Monday, July 16, 2007

I Want Eee!

I know what I want for Christmas! An Eee! According to Asus, Eee stands for "easy to learn, easy to play, easy to work". Just by hearing the name one can recall a similar product the Nintendo Wii. Maybe it was named as such to conjure the novice-friendly approach of Wii into computing.

Just look how small it is.


According to reports the Asus Eee PC 701 specifications are:
  • 7-inch display
  • 802.11b/g WiFi
  • Ethernet
  • modem
  • webcam
  • 900 MHz Intel Dothan Pentium M CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4 or 8 GB flash drive
  • and a Linux OS
This thing runs Linux.

What about the price?

This is the reason why I want this gadget. Price starts at $199 for the 4GB model and $299 for the 8GB model. Imagine that! For less than PHP 10K I can have a spanking brand new, powerful, and very ultraportable laptop-lite.

The Market

Students or someone who just wants a laptop to:
  • browse the web
  • check emails
  • instant messaging
  • video conferencing
  • jot down notes
  • create simple office related tasks
  • upload and download files
This machine is heaven-sent. With Palm Foleo just around the corner, it will be an interesting year for laptop-lites. Hoping to grab one in stores by the year-end. And again hoping that Filipino tech shops won't overprice this thing.

* for a very thorough review of this thing, click here.

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