Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 19:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The Asus Eee PC challenges many conventional assumptions about mobile computing. The daring, diminutive device combines a svelte subnotebook form factor with a unique Linux software platform and a budget-friendly price - factors that could make this unprecedented product a mainstream marvel. Last week, my colleague Jon described the Eee PC as game-changing: a characterization that we will put to the test in this review."
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rip off
by muffenme on Wed 14th Nov 2007 20:41 UTC
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2006-01-05

get a pda for portabity or notebook for power, over price at 399.99 CAD and for what? 7 inch screen, no build in cd/dvd drive, and 4 GB of space so I run linux. I don't think so.

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RE: rip off
by Priest on Wed 14th Nov 2007 21:41 in reply to "rip off"
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2006-05-12

True, I got a used Dell D600 Laptop with a 2Ghz Centrino, 512 RAM, 14 inch screen, CD-RW/DVD drive, and a Radeon R250 for far less money than the Eee PC. No powerhouse, but it runs most games.

If you have a $400 budget for a laptop it seems like your money might be better spent going used.

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RE[2]: rip off
by leos on Wed 14th Nov 2007 21:52 in reply to "RE: rip off"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I got a used Dell D600 Laptop with a 2Ghz Centrino, 512 RAM, 14 inch screen, CD-RW/DVD drive, and a Radeon R250 for far less money than the Eee PC. No powerhouse, but it runs most games.


So, it's 4 times the weight, way bulkier to carry around, has a spinning hard drive (far less shock resistant), and probably far shorter battery life.
For your main laptop, sure, get a normal one, it will do more things, but it's not an effortlessly portable device. It's big and heavy and hot in comparison to the EeePC.

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RE: rip off
by Michael on Wed 14th Nov 2007 21:51 in reply to "rip off"
Michael Member since:
2005-07-01

A comparable PDA, if it even exists, would be vastly more expensive and have an even worse keyboard.

Lightweight laptops are much more expensive than this as well, albeit more powerful.

This gives a nice compromise at a pretty reasonable price. And the proof of it's quality can be seen by the fact that it's selling out everywhere. I've already seen it on eBay, selling for about 20% more than it retails for!

Seriously now, what competition is there at that price? OLPC or a low-end PDA?

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RE: rip off
by polaris20 on Wed 14th Nov 2007 22:47 in reply to "rip off"
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

Clearly you have no idea what the intended market for this is.

This isn't a traditional laptop replacement. It's for people that need more than a PDA, but something smaller than a laptop.

I for one would have loved this when I traveled a lot, because this plus a 2.5"-based USB hard drive would have lightened my load tremendously while still allowing me to do everything I need it to do (Office-type stuff, router configuration, web, etc.)

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