Dell to launch 'Eee PC beater' today
More sexy that the Acer Aspire One, too
Dell is expected to unveil its eagerly anticipated attempt to out-Eee Asus' Eee PC later today at an event focused on a "new generation of mobility products".
The PC giant is saying nothing, of course, beyond admitting that it will be hosting an event this afternoon - first thing, San Francisco time; that's where the launch is taking place - that will centre on "a new generation of fresh and innovative designs, extreme power-efficiency and connectivity that will allow users to work anytime, anywhere".
Dell's Inspiron E: launching today?
Dell's plan to enter the Small, Cheap Computer market was first signalled back in April, which Taiwanese manufacturer Compal hinted it was making a low-cost laptop for the giant - right at the time World+Dog was hearing about a range of new would-be Eee beaters, many based on Intel's then unlaunched 'Diamondville' Atom processor.
Cuter than the Acer Aspire One?
Come June, and Dell was saying that the machine would appear "later this summer" and be aimed, at least in part, at developing nations. It's no surprise then that today's launch event features particiption from folk in New Delhi.
The delay may also have helped Dell sidestep supply problems brought about by the limited number of Diamondvilles Intel has been able to ship so far.
The machines are expected to ship as the Inspiron E range.
@ 4.1.3_U1 et al
i believe you are refering to:
"We've not had time to conduct a full review - our unit's on the way, Acer says"
review? comparison with eee/wind? ultimate group test for win and justice? <puppy dog eyes>
Not on Latitudes
Just to point out, the E Latitudes are replacing the D series and are not related to the Inspiron E. The 12.1" E series Latitude is a replacement for the Latitude D420 and 430, the former of which I am typing on right now.
Yes, it looks nice, but it has an HDD not flash storage. As for it being able to "smash an eee to bits", will its HDD still work? I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped my eee onto a hard floor - the screen remains open (those hinges are strong puppies), and the whole thing keeps running with no hitch.
As for those who wonder why we're not interested in real laptops - price, and size. I want something I can slot into my 30x45x10cm bag - the eee fits nicely, and I have room for a book, wallet, Blackberry and sarnie.
Small YES! Cheap NO!
I wish articles would stop calling these things cheap. Small and convenient, yes. Cheap to purchase? Considering what you do get with these eg a decade old, discontinued operating system (XP) and what you don't get eg an optical drive, these things are small in size and value, not cheap. $100 laptop anyone? Pipe dream?
As others have pointed out, you can get more value from purchasing a normal laptop, but a big goofy looking laptop just doesn't have the same 'cool factor' as these ladytops. (My ladytop will be pink with a Hello Kitty theme on the case.)
Two ways to beat the Eeepc
1. Offer the same features for less money than an Eepc
2. Offer more features for the same money as an Eepc
There is no third way, ie. offer more features for more money. Anyone can do that.