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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 DeepBlue1975 on 3/26/2008 4:49:52 PM , Rating: 2
Guys, please stop comparing an EEE with a fully fledged laptop.

Mi wife bought a Compaq machine which is a great 17 incher with dual core processor, excelent resolution and 160gb hdd space amongst many other great stuff.
We take it on holidays and take advantage of the fact that we can use it in every single room of the house, just connected via wifi which is served by my dinosaur sized desktop...
All for $600, which is roughly what this EEE will cost.

But then again, I payed more than that for my Nokia N95-3 which is obviously much less efficient than her laptop, and even much less powerful than the least powerful EEE, but hey, I can't put the 17" laptop in my shirt's pocket, or can I?

If you are going to compare the EEE to anything in the market, it has to be an UMPC like the sony vaio TX (which costs quite a bit more) or the upcoming HP which surely will cost loads more than the EEE because of the rumored specs.

As for me, as soon as the diamondville version of the EEE gets out, I will be getting one (not because of power, but rather because it will heat a bit less and eat less power, while also performing better). And that laptop I plan to use to take notes on my german and portuguese classes while lively recording the teacher's pronnunciation, and to watch videos on the go, to write small docs here and there and to play old games which it will be able to run, and also to browse the net using my n95 as a 3g bluetooth modem in places I couldn't dream of taking my wife's 17" with me.

Lets name it like it is: the problem is not the price, but what you want to do with the machine, and most importantly, in which occasions will you be using it.

If you don't feel the need to have internet access / office documents almost everywere you go without the hassle of getting a big heft around, and you don't need to get really complex tasks done with it, then you're right, you don't need and EEE nor any other UMPC which, analyzed solely on a power/buck ratio, will always loose to fully fledged laptops.

The most weighting factor here is increased portability and ease to take it out almost everywere, which can't be said for 14" and bigger laptops, and if you talk about 10-12" inch ones, then you will need to pay so much more than what an EEE costs.

It's like saying "why buy a quad core CPU when a single core one gets the job equally well done for me?". When you need to ask yourself that kind of question, it is very clear, at least for me, that the product you are talking about is not right for you at all.




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