Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Asus Eee Netbook

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Catching up on my Slashdot reading and saw a link to the ASUS Eee PC hand's on preview. Anyone else seen this?

...ASUS Eee PC, a small, slim, and light portable computer that is priced at $199. The Eee PC is running a version of Intel’s 910 mobile chipset, it uses a 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M CPU, it has 512MB of DDR2 memory, full 802.11g wireless capability, and a flash-based hard drive. There will be at least two different models of the Eee PC, with the $199 version using a 4GB flash hard drive and the $299 version using a 8GB drive...The Eee PC weighs in at only .89 kilograms, which translates to just around 2 pounds. The keyboard on the Eee PC is slightly crammed and smaller than most notebook keyboards due to the Eee PC’s smaller form factor. It very closely resembles the size of the keyboard used in the Dell Inspiron 710...built-in webcam.

On the left side, the notebook has two USB 2.0 ports, an audio and microphone port, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and a 56K phone modem port...The right side panel of the Eee PC 701 has two more USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output, and even a flash card reader. The notebook uses a 4 cell battery that gives it just around 3 hours of battery life when it is on the move. As you may have noticed, there are no optical drives included with the Eee PC, and there is no room to add any to the notebook itself, so any DVD burners will have to be installed externally through one of the Eee PC 701’s four USB 2.0 ports.

The ASUS Eee PC is expected to be available, worldwide, in full production quantities by this fall. It is rumored to have a street date of mid-August, and will likely be one of the hottest selling computers in recent history, come the holiday shopping season.
Source: ASUS Eee PC Hand's On Preview

You can watch a video of the ASUS Eee PC online or YouTube isn't a problem, watch it below.... Notebok Review also has a write up with screenshots. So...would I buy this for my kids? You bet...they'd love to have something like this. The question is, would schools pay for the ASUS Eee PC and use it in schools? Or would they want something that allows for science probes and more?

I've actually played with one of these and I'm disappointed with the small keyboard...however, it is perfect for teenage hands.

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