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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 mpc7488 on 10/31/2007 1:26:23 PM , Rating: 2
I mean, how much power and HDD space do you REALLY need to type a few documents, surf the web, check email and open PowerPoint presentations?

I wholly agree - and I think this is a prime argument against the 4G and 8G models. If the above type of user is truly the target market (and I agree it is), then why would you pay $100 more for the 4G model over the 2G unless you really care about the webcam?

RE: i don't get it
By DeepBlue1975 on 10/31/2007 2:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
If you're going to swap the EEE's OS with Windows XP, you'll definitely want the 4g version.

That kind of space, gets you a "barebones" XP installation, some old games (MAME, emulators of old machines and the likes), an MS office installation, your working documents and... some divx movies to watch on the go.

With 2gbs you'd be tighter for that kind of use.

The reason I won't buy is not the price, but the size. I need something like the fore coming Fujitsu Lifebook, but I'd like it to be as cheap as this one is.

I'd never buy an OQO or Vaio UTX because they're overkill and overpriced for the kind of use I want to give it... By now, I'm getting away with an HP Ipax hx2795b which did cost me more than what this EEE pc does cost, and hasn't even half of its power, even though I can do most of the things I want on the go (no keyboard, though... the attachable ones would defeat its portability for me)

RE: i don't get it
By Oregonian2 on 10/31/2007 2:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
Is that 2G in addition to system software, or does the system software (Linux, etc) take up 1.95GB of it?

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