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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 Pirks on 3/27/2008 2:28:13 AM , Rating: 0
How come all the Apple products like iPods, iPhones and iMacs are the first POPULAR products featuring something their competitors failed to sell well? How do they manage to reimplement previously existing features so that even corporations are eager to buy them?

Read this, fanboys: http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command...

Ever imagined corporate customers actually LOVING Macs and ASKING FOR MORE, because Macs have better human-friendly intefrace/experience? Can't wrap your little mouse brains around that, huh?

Time to crawl from under the rock, fanboys, time to realize people are mostly NOT interested in overclocking and chipset serial numbers these days. People want computers that are simple, easy to work with, COMFORTABLE and reliable - guess who's winning the contest - Apple. Read that link from above again. Work your little brains on it. Think out of your tiny overclocked watercooled Wintel box, that should help.


By icrf on 3/27/2008 7:41:40 AM , Rating: 2
I never said they don't often make a solid product. I was solely disputing the fact that they are innovators of product features.

Why are Apple products popular? In case you missed it that last time: Mar-ket-ing. For some reason, you consider that an insult. They're a company doing business and they've managed to build a very high quality image for themselves. The Steve is very good at generating RDF and getting the press to cover their products in an exciting light and advertise the hell out of them. This is a great skill they're unsurpassed in. It's not an insult. It's reality.


By Pirks on 3/27/2008 12:40:03 PM , Rating: 1
Nobody made monoblock "computer in your LCD panel" iMac-like computers before Apple. Innovation? Check.

Nobody made very small high-capacity MP3 player with click wheel and neat internet store integration before Apple. Innovation? Check.

Nobody made notebooks with backlit keyboards before Apple. Innovation? Check.

Nobody made magsafe power connectors in notebooks before Apple. Innovation? Check.

Nobody made smartphone with the web browser capable of multitouch finger control and displaying full version of web sites (not pocket pc optimized crap version) before Apple. Innovation? Check.

Nobody made pocket music/video player with the same multitouch finger control and same full-scale version of web browser before Apple. Innovation? Check.

Nobody before Apple tried to bend music recording companies real hard so that they decided to drop DRM (remember that famous Jobs's open letter?). Innovation? Check.

Nobody before Apple tried to bend cellphone carriers so that they actually listen to what cellphone manufacturer says (read iPhone history blogs to understand what I'm talking about). Innovation? Check.

Yeah, sure, it's all marketing and everything, but the key point that every single Wintel fanatic misses is that they actually have something unique to market, something nobody else has. Unlike army of cheapo PC clone makers marketing their Wintel boxes which look all the same.


By MDE on 3/28/2008 2:47:17 AM , Rating: 3
Apple has a history of seeing something in use and applying it elsewhere.

The GUI? Looked good at Xerox, let's do that too.

I've had a backlit keyboard on my Windows PC for years now. Google the Saitek Eclipse, it's been around almost forever.

How many people griped about the "fake" internet on their phones\PDAs? Apple just listened to potential customers here, good business sense.

iPod Touc- you mean iPhone minus the phone right? Nobody has removed features from one product, rebranded it and called it something else before, right? *cough* Celeron *cough*

Nobody has had the near stranglehold on the digital music market that Apple has, so I can't argue with Apple being first at that. But you've got to think that DRM-free music is cheaper for Apple to distribute. Not having to authorize computers and iPods constantly would save a lot of processing power and bandwidth.

All I saw Apple doing to AT&T was wedging a crowbar into their oversized wallet and taking a share of subscriber revenue. That's certainly NOT a precedent I want to see continue.

Apple fanatics just need to take their heads out of Jobs' Reality Distortion FieldĀ®.

<- Former iPod owner, current MacBook owner


By robinthakur on 3/28/2008 7:32:31 AM , Rating: 2
Please excuse Pirks, his attitude does not represent the majority of Apple users. I think its a little condescending to lay all of Apple's considerable success on solely Marketing. OS X is a wonderful solid OS and customer satisfaction is high amongst Mac owners, believe it or not. I don't know anyone who owns an iPhone who doesn't love it for example. All the marketing in the world can't convince people that they love a product if after they buy it they realise that they've been conned or the product is *all* marketing and no substance...

This is rare and rather than just being attributable to 'marketing' it results from Apple designing the way the devices interact with Humans to be slightly less jarring than their competitors. This is an intangible which few people seem to realise is important and even fewer get right but there's not much point having the best specs in an unwieldy and frustrating to operate device, no matter how much it costs. HTC and Windows Mobile users take note please (<> Former HTC TYTN user here) Apple integrates features such as the backlit keyboard into say, the Macbook pro so that they look less like gimmicks than they do on for example the Saitek Eclipse and more industrially designed. I'm sure that unlike Apple, MS windows licensed the Xerox graphical OS completely legally, but I digress.

You could say that Apple understand their customer base unusually well and listening to customers is to be commended. The iPod Touch was a master stroke because it took most of the interesting features of the iPhone (i.e. the touch bit) and stuck it on a cheapo device for people to try before they buy an iPhone. Their success is reflected in their share price, so the approach whatever it is, works. Agreed on the point re: AT&T though, its very annoying.


By icrf on 3/28/2008 10:07:41 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I didn't mean to stretch the marketing bit so hard. I was just trying to simplify it for Pirks. Apple does generally make solid products, with the user interface being the big polished hook. They can read the market well, which I was lumping in with marketing.

I'm always a little surprised when I see what people think Apple invented, especially when that feature ends up in something else and this new product "copied" but Apple "innovated." Too much RDF koolaid.

Oh, and Pirks, in case you missed the memo, Apple is now using Intel products, so the "wintel" deragatory may need a little work.


By Pirks on 3/28/2008 10:40:17 AM , Rating: 1
Learn to understand the difference between Wintel and Intel.

Apple's user interface being a hook, but it's just came all by itself, Apple didn't invent it, didn't innovate it. Apple GUI appears out of nowhere. Blah blah. Just another fanatic.

Yawn.


By Pirks on 3/28/2008 10:48:34 AM , Rating: 1
robinthakur, why are you so late? I have to battle Wintel fanboys all by myself. If you posted here faster and more often then I wouldn't be posting here so much. You're saying exactly what I'm saying but for some magical reason Wintel fanboys don't downrate you. Please post here more often.

Where have you been when yet another Wintel idiot teldar said the standard stupidity about "Apple hardware being twice the price"? If you replied to that moron on time I wouldn't be waging another war with fanboys here :)


By Pirks on 3/28/2008 10:34:45 AM , Rating: 1
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Looked good at Xerox, let's do that too
Apple was the first to commercialize it. Commercializing something and making it a mass product is called INNOVATION. Apple innovated GUI first, then MS followed and cloned them, as usual.
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Saitek Eclipse
Your attempt at replacing first NOTEBOOK with backlit keyboard with JUST THE KEYBOARD is no more than a lousy trick, easily noticeable. Again, PERSONALLY FOR YOU, who can't understand things quick: I WAS TALKING ABOUT _NOTEBOOK_ WITH BACKLIT KEYBOARD. Notebook, understand? NOT the separate keyboard. Apple was first with such a notebook, they innovated it and no tricks and shuffles can change that.

You can replace notebook with any other product for all you want, I don't care. What is REALLY impotant here is the fact that fanboys can't find first backlit keyboard NOTEBOOK made BEFORE Apple made it :P You are a live proof of that :-)
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Apple just listened to potential customers here
Listening to what customers want and implementing it in a creative way is called innovation. News for ya, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to get some education.
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Celeron
This still doesn't change the fact that Apple was first with such a player. Again, no fanatical tricks, name changes and shuffles can change that. You fanboys can't find player which had characteristics similar to iPod Touch (multitouch control plus full-scale/non-pocket-pc style web browsing) and was made before it. But you just have to say something, no matter what the facts are. Keep renaming and shuffling, I don't care. Like I said what is important here is that you can't change the FACT that Apple was FIRST with their innovation.

Your shuffling and dancing around DRM also does not change anything. Apple again was FIRST to pressure studios to drop DRM, and MS again followed them with their pathetic Zune clones. Fanboys can't say anything substantial about the facts, they can only rename them. Whatever.
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NOT a precedent I want to see continue

Yeah, sure, you don't wanna see any precedent of cell phone manufacturer selling what people wanna buy, not what cell operators are shoving down their throat. Whatever, this is your own problem, buddy :)

Wintel fanboys have to learn to appreciate facts and stop dancing around and renaming and babbling stupid things about these facts. If Apple was first - be a man, admit it, don't start your stupid dance "Look at my KEYBOARD, it was selling way BEFORE your NOTEBOOK!"

You don't realize that you look like an idiot when you're saying stuff like that?

<- former Toshiba Portege tablet owner, current Dell Vostro 1700 owner


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