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The Eee PC is finally available for purchase

The ASUS Eee PC coverage has been quite fierce here on DailyTech, but the pint-sized notebook is finally available for purchase. As reported a few weeks ago on DailyTech, Newegg is today one of the first to offer the Eee PC – one day earlier than originally expected.

Newegg is only offering one model of the Eee PC:  the 4G model. The 8.9" x 6.5" x 1.4", 2-pound Eee PC comes standard with an Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHz processor, a 4GB SSD, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 7" 800x480 display, 802.11g wireless and three USB 2.0 ports.

The Eee PC 4G also comes equipped with an Asus-optimized version of Xandros Linux. Asus will offer a version of Windows XP on the Eee PC at a later date.

Battery life for the Eee PC 4G is pegged at around 3.5 hours according to most of the reviews from around the web. The battery used in the device has four cells and is rated at 5200 mAh.

Although the reported price for authorized resellers of the Eee PC is as low as $199, Newegg has priced the notebook at the suggested retail price of $399.99. You'll also cough up $10.03 for 3-day shipping.

For those that are looking to know even more about the Eee PC, there is no shortage of coverage. Notebook Review has two reviews of the device and you'll also find coverage at TweakTown, LAPTOP Magazine and Unwired.

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your choice
By Screwballl on 10/31/2007 11:34:26 AM , Rating: 5
this is great.... for a low end market... but for $100 more at the Egg, you can get a dualcore laptop with 80+GB hard drive space and 1GB of RAM (granted some are recertified but at the Egg thats almost as good).
$399 for Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHz processor, a 4GB SSD, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 7" 800x480 display, 802.11g wireless and three USB 2.0 ports.
$499 for Dual core T2080 or AMD X2 CPU, 1GB DDR2, 15.4" display at 1440x900, 80GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, and b/g wireless.

umm yeah I'll take storage speed and usefulness for the extra $100

RE: your choice
By Brandon Hill on 10/31/2007 11:41:06 AM , Rating: 5
Try carrying around that thing with you all day :)

The reason why I got my Samsung Q1 Ultra is that I wanted something light to carry around with me when I go to trade shows. My Q1 Ultra weighs just 1.5 pounds. How much does that 15.4" notebook weigh? 6 pounds? 6.5 pounds?

You'd be surprised how heavy my 14.1" notebook and a D-SLR got after walking around all day long. I now carry my UMPC and a Canon SD1000 and couldn't be happier.

The price to pay (for the Eee PC) is in its portability.

RE: your choice
By FITCamaro on 10/31/2007 1:16:14 PM , Rating: 5
I carried an 11 pound laptop (with power brick) + books around in college. You're just getting old. :)

RE: your choice
By The0ne on 10/31/2007 3:10:14 PM , Rating: 1
Yea. I like that fact that I can CAD on my laptop but having to carry the thing on trips gets to you after a while. I'm seriously considering a ultra portable just for business apps and leave the intensive apps at the office. This is why ultra mini's are cool :D

RE: your choice
By Samus on 10/31/2007 5:20:54 PM , Rating: 2
You could buy a two year old, lightly used IBM X41 12.1" notebook with a wonderful, full-sized-key keyboard, 1gb ram, 30gb hard drive, wifi, touchpad, trackpoint, keyboard light, 2.5lbs, DVD+ROM/CDRW drive dock, all the bells and whistles, for LESS than a EePC.

You could also land a new IBM X60 for $900, only twice as much as the EePC, but 10 times the functionality and performance.

IBM X-series are negligibly heavier and 'bulkier' than a EePC.

Until this thing is $200, it isn't practical.

By hannibal the mechanical bull on 11/6/2007 10:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
good point.

RE: your choice
By FrankM on 10/31/2007 4:46:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well then, look around how much do sub-12.1" subnotebooks cost; also, how important is a dual-core processor in a notebook? AFAIK, this was to be a small, highly portable and moderately durable notebook sufficiently powerful for taking notes and surfing, that is also much cheaper than other laptops of this size. It was never meant to be a stronger, dual-core machine with lots of storage at so cheap a price point - it would kill their own subnotebook-sales.
There is a reason there's a market for sub-12" subnotebooks even at their $2-3000 price range, and that's portability.

RE: your choice
By theapparition on 11/1/2007 9:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
This is exactly what I said when this was first announced at $199.

I thought it was great, but that you wouldn't be able to buy it for that, it would retail closer to $399. And at $399, it was not a good value where you can get something far more powerful and flexible for a negligable premium.

No one liked what I said then, but here it is. And this is not a good value. I completely agree with you. Powerwise, you can get much better for comparitively same cost or a little more. For portability, if that's what really concerns you, I hate to say this, but would much rather go the iPhone or PDA route.

Just don't see the market for this. Now, sell this for $199, and I'd buy it. I'm certainly not cheap, and spend plenty of money, but I want value when I buy something. This has no value to me at $399.

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