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Eee PC

Posted by bitguru on January 4, 2008

I guess this is old news, but just today I discovered the ASUS Eee PC. The image shows one on top of a 13″ MacBook. A tiny PC isn’t all that remarkable these days, but one with a tiny price is. Supposedly it is or was possible to pick up one of these for US$250, which is low enough to be tempting. (Best Buy seems to be selling them for US$400, which is less so.)

That buys you a 2-pound machine with a 7″ 800×480 screen, a 900MHz Celeron processor underclocked at 630Mhz, 3 hours of battery life, 0.5 GB RAM, 4 GB solid-state hard drive, and 802.11b/g running Xandros Linux.

In most of the pictures I’ve seen it’s hard to get a good sense of how small this thing is, so I’ve tracked down a few.

There are rumors of an impending Apple subnotebook due in two weeks or so. I didn’t think I was interested, but if it’s close to the Eee PC in size and price (unlikely) I’ll have to reconsider.

[update: The new MacBook Air is very thin but is otherwise the same size as the regular MacBook. It also costs US$1800.]

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