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Green ASUS Eee PC  (Source: Mobile 01)

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ASUS' Eee PC 8G due out before year's end

ASUS continues to rack up sales of its popular Eee PC 4G and 4G Surf. The 2-pound sub-notebook starts at $349 and comes equipped with 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 4GB solid-state disk (SSD), a 7" 800x480 display and a 900MHz ULV Celeron processor.

The 4G and 4G Surf are about to be joined by another, more expensive model. The new Eee PC 8G ups the ante with an 8GB SSD and 1GB of DDR2 memory.

Dynamism shows the price of the new 8G model at $499 with availability in mid to late December. ASUS gives the users the choice of Pearl White or Galaxy Black with the 8G.

It will be interesting to see how the market accepts a $499 Eee PC. The $499 price point is still hundreds of dollars less than the cheapest 12" ultra-portable notebooks and UMPCs on the market, but $399 appeared to be the sweet spot for the Eee PC.

In other Eee PC news, Mobile O1 has posted pictures of the upcoming green model. Unlike the Pearl White and Galaxy Black models, the entire notebook casing is not molded in the same color -- instead, only the LCD lid is molded in green while the rest of the body (including the keyboard) is molded in white.

The new green option will be joined by a sky blue and pink options in 2008.



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No 10"
By daftrok on 12/2/2007 1:42:55 PM , Rating: 2
I was hoping for a 10" screen on these laptops. $499 I believe is too much. Granted its portable but you can get a 14" laptop for less.




RE: No 10"
By shabby on 12/2/2007 1:55:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'll take a bare bones 10" version, just allow me to add my own ram and sd cards for hd space.
These things balloned from the original $200 price while deflating its features.


RE: No 10"
By mmntech on 12/2/2007 2:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I've been saying all along. Even used 12'' ones with far better hardware can be bought for less than that. I've never found my 12'' laptop particularly cumbersome. They also badly need to put a mechanical HDD in that thing. 8gb of storage is not enough for anything these days, especially if you want to watch movies and listen to music on the go.

Looking at the Anandtech dissection of it, looks like some parts like the HDD can be upgraded with off the shelf stuff but I think it voids the warranty.

I agree with one of the other comments. The mucous colour is not attractive. What's with hardware makers using all these ugly pastel colours lately?


RE: No 10"
By darkpaw on 12/2/2007 2:24:22 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, I picked up a pair of used 12" P4 laptops that would blow these away last week for half the price.

For what you get, $500 is way over priced on these.


RE: No 10"
By sprockkets on 12/2/07, Rating: -1
RE: No 10"
By CheesePoofs on 12/2/2007 5:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing he got the P4 because no one wants it anymore, making it very cheap.


RE: No 10"
By iFX on 12/3/2007 10:47:56 AM , Rating: 2
No one wants a P4 but you want a PIII/Celeron based Eee PC running at BELOW what it's supposed to run at? Lay off the crack pipe.


RE: No 10"
By theapparition on 12/3/2007 7:17:49 AM , Rating: 2
Rarely are there "be-all.....end-all" types of products.

This is a niche product. For those who want an ultra-light portable, this is a great product that allows almost any common applications to be run, such as email, word, excel, photos, etc and still has decent battery life. For those who want more power, play 3D games and manage 100Gb of music and photos, then......this isn't for them.

I'd personally never pay $400 for this, since I don't mind lugging my 17" laptop around. But I also appreciate there are more frequent travelers who desire that level of portability without having extreme processing capabilities.


$500 ... hmmm
By psychobriggsy on 12/2/2007 1:45:59 PM , Rating: 2
$100 seems to be a lot more for 512MB of memory and 4GB of flash. Unless there is something else...

It's still a good price for what it is, if you need a small but capable device. If you're happy with standard cheap laptops then you are much better off getting them than this.

I think it will be a successor to this design that is really desirable - a smaller form factor but with a 7" screen still (less bevel). Keyboard might be awkward though, but no worse than a Psion 5 keyboard.




RE: $500 ... hmmm
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 12/2/2007 2:00:10 PM , Rating: 3
I finally got a Galaxy Black Eee PC to replace my Samsung Q1 Ultra.

So far, I love it. The first thing I did was take out the 512MB stick and add a 1GB stick of memory. I then ditched Linux and used nLite to take out the bloat I didn't need in an extra copy of Windows XP Home SP2 that I had laying around. That reduced the ISO size to around 270MB.

I then got a 4GB SDHC card from Frys.com for $13 after rebate for additional storage.

They keyboard took a little getting used to, but it's far better than the thumbpad on my Q1 Ultra. The speed is amazing on this thing. I can't believe how fast it is... even though it's only running at 630MHz. I haven't gotten the time to install the latest BIOS which brings it up to the full 900MHz.

The only thing I don't like (so far) is that the fan comes on once the device hits 50C and it never shuts off.


RE: $500 ... hmmm
By carl0ski on 12/2/2007 6:55:21 PM , Rating: 4
I think people are forgetting
1,2,4GB of memory is a ridiculously high number.

A computer should need more than 512MB of ram to browse the web and use Word processors comfortably.

These laptops are using a barebones/optimised Linux and OpenOffice
which will happily run on 256MB or less of Ram.

Installed probably uses a 1/4 of the HDD space required by Windows XP+Office (2-3GB) and 1/10 of Vista+Office (5-10GB)

How big are word Documents on a 4GB drive?
I'm sure a few semesters work will still fit on these little toys.


RE: $500 ... hmmm
By woof69 on 12/2/2007 7:19:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I still rock an original mac mini that only has 512mb ram and works really well for word and firefox, I can even edit small batches of camera raw files with no problem.


Price for tech.
By InTheNameOfMyself on 12/2/2007 7:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
Is is worth it?




RE: Price for tech.
By HaZaRd2K6 on 12/2/2007 8:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
If you need a really small, cheap, portable, capable laptop: yes.

Just don't expect great performance in anything more intense than say... a movie.


RE: Price for tech.
By daftrok on 12/3/2007 12:15:18 AM , Rating: 3
Or Quake


Screen, Case
By abakshi on 12/2/2007 2:44:37 PM , Rating: 1
If they came out with a larger screen size with better resolution in the same case, I'd go for it.

I'd probably use it to replace my Sony C1 PictureBook, but that has an 8.9" 1024x480 screen and now a 100GB 7200RPM HDD running XP Pro, with what seems to be a larger keyboard than the Eee as well.

Granted the 600 Mhz Celeron M is faster than the 600 MHz Crusoe I have in this, but the Sony has a thinner, much more solid design (it has magnesium case components, versus all ABS plastic in the Eee).

So if Asus can make an Eee with a metal chassis (thus thinner, stronger case), a hard drive, and a bigger screen with more than 480 vertical pixels (which is often very annoying in Windows, with dialog box buttons cut off), for <$500-600, I'd definitely go for one.




Not green, but baby poo
By mdogs444 on 12/2/07, Rating: -1
RE: Not green, but baby poo
By Lord 666 on 12/2/2007 2:48:06 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe pink is more of your color


RE: Not green, but baby poo
By mdogs444 on 12/2/2007 2:52:45 PM , Rating: 4
According to fashion consultants...real men wear pink. Although, I happen to think those consultants are homosexual anyway.


RE: Not green, but baby poo
By codeThug on 12/3/2007 1:45:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
ASUS continues to rack up sales of its popular Eee PC 4G and 4G Surf.


Should read "4G and 4G Smurf" going by the color...


Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By FS on 12/2/07, Rating: -1
By psychobriggsy on 12/2/2007 2:59:03 PM , Rating: 4
A 1.6" brick thick 6.4lb 15" laptop is not in the same area of the marketplace as the EeePC. I didn't even know people made laptops that thick still.

The other machine however sounds very nice on paper.


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 12/2/2007 3:23:40 PM , Rating: 3
Nice specs on the 12.1" Tablet, but it's over twice the weight and twice the price (when you factor in tax) than what I paid for the Eee PC 4G.

It's also about twice the size dimensionally.

http://i14.tinypic.com/85f2zv5.jpg


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By Samus on 12/2/2007 4:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
right, that hp is a different class.

try comparing to an IBM X40 or X60.


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By Omega215D on 12/2/2007 8:17:41 PM , Rating: 2
Compare it to the 11" screen Sony Vaio which goes for $2300 or even the Apple Macbook 11" which goes for $1100. The laptops in the $400 range are about 5LBS and thick as hell. Chances are that they'll run pretty warm too.

I thought the updated Eee was going to sport a 10" screen as well. At least that was according to the rumors.


By Chadder007 on 12/2/2007 11:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the Resolution....it really needs to. I would have bought one already if it were 10 inches and had a higher res.


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By stubeck on 12/3/2007 4:08:27 AM , Rating: 2
The MacBook isn't 11", its 13.3" and weights 5 pounds.


By Omega215D on 12/3/2007 1:52:45 PM , Rating: 2
I got used to using the 11. For some reason the Macbook feels lighter than those other laptops that supposedly weigh 5 pounds.


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By SiliconAddict on 12/2/2007 6:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
When will people learn you get what you pay for. I'm sorry but these $400 laptops are built with $400 quality and it damn well shows. I'm so sick of people coming to me with complaints about their uber deal of the week off of Dell's site or at BBuy and that something stopped working. People need to get this shit through their head that if they are getting better features SOMEWHERE in that system something is being neglected. And it usually centers around build quality.
The Eee PC's price point is situated around hardware that is $200 dollars worth. Its a perfectly good on the go laptop for web browsing, movie watching, etc. You sure as hell don't need massive hardware and I will bet you a months pay that the Eee PC's battery life kicks the shit out of that BBuy deal's battery life.


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By Quiescent on 12/2/2007 7:21:09 PM , Rating: 1
Most laptops that come from Bestbuy or places like that are a POS anyways. Yeah, you can get a REALLY nice laptop, online mind you, at Dell. I want one of these bad boys minus them having a celeron processor. And I wouldn't buy any laptop with an AMD processor in it, because we all know AMD is sucking a bunch of **** right now. (And to think I used to like AMD.)


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By teldar on 12/2/2007 8:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
Are amd's mobile processors any worse than they used to be just because they can't get their quad cores out the door?

T


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 12/2/2007 8:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
AMD's mobile processors were never anything to brag about in the first place. Even at the height of Athlon64, Intel was rocking with the Centrino.


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By iFX on 12/3/2007 10:46:07 AM , Rating: 2
Centrino is just a platform, not a single processor. Comparing "Centrino" to an AMD processor is like saying "my PC is better than your processor".


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By TomZ on 12/3/2007 12:11:41 PM , Rating: 2
Since AMD didn't have a mobile platform at all, it's rather hard to call out the AMD equivalent to Centrino. In any case, the OP's point is pretty valid.


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By Calin on 12/3/2007 2:55:09 AM , Rating: 2
AMD's mobile processors are good.
However, traditionally (I mean since the introduction of Turion line, AMD64 for laptops) they were slower than Intel's offerings and used more power (Turion versus Pentium M). The introduction of Core Solo and later Core Duo on laptops just made the comparison even more unfavorable.
In the end, what Intel has now is simply better


RE: Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By iFX on 12/3/2007 10:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. If the Eee PC were priced at $199 I would have one, maybe two. At $400 my price/performance meter kicks on and I start searching for a "low end" notebook that is "high end" compared to the Eee PC.

I still love the idea of the Eee PC though - and at some point, maybe in a year, when lots of people are making them and they are $199, I will have one.


By marvdmartian on 12/3/2007 11:29:44 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. While there will always be a niche market for machines like the EEE, I just don't have the need for an ultra-small, ultra-portable, ultra-light (ultra-tiny!!) notebook, and know that I can get more performance for around the same amount of money. Besides, these old eyes of mine wouldn't be able to see that teeny-tiny screen anyways!! LOL


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