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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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By DeepBlue1975 on 10/29/2007 3:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
400 US dollars is still a very good price for an ultraportable. Granted, an OQO or Vaio UMPC may have more features (not always translated into better performance) but they cost double than this one, and you could compare their prices almost to that of a very good dual core, 17" notebook.

Normal sized notebooks allow you to have a "your desktop, anywhere there's a table" kind of experience, but an UMPC gives you a "computer everywhere, regardless of the presence of a table and with no need for any special big bag whatsoever" kind of experience.

You basically end up paying for portability and high integration designs (you have to spend some more bucks to design something that has barely the space for all the stuff it'll have cramped inside it, than to something where you could throw in double the stuff you plan to include as standard)

Just compare the EEE's price not with a normal notebook, but with a relatively good, unlocked, smart phone in the likes of an HTC Hermes, or with a good PDA: You'll find the EEE to be cheaper, but then again, an EEE won't fit into any pocket of yours, unless you have some kangaroo style sweater :D




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