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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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Would've considered Asus Eee PC's
By FS on 12/2/2007 2:46:17 PM , Rating: -1
if they started at ~$199. I assume most people would rather buy one of the 2 below instead of the Asus Eee PC's

Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8613...
$399.99
Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2310 1.46GHz processor
1GB DDR2 memory
DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive
15.4" WXGA LCD widescreen display 1280 x 800 resolution
80GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Wireless LAN (802.11b/g); built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN (with RJ-45 connector)
Weighs 6.4 lbs. and measures 1.6" thin; 6-cell lithium-ion battery
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition

or

HP Pavilion tx1000z customizable 12.1" Touchscreen Notebook PC $770
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/compute...
1. Click above link then Customize and Build
2. Select the following options
1. FREE Upgrade to 160GB 5400RPM from 120GB 5400RPM
3. Checkout
4. Apply coupon NB3075 for 30% off
5. Your total is $1100 - $330 = $770

Specs:

* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
* AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-58 (1.9 GHz, 512KB+512KB L2 Cache )
* 12.1" WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display(1280 x 800) with Integrated Touch-screen

* 1GB DDR2 System Memory
* NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
* HP Imprint Finish + Microphone
* 802.11b/g WLAN
* 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
* SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support

* 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

got the above deal links from Slickdeals.com, so thanks to them.




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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