The Acer Aspire One that debuted for about $500 is now being sold on BestBuy.com for $350 with Windows XP or $330 if you want it with Linux instead.
The Aspire One has a 8.9″ 1024×600 display, 802.11b/g, 3 USB ports, and an Intel Atom processor. With this price drop I think netbooks are actually hitting a price point that people will actually be willing to pay for these mini notebooks.
I personally believe that the magic price point for these netbooks will be around $300, at that price it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities for them to be purchased for children. But, I guess these companies either can’t get the manufacturing costs down low enough or want to make a little bit more profit, either way they will learn eventually.
Asus has finally unveiled their all-in-one addition to the Eee lineup. The new computer is named the Eee Monitor (terrible name by the way) it should come in sizes from 19 to 21 inches, have a built in TV tuner, and be priced around $500.
The PC should be shipping in September alongside Asus’s 42″ Eee TV.
I think that Asus may be going a little too far with that Eee TV, but I do think the Eee Monitor is a great idea. At $500 who wouldn’t get this all-in-one, the only problem I think the majority of the market would be frustrated by is the fact that it runs Linux (the vast majority of the public just isn’t ready for it yet), but of course, this is just me assuming that it won’t run Windows as well.
The Asus Desktop Eee PC has been a long time coming (a few months at least!) and Asus has finally given some actual info on the computer.
The name of it is now the Asus Eee Box, the computer will be available worldwide in July with both Linux and Windows XP versions. The cheapest model will be priced at $330 and have a 80GB hard drive (250GB max) 802.11n Wifi, 4 USB ports, and a card reader.
There is no word yet on what processor the Eee Box will have but one would assume it will be packing an Atom CPU just like it’s notebook brother.
Here comes another one of those oh so popular ultraportable notebooks, this time it is made by CTL (maker of the Classmate 2) and is called the IL1 and is so far the cheapest ultraportable I’ve seen, priced at $350.
Via C7-M 1GHz processor 1GB RAM 7″ LED-backlit LCD (800×480) Integrated graphics VGA output for second monitor 4GB solid state drive 2x USB ports 802.11b/g Wifi 1x RJ-45 10/100 Ethernet 56K Modem SD/MMC Memory Card Reader Windows XP or Linux Integrated 640×480 webcam
Dimensions & Power 9.6″ x 6.8″ x 1.7″ 2.6lbs 4-cell Li-Ion Battery About 4.5 hours battery life
According to DigiTimes Asus is pushing their upcoming Eee PC from June to May to help fight off some of the competition coming from the likes of Acer, HP and everyone else.
Remember that this isn’t set in stone yet but it would make sense that Asus would want to get their second generation product out as soon as possible so that everyone else would be on their first generation of this style notebook.
I’ve heard many people talking about how they aren’t really sure that this part of the notebook market would really pan out as all of us geeks are expecting it to. I hope that they are wrong, especially since, in my opinion at least, most people don’t need any more power than they would find in an Asus Eee PC and it would be much smarter for the average user to purchase a $400 Asus Eee PC and spend $800 on a desktop from someone like Dell than to spend $1200 on just a laptop. In this situation the $800 desktop will have about the same amount of horse power as the $1200 notebook but you would also be able to purchase a $400 Eee PC.
So in the past I posted about some pictures that showed up online of a Asus PC that had “Easy to Play. Easy to Lean. Easy to Work” written on the feature card but unfortunately that wasn’t the desktop Eee PC that we would soon be seeing as the official desktop Eee PC.
The desktop Eee PC will first ship in black or white with the possibility of more colors down the line.
Asus has said in the past that the desktop Eee PC would ship with an Intel Celeron processor and soon afterwards transition to the Atom processor. Asus also said that they would be pushing for a price somewhere between $200 and $300, with the goal being to get the cost down to $200 over time.
First thing I want to say about these pictures is: Nintendo Wii. The second thing I want to say is: I WANT ONE!
The EEE PC has become an incredibly popular little laptop and desktop versions of the Eee PC are going to be coming soon. The photos are from French-language site Matbe.com, and show a PC by Asus that doesn’t come right out and say Eee PC but it does have the words “Easy to Play. Easy to Lean. Easy to Work” written on the info card.
The desktop was shown off at CeBIT and was said to be running “Eee PC Linux OS.” Asus has said that when the desktop Eee PC will debut in April or May for $200-300.
Asus will be showing off the “New Generation” of Asus Eee PCs at Cebit 2008 and it includes an Eee PC with a 9″ LCD screen, 2″ (diagonal) larger than the Asus Eee PCs that are currently being sold.
The impact on the battery this new, larger LCD panel will have is said to be negligible, the Eee PC is going to have 2.5 to 3 hours of battery life.
The 9″ Eee PC is set to begin hitting store shelves in the middle of 2008 with a €399 price tag, which comes with a 12GB flash drive. There will also be a 8GB version, no US pricing has been found at this time.
This year really could be the year for Linux in the home. Shuttle has been showing off a $199 PC at CES. The Shuttle PC runs the KPC Linux distro and was announced on Tuesday. They didn’t actually have it on the CES show floor, you actually had to visit a private suite at the Bellagio to check it out but none the less they were showing it off.
The computer will have a Intel Celeron processor, a 945GC chipset, 512MB of RAM and the option of either a 60GB or 80GB hard drive.
The computer doesn’t have an optical drive or any PCIe slots but its a great looking box that will do what most home users will need it to do.
The new PC will come in either red, blue, white, or black each with a different color icon stamped on the front.