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The scoop wire was running late tonight and these shots of Asus' upcoming Eee Desktop made their way to our inbox just now, so we thought we'd give you the digital relay on the skinny... literally.  Though it's hard to get a sense of size here, this thing is obviously svelte.  We don't have firm details but since this is an Asus "Eee" product, we can assume it follows the same mantra of "Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play".  Maybe a beefed up Linux distro and application bundle?  We'll see...   We should caution you that these are not "official" pictures per se.  In fact, we can't really comment on the source of these pics except to say that they are indeed... Read more...
Asustek caused quite a stir with their inexpensive little Eee PC notebook computer. There's been a lot of speculation about the how when why wherefore of the second generation of the unit. According to Digitimes, you can expect an 8.9",  touchscreen equipped, 512 to 1GB memory-packing,  8 to 12 GB solid state hard drive wielding, $500 unit in May or June of this year.The company aims to ship up to five million Eee PCs in 2008 through retail channels and contract orders combined, with quarterly retail-only shipments expected to total 650,000-700,000 units, according to the company. The device is seeing a 50% supply shortage in the Taiwan and Hong Kong regions and 70% worldwide in the... Read more...
We recently reported on the existence of the ECS G10IL, a mini-notebook/UMPC to compete with the Eee PC 900, but at the time ECS was very hush-hush on the details.  All that ended today when they posted the specs on their web site.The G10IL will be powered by a Diamondville CPU riding on a 945GSE chipset and featuring a single memory socket that can accommodate a 2GB module.  Adding to all that is an option of 8.9 inch or 10.2 inch screen, a 1.3 megapixel, and a 4 or 6 cell battery.  Perhaps the most interesting feature is the tri-band HSDP/HSUPA technology:“The 11-incher from ECS comes with built-in tri-band HSDPA and HSUPA, also called the "Super-3G" technology. The new broadband... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from ECS.It seems that ECS is preparing a sub-$500 ultra-portable laptop to do battle with the popular ASUS Eee PC.  At present the product's moniker is the G10IL, but it might get a flashier name to compete with the ASUS Eee and Cloudbook.“Although currently still in production, and details incredibly sketchy at the moment as to what else you will get in the box or when it will launch in the UK, what we do know is that it comes with a built-in webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet and a 56Kbps modem. There is no optical drive but if its got HSDPA it's sure to... Read more...
A little birdie tossed this one over the wall to us and we just had to pass this along to you.   Asus has done so well with their new little ultra-portable, ultra-miserly computer, that they're continuing to flesh out the product family with more flavors than an jacked up all-night rave at Baskin Robbins.  Word is the Windows XP variant of the Eee PC is due out "soon" and of course larger screen format versions have been seen in the wild as well.  However, we've got the first unveiling of the Asus Eee PC 4G-X model right here for you...  Asus' Eee PC 4G-X  - Click for full view Notice the sleak little Windows key there on the lower left of the keyboard? ... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Asus.The rumored 8.9” or 9” Eee PC may just become a reality after all.  While we don't have too many tech specs, we're hearing that the screen size is supposed to be 9” not 8.9” and because the battery life hasn't changed much, we're wondering if anything else changed:“The battery impact of the new display is said to be "negligible," with 2.5 to 3 hours of battery quoted. ASUS wouldn't let us turn it on since it's all so very secret at the moment, but they did confirm some release details. The 9-inch Eee will hit in the "middle" of 2008, with that €399... Read more...
The Eee PC from Asus has certainly garnered a lot of attention from the public and the media, but those aren't the only eyes watching.  After all, it behooves the major players to know what the public wants.Senior VP of Sony's IT product division, Mike Abary, has been watching the Eee PC very closely and had this to say:"If (the Eee PC from) Asus starts to do well, we are all in trouble. That's just a race to the bottom," said Mike Abary.He means that if mainstream PC buyers start to find their needs met by a lightweight, simply featured, inexpensive portable, it's likely to impel all of the major players in the industry to pile on by lowering their prices. And that's in an industry with... Read more...
The massive public interest in the Eee PC has certainly caused other manufacturers to accelerate whatever plans they've had to jump into the market with a comparable product.  Now it looks like Konjinsha of Korea is joining the fray with an AMD powered machine of all things:"Running on Windows XP and AMD Geode LX800 CPU, the E8 adopts 40GB HDD, 512MB memory and touch screen display with 1024 x 600 resolution. Other features included built-in stereo speaker, memory card slot, and USB port. Supporting 3.5 hours of continuous using time, it is expected to be available on February 29th for between 500,000(KRW) and 600,000(KRW).""Those prices translate to roughly $525 to $630.... Read more...
The Asus Eee PC  is a nifty laptop. And it became a sort of talisman of hope for Linux fans. Windows Vista demands too many resources for a stripped down lappie, and Linux seemed to fit the bill for the OS. The 800 pound gorilla at Microsoft is still XP,  and it's in the room with the penguin now.Asus has formally launched its bonsai laptop, the Eee PC, in Japan, pre-installing the machine with Windows XP Home Edition rather than Linux.The machine's specifications proved to be those of the standard 4GB solid-state disc model - the Eee PC 701, aka the 4G, though in Japan it's called the 4G-X.In addition to 4GB of storage, the 0.92kg 4G-X has 512MB of DDR 2 memory, a 7in, 800 x 480 display,... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news story with a grain of salt until we can get official confirmation or denial from ASUS.While we already reported that ASUS is already preparing a next-generation Eee PC, one of the newest rumors suggests that at least one variant will support a touch screen.  It is possible that utilizing a touch panel will allow the next-generation Eee to lose the more traditional touchpad, and thus save some space.“The second-generation of Eee PCs will support panel sizes of 8-, 9- and 10-inch, the sources said, of which, the 9-inch panel versions will feature a touch panel.The 9-inch touch panel-equipped Eee PCs will adopt four-wire resistive touch screen... Read more...
While the Apple MacBook Air has been the source of some buzz, it certainly didn't make waves like the ASUS Eee PC did during 2007.  While the two laptops are in completely different leagues, it appears that some just can't help but compare the two.  The biggest surprise is that Apple's new “ultra”-portable laptop didn't win hands-down:"After comparing the Macbook Air and the Asus Eee, it’s clear that Apple’s new notebook is not that great of a value compared to Asus’s surprise hit. The Air wins in overall sex appeal, raw horsepower, and a bigger screen. At the same time, the Eee is simply a more practical machine for those who only need a secondary machine to word process and browse... Read more...
ASUS Outlines Roll-out Plan for Windows Eee PCFremont, CA ( January 16 , 2008 ) – ASUS North American headquarters today confirmed the plan to offer channel-wide availability of the Microsoft W indows™ XP-based Eee PC.  The ASUS Eee PC defines a new category of computing device that offers an excellent Internet experience on-the-go for work, learn and play. With the additional offerings based on the popular operating system in both 4G and 8G models, consumers in North America will have a broader range of devices to choose from to suit their computing needs.“The Eee PC has been a tremendous success since our initial launch in November last year, and our channel customers tell us they... Read more...
There is a rumor that the Eee PC is going to get a successor sometime in the new year.  Keep in mind that this is just a rumor, but the upgrade could be fairly extensive.  Early reports suggest that new Eee(e?) PC would feature a larger 8.9” screen, WiMAX, and could very well ride on Intel's new Menlow UMPC platform.“Should ASUS choose to adopt the Menlow platform for the next generation Eee PC, huge power saving will be realized for users. The current Eee PC uses a 90nm, 900MHz Celeron M processor running at 630MHz with the current official BIOS. Intel's Menlow platform includes a 45nm Silverthorne processor which promises ten times the power efficiency of first generation UMPCs using... Read more...
If we were forced to say that the ASUS Eee PC had a single fault, we might site its less limited storage capabilities.  It's not a major problem when running the included Xandros distribution, but with only 8 GB of internal storage available the Eee PC is not quite up to the minimum specifications to install Microsoft's nearly year old OS, Windows Vista.Here's what you'll need to get things started:An Eee PC, completely unmodified (4GB version, 512MB RAM)A SD card (you'll need this, 2GB minimum, the bigger the better. I'm using 8GB, which are nice and cheap now)A Vista DVDA 1GB USB stick The instructions go on to detail the exact steps taken, which we estimate would probably take an hour... Read more...
When we took a look at the ASUS Eee PC we noted the little 'warrant void if removed' sticker covering the memory access port, but we didn't really care.  After all, ours was just a review unit and despite our repeated and futile attempts to convince ASUS officials that our dog ate our demo unit, we ultimately knew that we were going to have to return it.  People forking over up to $500 for the 8 GB models may have other concerns, and ASUS is addressing them directly:“ASUS Computer International (“ASUS”) recently received feedback from one of its valued customers with questions concerning the purpose of a seal stating, “Warranty Void If Removed” over the access door to the single SODIMM... Read more...
If you've been holding back on purchasing an Eee PC due to the somewhat limited storage capabilities, it looks like ASUS might be granting your holiday wishes.  That's right, the 8 GB Eee PCs should hit store shelves as early as mid-December for a price of $499.  There's no word on whether or not that price will include Windows XP, but we'll keep you informed as we learn more.If you're interested in an Eee PC, but haven't bought one due to the limited color choices, you may have to hold out just a little bit longer:“In other Eee PC news, Mobile O1 has posted pictures of the upcoming green model. Unlike the Pearl White and Galaxy Black models, the entire notebook casing is not molded... Read more...
Earlier this week we reported that a disgruntled Eee purchaser was considering taking ASUS to court over alleged GPL violations.  Those supposed violations stemmed from the alleged failure to provide complete source code for the software on the Eee PC in an accessible manner & location.  As we initially suspected, it appears to have been an oversight."Asustek stated that it has always respected the spirit of the GPL and the failure to make the source code available was due to an omission by one of the company's software technicians. The company is working on publish all the related source code onto Linux forums and will provide downloads, it added."This isn't the first time that... Read more...
We haven't been shy about our love for ASUS's new ultra-portable laptop, the Eee PC.  Thus we were a bit surprised to hear that new Eee PC purchaser Cliff Biffle is threatening legal action over the alleged inclusion of proprietary software and hardware that may be in violation of the GPL.“Biffle decided to disassemble the software -- which is permitted under the GPL -- and found that the asus_acpi kernel module was modified from the Linux 2.6.21.4 version. While the modification itself is permitted, in order to comply with the regulations of the GPL, ASUS has not published its modified sources, retained prior module attribution (name, version, and author) and has apparently stripped... Read more...
While HH takes a firm stance against piracy and EULA-violations, we are extremely impressed that somebody managed to get OS X 10.5 working on a brand new ASUS Eee PC.  Strangely enough, the biggest technical roadblock seems to be getting Leopard to run happily on a CPU that doesn't support SSE3.Leopard runs a bit sluggishly on the Eee, but some users have reported that Tiger runs well“...For those worried that they will destroy their eeePC - You shouldn’t. Aseus encourages you to install Windows, which requires you to destroy the default Linux setup. They created an awesome bootable restore DVD which you can use restore the machine to factory settings at anytime. Just like brand new.The... Read more...
Bigger isn't always better, and nowhere is that more evident than in the growing UMPC market.Still, there are some users who seemed to want a 10” screen on the ASUS Eee PC, and thus a rumor was born.  Well it appears that it's rumor squashing time, according to this Q & A, a 10” Eee PC isn't in the cards at this time:“I contacted ASUS to find out if the rumors were valid and this was the response:We will have 8G with the same form factor and 7” screen size as the Eee PC 4G now.  There are no plans for 10” at the moment.  Eee PC 8G expected MSRP is $499.99 USD.”Despite not getting a nearly 50% increase in screen size, we're still very impressed by the Eee PC.... Read more...
Hype, we all know the drill.  We've seen it many times before.  There's only so much commotion you can digest before you start to wonder if something is as good as it's played up to be.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated Asus Eee PC.  In fact, this product has been easily the most researched and searched-upon product in the HotHardware.com content database in many years.  Some speculate that this new ultra-mobile PC or UMPC, if you're the acronym-loving type, is an answer to the competitive call of the OLPC XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child organization.  We would offer that this just isn't so. In the pages ahead, we'll give you a detailed... Read more...
Hype, we all know the drill.  We've seen it many times before.  There's only so much commotion you can digest before you start to wonder if something is as good as it's played up to be.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated Asus Eee PC.  In fact, this product has been easily the most researched and searched-upon product in the HotHardware.com content database in many years.  Some speculate that this new ultra-mobile PC or UMPC, if you're the acronym-loving type, is an answer to the competitive call of the OLPC XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child organization.  We would offer that this just isn't so.   In the pages ahead, we'll... Read more...
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