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Well this is going to be interesting - a windows version is around the corner? well to be honest I kind of like the Linux GUI anyway, but what will be crucial to this device is that it doesn't sacrifice speed or battery life for a fancy Vista like GUI.

I have always been a fan of Laptops and Notebooks being mobile devices, as opposed to Desktop replacements, so my personal bias has always been for a maximum screen size of 12" - besides have you ever been sitting by someone in an aircraft when they try to use their Laptop in economy? ;-)

More and more these days the connectivity side of things with 3G etc is becoming more mainstream and as a process making it more attractive to use devices more in the manner of Thin Clients and simply *connect* to your resources like Exchange via OWA, Google Apps, Zoho Office etc.

It will be interesting to see how this device fares in the Market?  

Asus has begun shipping its two-pound mini laptop, and says the system will be available with "Windows" by the end of the year. The Asus Eee PC uses flash storage and is based on a 900 MHz Celeron M processor.
(Click here for a larger view of the Asus Eee PC)
Originally tipped to cost $199, the device is now priced at $400, initially in a Linux configuration with 4 GB of storage. (You can access more information on this, along with reviews of the device, on our sister site LinuxDevices, here.)

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The Eee PC is a tiny, SSD-based laptop

Acer said in a statement that the Eee PC will be available with preinstalled Windows XP "by the end of the year," though no information was provided about which version of the OS will be offered. Potentially, Windows XP could require more memory and storage, demanding a somewhat higher price.
In principle, Windows XP Embedded (XPe) could alleviate this. However, Microsoft is thought to restrict XPe licensing to special-function, pre-programmed devices, such as for the embedded software infrastructure in thin client terminals or set-top boxes. If so, this would prevent its use in devices such as mini-laptops or UMPCs (ultra-mobile PCs). Still, Microsoft has become more aggressive in competing with Linux lately.
Without tipping Microsoft's hand on this matter, Scott Di Valerio, corporate VP of Microsoft's OEM division, stated, "we are excited to work with Asus to enable a Windows-based software and services solution for this new category of mobile PCs." With Windows on board, the Eee PC will better accommodate corporate requirements, Asus said in a statement.
Staging a series of press events worldwide, including one at the upscale Stanford Shopping Center in Silicon Valley, Asus said initial sales have been at the rate of one Eee PC every six seconds. In the U.S., the unit is available at online retailer Newegg.com and reportedly will also be sold at Best Buy stores.
Features and specifications cited by Asus for the Eee PC include the following:

  • Processor -- Intel Celeron M clocked at 900 MHz
  • Memory -- 512 MB of RAM, upgradeable to 1 MB by replacing the standard SODIMM
  • Storage -- 4 GB "solid-state drive"
  • Display -- 7-inch color TFT with 800 x 400 resolution
  • Camera -- webcam mounted above the screen
  • Audio -- dual speakers for stereo sound
  • Networking:
    • 10/100 Ethernet
    • 802.11b/g wireless LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • 3 x USB
    • VGA port for external monitor
  • Expansion:
    • SD card reader
    • Memory stick reader
    • mini PCI-express slot (accessible internally)
  • Battery life -- 3-4 hours
  • Weight -- 2 pounds (.9 kg)
As noted above, the Eee PC is available now. More information can be found at the company's Web site, here.

Asus ships mini-laptop, confirms Windows version

Posted on Friday, November 2, 2007 10:15 AM Real Cool Stuff , Linux , Thin Clients | Back to top


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This Laptop is so cool I might just buy one!
Left by Aeriel Lee on Feb 04, 2008 8:19 AM

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asus mini laptop is also out of the market now in dubai?
Left by allan reynoso on Feb 06, 2008 5:52 AM

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I am not too brilliant with computers so... can you tell me what I would need to use the mini laptop if using it away from home and wishing to go on the internet? Thankyou.
Left by gb on Apr 13, 2008 2:26 PM

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