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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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Good deal to me.
By sherifftaylor on 10/29/2007 2:27:10 PM , Rating: 3
I pre-ordered the $259 eee pc model from AllAsus.com. It was $40 cheaper because it had no webcam (wouldn't use it), no case, and only came in black. With about $18 shipping and $30 an a 4gb sdhc card, it will come to about $310 and it will have 6gb of total storage. I could also upgrade the RAM to 512Mb for about $20 but I don't see any need due to the OS's low overhead and what I will be using it for. It will be perfect for notetaking in class and surfing the web and checking my mail in between classes (or during class if I'm bored).




RE: Good deal to me.
By Chris Peredun on 10/29/2007 2:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there isn't a $249 model anymore - your preorder is probably for the $299 2G Surf model. In addition, the RAM on the 2G Surf (or the 4G Surf, for that matter) is not upgradeable - it's soldered directly onto the motherboard.


RE: Good deal to me.
By sherifftaylor on 10/29/2007 3:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
That is slightly bad news, not because of the non-upgradable RAM(I wasn't going to do that anyways), but because of the extra $40 dollars. The $259 model is still for preorder on AllAsus.com though. But it does say on their web site that they will confirm potential changes to models by 11/1 so I guess they still have a couple days. Still $350 total for one with 6gb via sdhc is a good deal. Just hope AllAsus comes through.


RE: Good deal to me.
By FrankM on 10/30/2007 11:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
Are you sure it's soldered in? All that I've read so far said that there is a SO-DIMM slot, and it is replacable.


RE: Good deal to me.
By regpfj on 10/29/2007 6:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
How does the Nokia n800 fit into this cheap as chips small machine conversation? One difference is the ARM processor with only very modest horsepower. One similarity is the screen resolution. Price is about $250.


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