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.
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.
Come June 3rd I’m sure we’ll start to see a lot of review’s of MSI’s Wind UMPC (that’s when the Wind is officially released), but for now we’re left with a couple of mini-reviews from CNET UK and Laptop Magazine.
Early word? “One kickass system.”
They can’t talk performance numbers or about the systems chipset until 4am EST on June 3rd, but they can say that “as far as the Wind’s hardware goes, we are seriously impressed. As for performance, here is a hint, it is equally, if not more, impressive.”
They love the screen and the keyboard but the trackpad is too cramped and they compare it to the trackpad on the Asus Eee PC 4G.
Look for more info in a few days.
According to a story at DigiTimes, Asus will be rushing to release their upcoming 10-inch Eee PC 1000 early because of pressure from the competition such as MSI and Acer
Though this isn’t official, “notebook industry sources” believe that the Eee PC 1000 will be launching on June 3rd along with the 8.9-inch Ee PC 901 using Intel’s new Atom processor.
While Asus has been showing off integrated WiMAX in their upcoming Eee PC 901, DigiTimes is reporting that models with integrated WiMAX will only be offered as an option to contract customers initially.
According to DigiTimes’ source, “after two quarters of evolution, Asustek believes the WiMAX market will not reach maturity in 2008, and has therefore decided to push WiMAX only in its 14.1- to 15.4-inch notebooks, mainly in the US market.”
No official word from Asus on this yet.