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Asus Eee PC 901

August 18, 2008 By: webmaster Category: Technology

There are now officially six thousand, three hundred and forty-nine different Asus products bearing the name Eee. Or there abouts. Including a game controller called Eee Stick, which apparently . I’m primarily interested in the sub-notebook variants though, like the ASUS Eee PC 901. Shown here are the limited edition Korean pink and lime-green versions dropping in a couple of days, whereas the rest of the world will have to content with the black and white versions for a while yet.

Anyway. In a couple of months I’m off on vacation to Australia for five weeks, and would really like to bring a laptop to be able to check the weather for the next few days, book interesting excursions a few days in advance, check email, upload travel photos to home server etc. My trusty old ThinkPad T41p (best laptop ever) has performed that job for several years, but its days as a holiday computer are numbered. I need a sub-notebook. Any will do, as long as it’s cheap, small, lightweight and has a battery capacity of 4-5 hours at least. Screen, keyboard and looks are secondary objectives.

The new Asus Eee PC 901 seems to fit the bill. $600, size around a couple of DVD cases, 1.1kg and the battery claims to manage 4-8 hours. The screen should have been 1280 wide for todays web pages, but at 1024 it’s not that bad. I can deal with a certain amount of sideways scrolling to read my local newspaper on a beach in OZ. 🙂

There are quite a few contenders at this point of course. The MSI Wind (also sold under the Microtel Wind name) had a small 3-cell battery (aka useless) in the first batch, with the 6-cell battery slated for september. Now it appears that the battery shortage never materialized and that MSI is getting the 6-cell to the people a little early. 10 inch screen, spinning hard drive, Eee resolution, 1.3kg with the 6-cell battery and notably bigger though… We’re aaaalmost entering small notebook territory again. Note the Amazon-links are all for the 6-cell versions running XP. Don’t get the 3-cells.

The Acer Aspire One, somewhere between the 901 and the Wind. The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC has the resolution advantage, but I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to use those vertical mouse buttons. About the size of the 901 and lots of optional features available for a price.

The big boys are also loading their guns. The Dell 910 (wonder how they came up with that imaginative numbering scheme) looks promising, but the main thing there will be the price point. The Dell volume could take the entry in under $299. We should hopefully see in a couple of days. And Lenovo just rolled out the Lenovo’s IdeaPad S10, another $399 machine with comparable specs. Available in 2-3 weeks according to the Lenovo web site right now, several months earlier than previously thought. With the excellent Lenovo build quality and support, they may have a winner as well.

So, for the ones actually available for purchase right now it’s still the ASUS Eee PC 901 at the moment, but it’s still two months until I really need it so anything can happen. 🙂

Note all links are to the Windows versions of the various laptops. I will be getting the Linux version myself, but I expect most of you will opt for the Windows-version. If only to have a valid license to fall back on should you wish to reinstall Windows after having tried a Linux-distro. If you’re serious about getting one of the laptops mentioned by all means use the Amazon-links provided. Would keep me in coffee for a week or two!

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