Thursday, January 17, 2008


Eee-pc2This looks interesting for $399:

Get the power of a full-sized laptop in the ultra-compact ASUS Eee PC 4G, which offers a full QWERTY keyboard, 7-inch screen, and preinstalled Linux operating system. (This laptop is also compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.) You'll be able to stay connected to email and the Internet easily thanks to the Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g), and communicate via video chat and VoIP with the Webcam integrated into the display's bezel. Because it uses flash memory instead of a hard drive (with 4 GB of storage), the Eee PC is optimal for weathering rough handling and sharing space in overstuffed bags.

Compact and highly portable at just 32 ounces, the Eee PC 4G has a 7-inch wide color TFT LCD with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution (WXGA). Under the hood is a 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU with integrated Intel graphics processor, 512 MB of RAM (not expandable), and 4 GB of solid-state flash memory. With the dependable solid-state disk, you get unparalleled shock-protection and reliability. In addition to its wireless LAN, it also offers wired Fast Ethernet connectivity and a 56K modem. The Eee PC includes software for Web browsing (Firefox), email, OpenOffice 2.0 for creating and editing word processing documents and spreadsheets, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track.

You get three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output for connecting to external monitors, headphone and microphone jacks, and a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot. The Eee PC measures 8.9 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches, and it weighs 32 ounces. The 4-cell, 5200 mAh battery provides up to 3.5 hours of battery life (depending on usage). It's backed by a 1 year warranty for parts and labor.

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Anonymous said...

This sounds a whole lot like the One Laptop per Child machine that I was lucky enough to play around with when a client bought one under the "Buy One Get One" program.

While the OLPC is designed for kids (smaller keyboard, less work-like software), the things are pretty similar at least in concept.

Anonymous said...

for those of you who are not familliar with computer I will do you a favour


for informations sake, this computer works on basically storing the hard drive, i.e. the thing that spins and makes noise in something like whats in a USB or thumb drive. sure thats great, everything is electrical, no moveing parts :) hooray for them, efficient batteries.

but in the modern world they stopped makeing hard drives smaller than 40GB in size a long time ago.

I doubt something like the microsoft office suite will fit on something this small (4GB hard drive).

if you like the idea of solid state I strongly suggest wait.

Most normal-non tech people- that I know, are constantly running out of space of 40GB, of course apart from office, you may want to store some pictures or videos on this machine, but in terms of videos, you wouldnt fit a good dvd on this machine.

if you want a new computer buy more than 100GB its worth the $30 upgrade to save yourself from buying an external hard drive in a year.

cincerely from a man who thinks this device is a "nice heavy paperweight"


Anonymous said...

To eliot,

The Asus EEE runs linux and uses OpenOffice instead of M$ Office. It runs just fine.

The storage is 4GB of flash memory. This acts like a harddrive. Its faster than a harddrive, and becuase it has no moving parts, it is also more resilient to knocks and drops. Ideal for a device that may be dropped and thrown into a briefcase at the end of the day.

The device can also use SDHC cards for storage and expansion. Its easy to put a dvd on one, and play it on the EEE that way.

The EEE also has built in wi-fi and ethernet. Its easy to store files and documents on a server, or online such as in a gmail account.

For what it is; an incredibly lightweight, very portable machine, the features and functionality at this price are unbeatable at this time. A similar Vaio or Fujitsu Lifebook would cost at least 5 times as much.

The EEE is built to do a job at a very competitive price.