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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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RE: i don't get it
By iFX on 10/31/2007 11:45:34 AM , Rating: 1
This is not meant for a gamer obviously - it is being targeted at the business professional.


RE: i don't get it
By mmntech on 10/31/2007 11:55:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's meant for students.
The battery life is a little short though. I get 5hrs on energy saving mode with my iBook G4 1.33ghz and the battery is well used. Was 6hrs when I bought it. Battery capacity in my laptop is only 4200mAh. How much more could a 900mhz Celeron use? It doesn't even have a mechanical HDD. Form personal experience, 3.5hrs away from a plug is just not enough.


RE: i don't get it
By ss284 on 10/31/2007 12:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
The typical business professional wouldn't be using an underpowered linux machine with a 7 inch screen. They would be able to afford a faster machine with a much larger screen. An employee's productivity > saving $1000 dollars for a laptop.


RE: i don't get it
By iFX on 10/31/2007 12:36:30 PM , Rating: 1
People in my company would. Our sales guys and execs have been talking about this thing for a month. We are a fortune 500 company worth 10 billion dollars. I think the people working here fall under the "business professional" category.


RE: i don't get it
By robinthakur on 10/31/2007 12:57:22 PM , Rating: 2
Its not "your company" darling, you're just an employed drone of a $10billion F500 who's getting stiffed with cheap laptops...Working for one of the world's leading investment banks myself, most of our people would baulk at the idea of getting tech. which is not severely cutting edge (even if they do only browse the web and tap out a few documents on it, it looks bad in front of clients to have doddering old phones and laptops. It reminds me of those "My First Computers" from Vtech myself, but for an African child without access to expensive computers, I would imagine its a godsend.


RE: i don't get it
By iFX on 10/31/2007 2:04:30 PM , Rating: 1
It sounds as though you don't have a response so you are just going to try to belittle me. Hah. You aren't a Democrat by any chance. You have no idea what my position is in said company, darling. Maybe YOU are just a drone and unhappy with your job, I however am not a drone, I am a decision maker in MY COMPANY - chances are if you worked for MY COMPANY I would be giving orders to you as well.

MY COMPANY writes core banking solutions, that and we process 90% of electronic transactions in the country - the financial world would crumble without us, we provide the infrastructure so you investment types can actually have something to do. So if the people at MY COMPANY want these for travel, then again, I would say BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS want them in general.


RE: i don't get it
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/31/2007 2:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
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I am a decision maker in MY COMPANY - chances are if you worked for MY COMPANY I would be giving orders to you as well.

The power to make a decision doesn't mean anything. Few people exercise this anyways as they want to dodge responsibility. Given the potential risk involved with bringing this in and it being a complete flop I would guess if your business smart you aren't going to make this decision either and pass it on to someone below you.

quote:
MY COMPANY writes core banking solutions, that and we process 90% of electronic transactions in the country - the financial world would crumble without us, we provide the infrastructure so you investment types can actually have something to do.

Blah blah blah, my company is bigger than yours, we own the world, etc.... News flash, if your company didn't exist, someone else would move in and suck up your market. Get over yourself and welcome to a Free Market Economy. Your attitude also does not have mid or upper level management written on it either, I would suspect bottom level management at the most.

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So if the people at MY COMPANY want these for travel, then again, I would say BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS want them in general.

Right, and your IT department is going to make these work with your existing infrastructure. I find the prospect of that quite unlikely. Short of web based email (If the browser on this thing will even run Exchange properly) your not going to get much work done on these. If a business professional wants to travel they would be given a full functioning windows laptop that can function similar to the one in the office. While you might make the decision to purchase, your IT department is going to make the decision to not support this product citing support cost reasons and lack of interoperability.


RE: i don't get it
By iFX on 10/31/2007 4:02:36 PM , Rating: 1
Blah Blah Blah is exactly right.


RE: i don't get it
By robinthakur on 11/1/2007 10:27:56 AM , Rating: 2
"You aren't a democrat by any chance?" Ummm...I'm not even American thank you very much, I'm in the UK. Despite the current state of the US government I believe that we both still live in democracies.

Whilst you could possibly be a 'decision-maker' as you put it, and not a drone, you are still an employee which is the point I was making. I apologise on behalf of your therapist if you felt belittled by a complete stranger on the internet. By happy coincidence I did have a point, and my point is that nobody I know who works in banking or even myself would want one of these laptops as there is no 'brag-factor' and they are quite obviously a budget item. People who work in Finance (not Finance IT) get *whatever* they want. This should not be surprising in any way considering the amount of revenue we bring in and consequentially, how much we earn.


RE: i don't get it
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/31/2007 2:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
10 Billion is still on the low end of the fortune 500.


RE: i don't get it
By ss284 on 10/31/2007 2:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
Your sales guys and execs are talking about it because they are clueless. Teaching and having to support a non-upgradeable gimped Linux system that wont run the majority of the professional level financial applications YOUR COMPANY uses is not going to work.

I'm guessing your decision making powers you mentioned like 5 times in your post doesn't deal with the technical aspects of YOUR COMPANY.


RE: i don't get it
By DeepBlue1975 on 10/31/2007 2:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, of course. Business Pro's want to have a 20" behemoth in a bag the size of a luggage compartment itself.

For most business people out there, I tend to agree that a notebook in the 12 - 15" range is ideal, because it's not heavy enough for plane travelling, and gives you the possibility of "setting up your desktop anywhere you want".

UMPCs in general are targeted towards a niche market of people that, more than having the possibility to have an available computer powerful enough to get everyday's tasks done, really need or want to do things on the go (even inside a taxi, bus, cab, walking by the street).

You can't feel comfortable getting a 14" laptop out of a bag while walking by or while you were jogging around the park and suddenly wanted to sit down on a park's bench to browse the net. With something like the EEE or smaller, it's possible and burden-free.


RE: i don't get it
By ss284 on 10/31/2007 3:59:23 PM , Rating: 3
I wish my park had wifi.


RE: i don't get it
By Gholam on 11/1/2007 6:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
Business pros are using ThinkPad T and X series. Sometimes Dell.


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