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Asus will be announcing the EEE PC 1000 next week at CompuTex in Taiwan with the biggest screen yet, 10 inches.  This leads me to wonder how big is too big where these ultra-cheap laptops are concerned?  Why should this matter?  Well it’s not the size […]

480_asus_eeepc1001whiteAsus will be announcing the EEE PC 1000 next week at CompuTex in Taiwan with the biggest screen yet, 10 inches.  This leads me to wonder how big is too big where these ultra-cheap laptops are concerned?  Why should this matter?  Well it’s not the size that’s the concern with me it’s the price.  The bigger the screen the more expensive to produce which translates into a higher street price.  This could be a factor as I believe that what catapulted the original EEE PC into the forefront was not the small size but the small price.  The portability was icing on the cake but what got everyone’s attention was the very low price.  Since that original EEE PC we’ve seen models that grow and grow along with the price tag.

I look at the notebook market today and you can get a pretty decent laptop for around $600 in the US.  Sure it won’t be tiny, but neither will the hardware components.  So if price is the major factor in the ultra-cheap notebook arena, and I believe it is, then these new (and bigger) ultra-cheap notebooks are entering the price range of the much better outfitted laptop.  Why buy a big EEE PC or equivalent for $600+ when you can get a Core 2 Duo 15.4-inch laptop from a major vendor with tons of memory and and an optical drive inside?  If size is not a big factor, and the bigger these little notebooks get the less a factor it will be, then go for the power.  That’s my take on it anyway.

  1. Its obvious to me… Asus is using it’s new found fame to cut itself a bigger slice of the well established notebook market pie. It found a niche (Mini-Notebooks) and has used that to make a name for itself among the masses. I know that they already make regular sized notebooks but i wouldn’t call them a big name in that area at the moment. When i think notebook i think IBM, HP, Toshiba and fujitsu. i have a feeling that Asus is sneakily moving up the line to be among the big names also.

    Thats my take on it anyway.

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  2. Exactly! The classic size/portability versus features/price tradeoffs. I bought a 13inch Dell in January for $900 after realizing that to go smaller ment getting less power and at that time a larger price. I realized also that there was no single answer to the best mobility solution and I bought an Ipod touch for when I need true mobility and small size. The two device solution works for me. The ee machines are going to be hard pressed soon on both sides with the new MIDS and also the new 11-12 inch laptops.

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  3. I think the main issue with the EeePC and its ilk moving up to the $600+ range is Quality of construction. The HP-2133, from what I’ve read has provided that improvement in quality, but my take is that the 9″ EeePC has not made any significant improvement to it’s quality, they are simply charging more for the things they left out in the first place.

    Once you get to the $600 range, the step up to the $1000 price range is not so great, and opens up lots of other options.

    With two a 14″ Dell and a 15″ Asus (Linux) laptop, and a new high end 14″ Dell on the way, I’ve decided to sit out the mini-note until they have touch screen capabilities. I analyzed what I needed from the device, and the main use would be a portable browser to replace my N800, and allow me to browse content of various kinds (Web, eBooks, PDFs, etc) whenever and wherever I went.

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  4. This is just Kendrick taunting me to get that Lenovo U100. For close to TWO FRIKKIN GRAND!!!

    See, price STILL does matter!

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  5. The real shame of this is that they may end up killing the market they created.

    I think they’re losing track of what the original concept was, here. If the Eee Pc is big and expensive, it’s not really an Eee Pc anymore. It’s just another notebook.

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  6. Niels Andersen Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Mobility is important, but in order to be truly useful a device has to have a certain size. I bought the first Eee PC hoping it’d be a great alternative to lugging my macbook with me everywhere. It wasn’t. The keyboard was useless and the screen made even basic web-browsing impossible. I’m buying a new netbook (or whatever the name of the day is for these little devices) again sometime this summer because now they’re usable for me. The keyboards are getting big enough for man-hands (ie. mininote and wind) and the screen resolutions are good enough for basic stuff. There’s still a world of difference between a 1.2 kg MSI Wind and a 3.X kg 15.4 inch machine. At least that’s my take on it.

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  7. I think it’s important to remember that as far as I can tell Asus is not discontinuing the original EEEPC. This models aren’t meant to be the focus of the EEE line for now.

    The 9″ is very close to the original in size so that may end up being the main model when component price goes down.

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  8. @ Niels

    I wouldn’t count on the Wind’s keyboard being any better than the Eee. While the machine itself is larger, the keyboard is, roughly, the same size as the Eee Pc’s.

    If you want a best in class keyboard, go with the Mini-Note.

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  9. @Nate

    I have read in other forums that the MSI Wind is close to 90-95% the size of a regular keyboard, considering its a 10inch and the keyboard stretches to both sides. Its close to the Mini Note, but I will wait till I see multiple review of the MSI Wind and the EEE PC 1000 before buying.

    I think there are alot of people like me that do not need the horsepower on the go. We need a computer to type on and go on the internet. A mobile device (iphone) isnt as useful as a small laptop.(Copying and pasting, Typing, screen size, battery life)

    I cant stand carrying around my 14 inch dell, its heavy, clunky, and gets 1.5 hours of battery life now. Having some power is great but I’m only using word and firefox. A 500-600 dollar, 2.5 lbs computer is ideal.

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  10. Chris, JKK reported that the keys are just a mm bigger than the Eee Pc keys. The board stretches to the edges because there are more keys, not larger keys.

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