Asus R2H hits U.S. in October for $999: who’s buying?

Asus R2H

Folks have been waiting on the Asus R2H UMPC for months, but the wait here in the U.S. is almost over according to Matt over at Matt spoke with Asus Customer Support and found out that:

  • Shipments should start in late September or early October
  • Orders can be placed through Asus’ online resellers
  • Standard model price is $999
  • Included in the standard model is a 60 GB drive, 768 MB of RAM
  • GPS, webcam, WiFi and Bluetooth are included in this model

When compared to current offerings, the sub-$1,000 price tag is compelling as you’re getting some upgrades over similar or higher priced competitors: more drive space, GPS and an integrated camera. Asus proves that the UMPC market is heading in the right direction: more usable features in price that’s closer to the target range of $500 to $1,000. The real question is: who’s buying? Did you hold off on a UMPC purchase to wait for the R2H? Better yet: is this still not compelling enough and you’re going to wait longer?


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