Asus prices up Eee PC sub-sub-notebook for US
Cheap as chips
Asus' diminutive Eee PC will go on sale in the US on 1 November for $300-400, depending on configuration, it has emerged.
Information supplied by Asus to its resellers appears to have found its way to NotebookReview.com, which this weekend revealed that US buyers will get to choose from three configurations: the 2G Surf, 4G Surf and 4G, priced at $300, $350 and $400, respectively.
Asus' Eee PC and early adopter, yesterday
Asus formally launched the Eee PC earlier this month. Then, it announced four models, including an 8GB version, which doesn't seem to heading Stateside. In the UK, we're likely to get only the 4G model, though the 2G version will be made available to schools by educational computing specialist RM - formerly Research Machines.
The 2G Surf has a 2GB of Flash storage and 256MB of DDR 2 memory. The 4G Surf ups the storage to 4GB and the memory to 512MB. The next machine up, the plain 4G model, matches that spec but introduces a 0.3-megapixel webcam into the display's bezel. It also ups the first two machines' 2.8-hour, 4400mAh battery to a 3.5-hour, 5200mAh unit.
All three Eee PCs sport a 7in, 800 x 480 display; an SD memory card slot; 802.11b/g Wi-Fi; three USB ports; 10/100Mbps Ethernet; and an Intel processor - though which one, Asus still refuses to say.
Each micro-laptop runs a version of the Linux open source operating system, Xandros.
RE: Who can find the lowest price?
I ordered my 701 from http://www.nexus13.co.uk (home of AsusLaptops.com), just in case anyone's still reading this. Oh and don't forget to check out http://www.eeeuser.com if you're getting one or thinking about getting one.
...For anyone that said "Xandros Who?", http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/15/xandros_microsoft_license/ :(
Fortunately Gutsy Gibbon looks good on it, if a few upgrades (NDISwrapper amongst others) are required on top of the out-of-box install: http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10006278o-2000331777b,00.htm
Still looking interesting to me, though.
Who can find the lowest price?
Firstly - before I get lynched (I know someone will hunt me down and correct me if I am wrong...) I apologize in advance!
As this is still a new product and not yet launched in the UK I am trying to find the cheapest currently advertised prices as I want a couple of these units, and its also nice share with others.
So with that in mind I have managed to find (EEE PC 107 -= not sure which this one is...)
PC World Business
Price inc vat and delivery:
Has anyone got any ideas as to what spec this one is?
Haku: Where did you find yours?
Got one from Taiwan
And I love it. Small, cheap and fairly rugged. And as an added bonus no windows tax.
It'll take a while for the Linux community to remove the silly limitations ASUS/Xandros have put in (software choice and simple interface) but the works half way done. See the www.eeeuser.com forums.
Rip off Britain on pricing and still no 8GB release.
Odd as we are the fifth biggest economy in the world, they could make a killing here but only release the sub models.
I would love an economist to explain why the US get theres for less than half the price we do. Or why they don't ship higher spec models.