't forget that a cheap 15" Dell Inspiron can be had for $600-$700 with the right coupons and it does SOO much more.

RE: A couple of years
By fic2 on 3/26/2008 3:13:12 PM , Rating: 2
I have one of those cheap dell laptops (E1505) and am thinking about getting a EEE. I hate carrying my laptop when I travel because of it's weight. 99% of the time I use it as a desktop replacement and it stays chained to my desk.

RE: A couple of years
By bohhad on 3/28/2008 12:33:02 AM , Rating: 2
maybe it's because i only use my laptop infrequently, but i don't understand all this about a laptop being too heavy to be portable. have we all become so weak that 6 to 10 pounds is just entirely too much to carry around?

RE: A couple of years
By Bruneauinfo on 3/29/2008 11:45:54 AM , Rating: 2
well... when you're trying to not look like a satchel toting computer geek...

i'm a construction worker. i've tried two 17" widescreen laptops in my work truck. i'm in the field in my truck 8 to 12 hours a day. that big laptop is a royal pain when i have to get it out and put it back into its reserved and somewhat massive real estate-consuming "parking spot" in the back of my already crowded extended cab.

with the ASUS EEE i'll be able to stash it in my center console in the front, it will be easily fed with a 90 watt power inverter, and if i want to take it into a resteraunt for lunch i won't have to lug it - i'll tote it along. :P

trying to get a 17" lappy opened up when i'm sitting in the front seat is like trying to open a street map. its very cumbersome. plus that's not just lugging around 6 to 10 pounds you're talking about. you're also balancing 6 to 10 pounds on your knee while sitting in your truck, waiting in the airport for your plane, etc. it's 6 to 10 pounds you're holding during an impromptu presentation out on the job site, etc.

i don't want a big laptop. i don't even want a medium laptop. i could maybe get by with a small 12" screen laptop. but i'm pretty pumped with the prospect of a laptop that's just a smidgen larger than a DVD case. so i'll try the ASUS EEE.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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