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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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$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 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 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.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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