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The Eee PC will be priced at $199 for bulk customers; retail prices start at $299

Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) should be nothing new to readers of this site. Over the past year, DailyTech detailed the Samsung Q1 along with Sony's Vaio UX series -- more recently, we've seen new offerings in the form of the Samsung Q1 Ultra and Fujitsu LifeBook U810.

While the UMPC platform has sparked some interest from consumers, the high price of entry -- around $1,000 for entry-level models -- has stalled significant growth of the sector. Asustek hopes to change that with its new Eee PC.

According to Reuters, the Eee PC will be priced from $199 for its bulk customers. Asustek's Eee PC will be available at brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy and online retailers like Newegg within the next few weeks. The UMPC will later make an appearance in Europe.

"If we can sell a couple million [Eee PCs], we'll be confident," remarked Jonathan Tsang, Asustek's president of sales and marketing.

The Eee PC features a 7" display (800x480), 10/100 NIC, 56k modem, WiFi, 256MB to 1GB of DDR2 memory and solid-state memory for storage (2GB to 8GB). To keep prices low, the device runs a Linux-based operating system although it is compatible with Windows XP.

The range-topping Eee PC 8G features 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage space. It also features a 5200 mAh battery good for 3.5 hours of battery life (lesser models are stuck with a 4400 mAh battery good for 2.8 hours). Device weight is a trim 2 pounds.

A Russian review of the Eee PC revealed that the device is powered by an ULV 900MHz Intel Celeron processor which is backed up by an Intel 910GMLE Express chipset.

Updated 10/16/2007
Asus has released official specifications for its Eee PC and this article has been updated to reflect the additional information. According to Gizmodo, the Eee PC will retail from $299 USD.


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Interesting indeed.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/15/2007 8:44:27 AM , Rating: 2
This would be a good "My first laptop" for the kids, just wipe it and load a copy of good ole Win2K and your set.




RE: Interesting indeed.
By Moishe on 10/15/2007 8:54:48 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, win2k would run great on one of these. Depending on what they give you though, the installed OS could be quite nice.

It's about time there was a $200 laptop.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By wordsworm on 10/15/2007 9:07:17 AM , Rating: 2
Kids? I want one too! Looks great for throwing it in your bag without worrying too much about the harddrive getting knocked into oblivion. It might very well be my first foray into Linux. It says 'XP compatible', so I'm thinking of reloading Ubuntu Server on it to finally give my ambition of learning the ropes a try. I don't think I'll ever replace Windows altogether, but it'd sure be fun to try! But, as you said, 'for the kids', if you look at their pictures, you can see two kids playing with it: a boy in the driver's seat and the girl smiling as she lets big brother show her how.

The high end one looks good: 1GB ram, 8GB solid state hard drive. That's enough for my basic needs when I'm just looking to do a bit of work in a different setting than the office or at home. Since I use OpenOffice for my spreadsheet and wordprocessor, that's most of what I'd be using it for. Doing work at the pub, getting drunk, dropping the machine. But wait! It's ok! Solid state drive, remember?! Cracked screen? Oh well... get another one. It's only $199! Hail to Asus!


RE: Interesting indeed.
By Anh Huynh on 10/15/2007 10:29:08 AM , Rating: 2
I want one too :(.

It'd be a great notebook to use for notes in class....too bad I'm graduating in March >_<, and I have an iPhone to use as a portable Internet device.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By theapparition on 10/16/2007 8:54:59 AM , Rating: 1
OK,
I'm getting a little tired from people reading too much into this article. I'm really not trying to flame, but I am going to burst your bubble.

quote:
The high end one looks good: 1GB ram, 8GB solid state hard drive.

Nowhere does it have 1GB ram, its listed as 512MB.

quote:
the Eee PC will be priced from $199 for its bulk customers.

Here's the bubble bursting part. It will start from $199. That is for the low end 4GB model, expect the higher end models to cost more. That is also the price that bulk customers will pay. You will certainly pay more. I expect this to actually get into your hands for $299 at launch.

I think this is pretty cool by asus, so I'm not trashing it by any means. I just don't think you'll be able to buy one at $199.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By jtemplin on 10/16/2007 10:08:57 AM , Rating: 2
Um...your not very good at bubble bursting. The article clearly states that the
quote:
range-topping Eee PC 8G features 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage space.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By wordsworm on 10/16/2007 10:12:35 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Nowhere does it have 1GB ram, its listed as 512MB.
Insert sarcastic comment here: ..........
quote:
256MB to 1GB of DDR2 memory and solid-state memory for storage (2GB to 8GB).
I'd be surprised to find them much over $199 to savvy consumers. But, this is speculation at best. I wouldn't be surprised to see the high end version at around $399-499.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By theapparition on 10/17/2007 7:45:44 AM , Rating: 2
That information was only added after the article was updated at 9:25 before both your and jtemplin's replies. In fact, that ASUS site has it listed starting at 256MB of memory, which was never in the original Daily Tech article. I don't doubt that it can go to 1GB, but it will start at 256MB. And that again is for the base price.

As I originally stated, I guessed that the retail price was going to be $299. Guess what the official starting retail price is........???

If it had the originally stated 512MB ram, 8GB SS storage, all for $199, I would have snapped one up in a heartbeat. As would you and most others here who were excited about this. But I was skeptical, and posted my doubts that you'd be able to actually get that machine, with those specifications, for that price. As it turns out, I was right.

quote:
I wouldn't be surprised to see the high end version at around $399-499.

I agree, and because of that, my enthusiasm has completely died. Why pay $499 when you can get a cheapo Dell or HP laptop for similar. And those laptops will far exceed anything this one can do (with exception of battery life).


RE: Interesting indeed.
By murphyslabrat on 10/18/2007 10:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
But it's small! you can fit it in your backpack, and you cannot do that with other brands!

/sarcasm


RE: Interesting indeed.
By wordsworm on 10/15/2007 9:09:46 AM , Rating: 2
I have no idea why you got rated down for this post... maybe some Linux fans were offended by your suggestion. btw, did you notice that it's good for XP?


RE: Interesting indeed.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/15/2007 6:55:07 PM , Rating: 2
Good for XP yes, but Win2K has lower system footprint and requirements, I was trying to get the most mileage out of the lack of disk space and hardware.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By wordsworm on 10/16/2007 10:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Good for XP yes, but Win2K has lower system footprint and requirements, I was trying to get the most mileage out of the lack of disk space and hardware.


So... do you mean you won't be trying Vista on it?


RE: Interesting indeed.
By FITCamaro on 10/15/2007 9:13:23 AM , Rating: 2
The question is is it fast enough to say watch movies or TV shows loaded onto it? 800x480 is good enough for standard def rips off DVDs. Of course you're not going to fit a ton of shows on it. But you could say get a few movies or a season of your favorite show on it.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By erwos on 10/15/2007 9:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
Every GPU out there has MPEG2 acceleration. And I was watching DVDs on a Celeron 700mhz way back when _without it_.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By Chris Peredun on 10/15/2007 9:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
MPEG2 is way too large to be used on this device; I think the parent poster is looking more in the realm of downloaded or ripped video in an MPEG4 flavour.

I have a feeling that the CPU in the Eee is the same cacheless Celeron-M 900 that was used in the early ASUS R2H UMPCs, which means that DivX/Xvid performance should be sufficient at near-native resolutions, but it definitely won't be handling any heavy lifting codec-wise.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By FITCamaro on 10/15/2007 1:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
My mom had a 700MHz Celeron laptop. It sucked playing DVDs. Would skip and freeze any time there was a heavy action sequence. Could've been the player but still.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By drew494949 on 10/15/2007 9:39:15 AM , Rating: 2
Good comment... also, Can it play Doom?

[This time the comment was actually called for]

:-)

I'd love to turn this into a Portable movie and music player. As long as it has wi-fi built in.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By wrekd on 10/15/2007 10:13:00 AM , Rating: 2
I really really want one of these so I can load Ubuntu.

Remember there is no optical drive so you will need to transfer the movies to it.

It does have plenty of usb slots and an SD slot for added space.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By Gul Westfale on 10/15/2007 10:25:43 AM , Rating: 1
i would love one of these. right now i'm keeping my $1200 laptop at work (we have wireless where i work), but i only use it to watch the occasional simpson's episode or send emails/browse the web while i'm on my lunch break. this little asus thingie could do that as well, and for only 200 bucks i wouldn't worry so much about it being stolen.

however, the text says that the price is $199 for bulk customers
; so there might be a markup for those of us who just buy one or two of these. even at $250 this would still be a great deal though.


RE: Interesting indeed.
By marvdmartian on 10/15/2007 10:42:29 AM , Rating: 2
I can see one of these being perfect not only for the kids, but also for older folks that just want something cheap for e-mail and mild web surfing. Give this to your parents or grandparents, so they can get into ebay too! ;)

Actually, this would be just about perfect for my brother in law. He has absolutely no use for one, but wants a laptop computer, especially once he saw how cool the one his daughter (my niece) got was. Give him one of these, with the capabilities it has, and he'd be happy. :)


RE: Interesting indeed.
By marvdmartian on 10/15/2007 10:49:04 AM , Rating: 2
Since there's no way to edit or add onto our posts.......

The other thing I just thought of was that this would be perfect with some sort of an optical drive on it. Say maybe a dvd-rom? Then give it usb2.0, so you can have an external burner possibility. :)


RE: Interesting indeed.
By Wolfpup on 10/15/2007 3:48:07 PM , Rating: 2
I see this as possibly useful as a sort of PDA. Just something you can access quickly, drag around the house, etc. It's cheap enough that you won't worry too much about hauling it everywhere.

At least someone's finally getting the price right on these things. I assume it might be able to sell for $250-300ish?


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