Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2008 21:26 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems reviews the Asus Eee PC. "The Asus Eee PC has been heralded as a groundbreaking new computing experience and great for children. While the computer didn't bowl me over, my kids were another matter. When you hear about how small the Eee is, believe it: the unit measures approximately nine by six inches and weighs a mere two pounds. It's hard to take something that small seriously because it looks like a toy (and its name sounds like a sneeze). Open the lid, however, and you'll find power and features that belie its diminutive size."
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I had a large laptop. It weighed about 7.5lbs. It was a PITA. When I upgraded I went with small and light.

The smaller size and lower weight has allowed me to casually take it on trips, which gave me access to Google maps / Google Earth almost everywhere I went. Additionally I had games and work at virtually no cost in space or weight.

If you haul a heafty 18" big-screen laptop with the most powerful CPU/Video, it isn't casual. It doesn't look casual to others, it doesn't feel casual to you. It is an effort.

I predict that the smaller size, weight, price, and increased durability from the removal of magnetic storage on the new generation of flash-based laptops will make the new small laptops the casual anywhere devices that tablets, car-PC's, current laptops, and some cell-phones are trying to be; a casual computing device that enables access to the web, documents, and applications and does not feel out of place taking with you anywhere.

Just as exciting is that these devices cost less than what Microsoft is charging for an OS. If Microsoft does not offer significantly lower prices it may see Linux become the primary OS of casual computing.

Hardware prices are sparking real OS competition. A win for everyone.

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