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Let’s get the sub-$300 netbook party started! Pereira just pinged me to share this Best Buy link which shows the white Asus Eee PC 900A available for $299. This is basically the same model as the 900, but the "A" stands for Atom. As in 1.6 […]

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Let’s get the sub-$300 netbook party started! Pereira just pinged me to share this Best Buy link which shows the white Asus Eee PC 900A available for $299. This is basically the same model as the 900, but the "A" stands for Atom. As in 1.6 GHz Intel Atom. So it still comes with Linux pre-installed on the 4GB SSD drive and includes 1GB of RAM which is more than plenty. My original Eee PC was pretty zippy when running Linux with just half of that.

At one point, there was discussion of netbooks being an impulse purchase right off the shelf. At under $300, that becomes much more of a likely reality if you can find them on the shelf to begin with. I just checked stock at the nearest five Best Buy locations and sure enough, they all have ‘em. Thanks for the tip, Pereira!

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  1. I saw the Eee at Target a week ago at this price. Is it just the Atom processor model that’s new at this price?

  2. The MSI is also apparently available, but Best Buy is calling it the “Q2″. Check out the model number assoicated with this link:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9053445&type=product&id=1218012524726

  3. Sumocat, there was an EEE 2G Surf for $299 which was pretty gimped. This is actually a nice deal.

  4. I also saw the $299 Eee at a local Target earlier this week. They had non-functional display models out, with plexiglass bolted over the keyboards. The better to not let you even try out touch typing on the tiny keys…?

  5. I’ll have to run over to the Monkeyville Best Buy to check it out.

    They sell computers at Target? Since when?

  6. I just got one of these today from BBuy, it looks like a nice machine. This BBuy version of the 900A does not come with a webcam.

  7. Damn you guys for that information – what will I tell the wife when I get home with my 8th computer.
    You had better start a blog of usable excuses for buying stuff we just don’t need. I know I am not the first to suggest this – nor to blame you for spending money!!!

  8. @stewall – I am fortunate enough to be able to call it “research”

  9. Anyone know if this has a 4gb slc ssd or is it the slower mlc foundin the 16gb model?

  10. What size battery does this model have? The Best Buy specs page just says “Lithium ion” … Is this a 3-cell or a 6-cell? I’m guessing the 3…

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