Oops. Looks like the new Asus Eee Box mini desktop PC is shipping with a virus on the hard drive which Symantec identifies as the W32/Usbalex worm.
Asus isn’t hiding from the issue and admits that the Eee Box as in fact shipped with a virus but only models sold in Japan.
No word yet on how the virus may have gotten there to begin with.
[Via PC Advisor]
The latest addition to Asus’ Eee line of computers is beginning to hit stores, but time it’s a desktop computer and not an ultra-portable notebook.
While it looks more like an Apple router than a computer, the Asus Eee Box B202 is actually a full computer (less an optical drive) that can either sit on your desk or be mounted onto the back of an LCD monitor using a VESA mount.
Specs of the B202 include:
- Microsoft Windows XP Home (later models will also be available with Linux)
- Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor
- Intel GMA 950 graphics with DVI connector
- 1GB of RAM
- 80GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Four USB ports
- Available in white or black
One of the coolest features of the B202 is it’s “Express Gate” instant-on feature, allowing you to boot the computer to a basic shell and access your “web browser, IM chat, photo manager or Skype in only 7 seconds”.
For more info check out the product page here.
Engadget Chinese managed to get their hands on a slide showing the Asus Eee PC roadmap and it shows 23 different Eee PC models in three categories: Smart Casual, PRO Fashion, and Ultimate.
If that sounds like a lot you’re right–it seems that Asus doesn’t have to worry about their competitors as much as it needs to worry about itself. The Eee PC line is getting so watered down that sales could begin to suffer as consumers get confused.
Not satisfied with the current number of different Eee PC models available, Asus has gone ahead and announced another, this time the Eee PC 904.
Features of the 904 will include:
- Intel Celeron M 900MHz processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8.9-inch display with a native resolution of 1024 x 600
- 80GB hard drive
- Microsoft Windows XP operating system
- Uses the same keyboard as the Eee PC 1000 (which features a larger, 10-inch display)
Look for the 904 to hit later this month in the UK and sell for £269, or about $533 US dollars. No word yet on which other countries regions it will eventually be available in.
While Windows XP prepares to leave desktop and traditional notebook computers and begin a new life on UMPC’s (like the Asus Eee PC and MSI Wind), Microsoft has announced that they will be supporting the OS through at least the year 2014. This support will include security patches and critical updates.
This is a good time to remind everyone that June 30th will be the last day to buy a retail copy of Windows XP, so if you don’t have it yet but want it better think about ordering it soon.
Bill Veghte, senior vice president at Microsoft, says “our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years.”
And that Windows Vista sucks (oops). Honestly, user satisfaction is around 33% according to the last figure I saw, so 67% or so of Vista users are satisfied.
It’s nice that the majority of Vista users are satisfied, but to have so many people unhappy with the most important piece of software on their computer–the operating system–is bad.
[Via Download Squad]
Laptop Mag managed to get their hands on pricing for the Asus Eee PC 901 and 1000 notebooks for the US market.
The 901 will sell for $599 for either the Windows XP version with a 12GB SSD or a Linux version with a 20GB SSD
The 1000 will sell for $699 for the Windows XP or Linux version with a 40GB SSD and the 1000H will sell for $649 and use an 80GB hard drive instead of an SSD.
Specs aren’t 100% final for the 1000 series so things could possibly change before launch.
Still no word on an officially release date so if you’re interested stay tuned…
The new Asus Eee PC 1000H that was introduced at Computex has gone on sale today in Taiwan.
The UMPC with the 8.9-inch screen, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP Home can be yours for NT$18,988, or around $625 US dollars.
No word yet on when the 1000H will be released in Europe or the US.
A bit late to the party, Dell is preparing to launch a new, smaller Inspiron mini notebook computer to compete with the likes of the Asus Eee PC, MSI Wind, etc.
Not much is known yet about the system but it is expected to launch by August of this year and feature an 8.9-inch display and no function keys–the F1, F2, etc. keys will be dropped.
The mini Inspiron will likely be using Intel’s Atom processor and be available with either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux.
When you think of the processor inside of a UMPC, you probably think of a chip by Via or Intel–after all, it’s their processors that are powering Asus Eee PC’s and the MSI Wind.
Visitors at the AMD booth today at Computex Taipei found out that AMD is working on their own solution to allow UMPC makers to produce an AMD-based system.
There aren’t a whole lot of details out right now, but a company called Malata is currently building a system using an unknown AMD chip which is presumably part of AMD’s new solution.
Look for systems using this new AMD hardware in the second half of this year with a price of less than $400.
We already know almost everything there is to know about the MSI Wind, but today MSI is officially announcing it’s launch.
In case you haven’t been following it, the Wind is an Asus Eee PC alternative whose specs include:
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
- 512MB of RAM for Linux version, 1GB for Windows version
- 80GB hard drive
- 3-cell battery for Linux version, 6-cell battery for Windows XP version
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
Laptop Magazine got their hands on the Windows version of the Wind and call it “the best all-around mini-notebook to date.”
The found the pros of the 2.6 pound notebook to be:
- Relatively large 10-inch screen
- Fast boot time (34 seconds)
- Long battery life (over 5 hours)
- Conformable keyboard
- One-touch TurboDrive CPU overclocking
Not all is perfect, of course. They didn’t care for the single-bar mouse, below-average wireless throughput and limited tech support with no toll-free number.
The pros, however, far outweigh the cons and they gave the Wind their editors choice award.
Look for the Windows XP model to ship on June 16th for $499 and the Linux version to ship later this summer for $399.
For more info, pics and benchmark scores check out Laptop Magazine’s full review here.