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ASUS Eee PC 701 4G  (Source: Notebook Review)
ASUS' original "$199 laptop" debuts at nearly $300 on Nov 1

One of the more anticipated pieces of technology to hit the market, the ASUS Eee PC, has been the subject of many articles on DailyTech and other news sites. With reviews and first impressions trickling in from various sites, the price point has finally appeared -- and it's a far cry from the initial hopes.

NotebookReview has managed to snag a slide from a presentation showing the U.S. price points for the Eee 2G Surf, 4G Surf, and 4G models. None of them are the original, much-touted $199; in fact, the price for the model originally flaunted by ASUS is no less than double that at $399.

In addition, the $399 unit will be the only one available for launch on this coming Thursday. The 8G model was not listed on the presentation, but judging by the existing prices, it would not be a surprise to see it debut at $499.

While many will clamor that the Eee is an ultra-portable machine and as such can't be compared to the latest budget 15.4" notebook from Dell, Gateway or HP, the average consumer may now see little reason to save only $100 by purchasing the Eee over a laptop with "far more power."

ASUS has already announced plans to debut a second-generation Eee in April 2008 sporting a Merom-based CPU and possibly fanless cooling. Hopefully the price can be reduced or the Eee may become yet another footnote in annals of computing history.

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RE: $399 with XP would be acceptable...
By mWMA on 10/29/2007 12:32:34 PM , Rating: 1
This price is not really that awesome when you can easily get a very nice 12inch notebook with dedicated G8400 card (128MB) and very decent spec (1.8Ghz, 1GBRAM, 120GBHDD) for less than $900. You will not be dealing with a cramped keyboard and wasted size. For $499 they better have a 10inch model.

But then again a 14inch cost only $450 these days.

RE: $399 with XP would be acceptable...
By therealnickdanger on 10/29/2007 12:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I never said it was "awesome", but merely "acceptable". If I wanted a 12" laptop with those features, I would just buy such a device. The EEEEPC is great due to its ultra-low power parts, tiny design, and most important, cheap price.

Ultimately, I'm still waiting for a Vista-powered UMPC Sprint phone. LOL, I'm gonna be waiting a while.

By spluurfg on 10/29/2007 1:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
Still though...if the EEPC had bluetooth, it'd be awesome. The blackberry synch in such a small package would be amazing.

By plewis00 on 10/29/2007 5:09:51 PM , Rating: 2
Why on earth are you even mentioning a $900 notebook? That is 100% irrelevant to this article, just as a dual-core desktop for $500 would be. They are completely different price and market segments, this laptop quite obviously isn't designed for people who want a dedicated graphics card or a high-capacity mechanical hard disk.

With regards to XP, that's been taken out for meeting a price point, just put it on yourself if you absolutely must. Why waste $100+ on putting a licence into the machine's cost?


RE: $399 with XP would be acceptable...
By on 10/30/2007 10:47:35 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. With the bait and switch price, this machine went from "groundbreaking" to "meh..." Asus got many millions in free publicity by _lying_ about the price, though.

By FrankM on 10/30/2007 12:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yet another whiner...
Not groundbreaking? How many sub-11.1" notebooks do you see under $800-1000, let alone $400 or $300? Even the post you replied to with "Exactly" compared it to a $900 notebook. That one may have a dual-core processor and a graphics card, but those who consider this may not find that necessary.
The only groundbreaking thing in this was filling in a market void: a not-so expensive, ultra-portable but with usable keyboard (no thumb-keys, thanks) mobile internet device, that also functions as a basic laptop.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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