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ASUS has officially announced its “big boy” netbook, which is part of the thin and light Seashell line. With an 11.6-inch display, I would have called it the Conch, but what do I know? It’s just a bigger screen, but there are more pixels than a […]

20090603-b-4.jpgASUS has officially announced its “big boy” netbook, which is part of the thin and light Seashell line. With an 11.6-inch display, I would have called it the Conch, but what do I know? It’s just a bigger screen, but there are more pixels than a patch of plankton, too: the resolution is 1366 x 768. ASUS inserts a 160GB hard drive but also offers 10GB of online Eee Storage because everyone could use a little more cloud in their lives.

The 1101HA is powered by an Intel Atom (Z-series, not N-series) paired with one gigabyte of memory. ASUS is claiming a battery life of up to 11 hours, but I’m bit skeptical about that, even with a 6-cell battery. The larger screen is sure to offset any power efficiency gains made by using the Silverthorne Atom chipset. But if I could get 7-8 hours, I’d be happy. More would be a bonus. Holding this up to my ear and hearing the ocean would be the ultimate. I haven’t seen any official word on price or availability yet.

  1. We need to be told how you posted this. Presumably the fibre’s not yet working?

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    1. I was going to use my EVDO 3G adapter, but the cutover from DSL to FiOS was only about 30 minutes. I banged this out on DSL while the installation process was happening. If there were any issues, I’d be just fine on 3G. The FiOS is now working though. It’s SMOKIN’!

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  2. So why are all of these netbooks increasing in screen size recently? I thought the idea was a smaller device? Although I do love the battery life claims, I wonder how it runs Windows 7…

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    1. My opinion is that the larger screened devices are better sellers than the smaller ones. Most everyday consumers aren’t ready for or willing to use a device with a smaller screen when they can use a machine with a slightly bigger screen. Just my $0.02.

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    2. Well, I for one already have a Nokia Internet Tablet for the small size; none of the netbooks fits in my pocket, anyway. I thought the idea behind the small size was that those LCD panels were cheap and plentiful.

      Now I’m looking for a portable computer (read: small, light) with a high resolution screen. This 1366×768 screen would do, but I’m more worried about supporting the software that I want to run, particularly a mainstream Linux. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a 9″ screen; my eyes are sharp enough to handle tiny text, but devices that are small, light, and have high resolution screens are still pretty expensive.

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  3. I think this 11.6″ inch might be the perfect size for me. I’m just really sad they went with the Z-series Atom. Most reviews I’ve read haven’t been too flattering about that one.

    I also find it peculiar that the device is comparatively thicker than the 1008H seashell model. I would’ve thought that a larger footprint would allow them to keep it really skinny. As it stands now it looks pretty chubby and mediocre.

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  4. The 11.6″ screen is LED; the 10.1″ screens are not. I don’t think the energy difference between them will be much.

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    1. Nearly all of the 10-inch netbooks (and 8.9-inch models, for that matter) that have hit the market in the last year are LED-backlit. In fact, I can’t think of a currently available netbook model that isn’t LED-backlit. ;)

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    2. Oh fudge. I hate it when that happens.

      In my defense, the press release mentioned LED only for the 11.6, not the 10.1. Of course, press releases don’t always mention everything.

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  5. Where can I get the new 1101? Nobody seams to have it, nor know how much is costs!
    ( I’m in TX, USA)

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    1. Hey Erika,

      You can actually pick it up for $429 with free shipping. You can learn more here: http://www.netbookreports.com/2009/08/asus-eee-pc-1101ha-available-from-buydigcom-for-order/

      The 11.6 inch size is actually a little too big for me. I use a 1001HE and am about to pick up a 1005HA for my wife. For me portability is key but at the ~12″ size, I don’t think there’s a better deal.

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      1. Jeffrey ADams Sunday, October 18, 2009

        I bought mine at BestBuy this week for $349.00

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  6. Allasus.com is also carrying it @ $459 – it should ship the week of August 10. They say if you upgrade to 2gb ram you get free shipping as well.

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  7. It cost US487 in Hong Kong

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  8. I just got mine last night at bestbuy I was the first in orlando to buy one there were about to put it in the shelf when I grab one and ask one of the sales ladys. the price is 379.99$. I’m been playing with it since and let me tell u it’s really good.

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  9. Bought one of these and I think they are great for the money I paid on Amazon.

    I did have a hard time finding a simple case for it as I like to put in a sleeve and then put it in my bookbag, purse, locker, whatever. However, found a small company that makes a pretty good sleeve for this unit and sells them for only $11.95 with free freight at http://www.nuvo-tek.com.

    By the same token, if anyone knows of where I can buy a good hard case (not a soft onw) that is not too expensive, please let me know.

    Thanks

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