Asus Eee PC

Asus Eee PC

A while ago I blogged about the Nokia N800. It’s been released now but I won’t be getting one. Not just because the “sub $300” price tag turned out to be closer to €400, but because Asus just raised the bar when it comes to small, portable internet devices. Enter the Asus Eee CP 701.

This tiny little 7″ notebook is targeted at ’emerging markets’ and will only cost $199. Specs include an Intel (Dothan core!) processor and chipset, 512MB of RAM, wifi, ethernet, a dailup modem, up to 16 GB of flash storage and even a webcam. There will even be a 10″ version (Eee PC 1001), apparently for about $300. It looks like the 7″ one wil only have a 800*480 pixel screen, and its not actually smaller, there just more unused space surrounding the actual display. It’s bigger brother may just be the one to get.

Like the N800 it runs Linux, but Windows XP is an option as well. I’d love to have one to check my email, browse the web and update my blog without having to fire up my desktop PC, and Linux will definitely do for me.

So, starting at about half of the N800’s street price, Asus has just introduced a (slightly less) portable internet device that outdoes Nokia’s offering in every way. And considering Asus’s reputation for producing high quality products, I suspect this is going to be 2007’s big thing. I sincerely hope the emerging markets will get to see the Eee PC because gadget freaks in the West are probably going to be lining up to get one.

Roy | June 22, 2007 | English,Gadgets | Comments (8)
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  1. I actually have a Nokia N800 and think it’s great…still the ASUS looks like a better option for the simple reason that stylus operated device screens get scratched too fast and too easily

    Comment by ray — July 27, 2007 @ 8:47 am

  2. Link: Roy Tanck’s weblog » I cancelled my $150 laptop
  3. Hey Roy, if you just need something for email, the web and blog updates, why don’t you just pick up a used Thinkpad T23 and put Ubuntu on it? Mine was about $250 USD and does everything I need it to. I had one of the heavy AMD64 laptops with the huge screen and lots of bells and whistles. Now it just sits in the server closet and I ssh to it if I need more resources to run something. (Well, and it’s an NFS server for more storage space.)

    The T23 is a little bigger than what you’ve been looking at, but IBM also did the X40 which is very lightweight and will be reaching the end of it’s lease lifetime at a lot of places. (Though IIRC some of those have a motherboard defect which kills them, so I’m not sure how many will actually be surfacing on the used market, and I wouldn’t suggest going that route if you can’t get some kind of extended warranty that would cover it for at least a year.)

    The #1 laptop I’ve ever had was a Hitachi Visionbook, and despite the fact that by current standards it had all the processing power of plankton and weighed a ton, it was virtually indestructible, eminently reliable, and all around a fantastic little machine. It was a P2 350 w/ 136 MB Ram (originally it had 40 IIRC, the weird number comes from having 8 on board plus what’s in the slot). I used to run OpenBSD w/ Fluxbox on mine; it installed like a charm when Debian balked. It was slow, of course, but I was actually using it up until about a year ago for email, IM, and the web. It was also fine as a terminal to something bigger and better. Unfortunately I think Hitachi is only selling in Japan now. 🙁 If they still have the same kind of quality, I’d probably love another of those even more than the Thinkpad.

    Sry. I digress.

    Comment by Ming the Merciless — December 22, 2007 @ 5:53 am

  4. @Ming: Thanks. If there was a $250 available in The Netherlands I would have bought one already. Unfortunately, dollar to euro conversions always work out poorly for us here in europe, and as far as I can tell there’s no T23 available here. In fact, the very cheapest Thinkpad I could find is $1000+.

    I’ve been eying the Toshiba L30 and L40 series, but both are still in the $800 area when configured with decent amounts of RAM.

    Comment by Roy — December 22, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  5. That’s true, though with the dollar going down… I bought mine from a store in the U.S. since I wanted an American keyboard layout. If you don’t mind an American keyboard, you could probably do the same and figure another $50 to $100 USD in shipping. (International shipping has gotten ridiculous. 🙁 ) I’ve heard good things about Toshibas, but I’ve never had one.

    Comment by Ming the Merciless — December 23, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  6. I own the Asus Eee PC 4G – is it great and for being my first UMPC I don’t think I could have done better – infact I’m posting this blog from my Eee PC right now.

    Only thing about this blog post is I doubt the 10″ version will come out – the 7″ is really great and I didn’t think it would be this easy to use!

    Comment by Jason — January 30, 2008 @ 5:32 am

  7. Actually, a 9″ version has been confirmed by Asus, and the both a 8″ and 10″ have been rumored on many blogs.

    Comment by Roy — January 30, 2008 @ 8:29 am

  8. Link: Pink Eee-PC 701 + 5 year old girl = fun! | Roy Tanck's weblog