It's missed the point
Eee by gum, it's priced as much as a regular budget laptop :(
Asus' Atom-powered Eee PC 901 will go on sale across the UK on 1 July for an Eee PC 900-beating £319, Register Hardware has learned. The 900, which went on sale back in April, was priced at £329. The new model not only sports a more advanced processor, but also includes Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a two pick-up microphone array …
Make it less than £250 and you've got another sale (as a 701 upgrade) anything above that and Acer have a look in with
Hell, its even worth having an iPhone 3G with unlimited data for £99 + (18 x £30) = £639, against £319 + (18 * £20) = £679 for an Asus with 3Gb / month on O2!
What's with the unsightly bezel around the touchpad & fugly hindge on the 901? the 701/900 hindge design is so much nicer, and the picture you're showing of the side of the unit is photoshopped - the power input socket is oval whilst the hindge is perfectly circular.
So what will the "real deal" look like in the end? all we've seen are the maniuplated images Asus have given the press.
Thumbs down on the fugly design, thumbs up on the 6 cell battery, bluetooth & faster processor though.
ooookkkk, so does it have HD or SSD? this is the big Q.
baby laptops MUST have SSD's, otherwise they are just normal laptops. imo.
gotta give props to Asus, tho, they are a great co. they have practically created a market space for these things, even tho it was inevtiable that someone would produce them. they do make some good stuff as well, i've owned a few products from them.
tracking this space here (all welcome!):
I can get over 3 hours on this 701 Eee, but where are the ~£300 mark legtops (too small to be called laptop) with absurdly exceptional battery life? I'm talking 8+ hours with screen on full brightness & wifi on, most of these designs of laptop concentrate more on the layout of the screen/keyboard/ports and then just slap the battery somewhere on the back wherever they can squeeze it in.
Sure a long battery life legtop would be heavier but I could live with that, using the standard cylindrical cells saves them money but what about the flat types of battery used in mp3 players/mobiles etc.? a bunch of those on the underneath of the unit would help with stability (the Eee can have a tendancy to tip backwards when on uneven surfaces) and give you exceptional runtimes.
On the Asus eeepc website: http://eeepc.asus.com/global/news06032008.htm
Shows specs for Eee PC 1000, Eee PC 1000H & Eee PC 901
Interesting that the H in 1000H seems not to mean XP Home version, as I saw somewhere. It seems to mean Hard Disk - because it has a hard disk but you can get it with Linux too
The odd thing for me though is why make a 8.9" and a 10" - it's almost the same!
Another thing on size: I saw an 900 with XP in PC world the other day. What surprised me was that to start with I didnt notice it had a bigger screen than my 701! - reason being the XP icons were so small!!
So the Linux simple GUI seems to have distinct advantages for these devices.
Pricewise I have to say that a 900 at £329 looked prtty silly next to a full size budget laptop also at £329! The eee is not a style icon like a Sony Vaio or even an Acer One so I cant see them shifting many at that price - needs to be sub £300 for me - for any of these 'Netbooks'
Just thought I'll mention it while we're on the subject of UMPC's. I got a HP Mini-Note the other day as my Eee was no match for my fat fingers. It came to £354 all in, not really worth it for the spec, but worth it to save the pain in my back lugging my full size laptop from datacentre to datacentre. And before you say it, yes I am made of money :).
Most of the online reviews are for the Vi$ta version so I thought I'll add a few notes on the Suse version on the off chance anyone is interested.
The Suse Desktop 10 enterprise implementation is appalling, sorry, I didn't mean appalling, it's the Antichrist. Whoever created the master image must have been drunk, it's almost as though he/she thought they were installing Window$. Firstly, Bootup time is around 60seconds, which isn't bad if it was running XP or Vista, but 60 seconds with a linux OS? come on HP do your homework. There's a hundred and one other problems with it, but the most amateurish 'issues' are with software installation/updates configuration, i.e
Yast is configured to look at a local optical drive for file repositories (guess what, yeah, there isn't one)
Online Update is configured is configured to look at a local optical drive for update repositories (As above).
A majority of the applets listed in the System & Tools section of the god awful menu system are not installed, so guess what happens when it asks if you want to install the missing applet?, yeah you guessed it, it looks for the CD/DVD.
HP do not supply a restore disk/flashkey with the Mini-note, and there is'nt a built in mechanism to create one, and before you ask why would you want a restore CD if there isn't an optical drive?, HP do supply an instruction manual on CD, go figure. However, you can phone HP support and ask them to send you a restored CD (after 30mins on hold while the nice man from call centre Goa asks his supervisor WTF as they don't seem to have any documentation on the Suse version of the Mini-note). I believe you can download an ISO from the HP website, but with Virgin Media throttling my connection so much, I like to save my bandwidth allowance for importing things like pr0n and torrents.
So all in all, even the Mini-Note was £200,I wouldn't recommend it to a non-technical user, unlike a eEE PC (unless they have fat fingers like me).
I'm hoping Acer have invested some time in proper real world testing of whatever distribution they've decide on before releasing the Wind to the masses.
Yeah that's mine, the one with £50 notes spilling out the pockets.
It amazed me that people can't get it into their heads that the reason that the EEEpc is small is not to make it cheap, but to make it small.
If you want a full size budget laptop, but a full size budget laptop.
I wanted a small, light, ultraportable laptot, so I bought one. (Admittedly the price did help)
It's the size that makes it special, not the price. Except it's not special any more 'cos everyone is making them now.
The Eee PC 701 was a breath of fresh air - a compact, functional and extremely cheap laptop for students, coffee shop dwellers, travellers, kids - anyone who needs casual computing access but not carry around a heavy laptop bag and cables to get it.
I do not understand where Asus are going any more. They are shoving so many features into the laptop that it's no longer value for money. They seriously need to rethink what they're doing because there are a raft of competitors coming and they're going to find themselves left out of their own party if they're not careful.
>Needs to be at least £50 cheaper to tempt me away from the upcoming Acer Aspire One...
Have any of you people actually seen/used the Aspire One? It's rubbish.
The company claims the keyboard is 95-97 per cent full-sized, it's not, the Linux OS feels like an afterthough, and the build quality is plain shoddy.
Try it back to back with the 901 and there's only one winner, and it's not the Acer.
Actually, it's not at all. Unless Asus is a plural of Asu, which it isn't. The Eee 900 belongs to Asus, therefore it is Asus's. Just because it ends in an S, doesn't mean it's a plural. GODDAMMIT THIS MAKES ME ANGRY.
Does anyone know which draft of 802.11n the wireless is? A quick search of the web hasn't really pulled up an answer.
Doesn't make a difference to my purchase; I've been fighting my will power and holding off on buying a 900 just for this piece of kit!
Loving the grammar 'discussion' though... Reminds me of some Blackberrys/Blackberries debates I used to see going around.
As I recall, no word that ends in S, plural or singular, is followed by 's. For example, the name Ross: something belonging to Ross is still Ross', even though there is only one Ross.
I think most people's ears perked up when they saw the inital price of "Under £200".
If you wanted small you could have bought them for a while now, maybe not such super small, but sub notebooks which just as much power as their older brothers have been around for ages, if you want to pay £1000+
Want a smaller laptop that you can't do much on? Get a PDA. (Yes PDAs are rubbish too, thats my point).
According to the well respected Apostrophe Protection Society, it should be ASUS's (not that they actually have this example on their site).
ASUS being a singular (as in there is only one company) proper noun and it being possesive of the eeePC. It matters not a jot that it ends in an S.
But if there was more than one ASUS.....stop it, stop it now...
"Have any of you people actually seen/used the Aspire One? It's rubbish.
[...]the Linux OS feels like an afterthough, "
Not that Asus did a much better job with Xandros for the Eee! Setting it to require a password on use of sudo bricks it, and you can't log in successfully if the disk is full!
Despite that, I still like it though!
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