Asus Eee PC 900 officially unveiled

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News20080415Holding off on an HP Mini purchase to see what the second-generation Asus Eee PC will sport? The details arrived in the form of a press release with few surprises. The Eee PC 900-series is under a kilo in weight but ups the screen size and resolution over the 700-series. The 8.9-inch display bumps up to 1024 x 600, which is certainly more enjoyable than the 800 x 480 of the older model. There’s some basic multi-touch functionality on the trackpad if you want to zoom in or out on the display, which certainly beats moving your head closer or farther away for a similar effect.The Windows version offers two SSD modules, one 4 GB and one 8 GB, while the Linux version swaps the 8 GB out for a 16 GB SSD module to offer a full 20 GB of capacity. Both versions come with 1 GB of memory standard, the 1.3-megapixel webcam (an improvement), integrated WiFi and what looks to be the same Intel Celeron CPU as the older model. Not much of a surprise there as at CES, Asus was gearing for an early spring launch and the Atom wasn’t expected to be in devices until mid-year. Asus didn’t announce a price in the release, but I’d hazard a guess in the $450 to $550 range.After using the older Eee PC to cover CES, I can say that it’s a handy little unit that can be used almost anywhere due to its small size and weight. The keyboard is cramped, but I’m able to touch-type on it. The new model addresses one of the largest issues: a bigger screen with a higher resolution. The additional storage is nice too, but was never a concern for me personally due to my reliance on web-based apps and storage.(via Engadget)

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Kevin C. Tofel

I was only kidding about the floppy, Mike.

And to the rest of the readers: don’t tell Mike the secret Windows thing. It will be our little secret plus it will drive him nuts trying to figure out what it is. ;)

Mike Cane

Kevin: I seriously doubt that people are still using floppy disks. I hardly see them for sale anymore! I think we’re beyond the point of people not understand a C: and D: designation.

Someone else made the point programs should ideally reside on C: and files on D:. Eh, six of one, half dozen of the other.

Most everything I want to use is small, so I expect I can get it all on C:. And I can plop whatever large programs that are less frequently used on D:.

For me at least, this doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Whew. I thought there was some secret Windows thing I’d forgotten!

Bryan

I guess the thing that sucks about getting something like this is that sooner or later there will always be something bigger and better that makes people kick themselves for not waiting to buy it…

Kevin C. Tofel

People like to work alphabetically by nature and if they see a C: drive and D: drive, they ask where the A: and B: are. Do you really want to contribute to the return of the floppy disk?!? ;)

Because the device is marketed towards people who may not have used a PC, it would be nice to have one contiguous logical drive so they don’te get confused. I personally like the idea of two drives (one for the OS / apps and one for data), but I understand where folks are coming from with the issue.

Mike Cane

I don’t understand all the uproar over the two drive deal. What’s wrong with C: and D:? What am I missing?

gorgmars

WTF, it’s 2 separate drives? so i will STILL have to use nlite to install XP? dont they know people were using SD cards for data storage & wanted additional *primary* storage for the OS?

same small crappy 2hour battery (in Windows)

same underclocked crappy CPU

they did improve the screen though

for a company to create such a smash hit with the original EEE, they blew it with the sequel (as compared to what it was suppose to be).

Ricky B.

It looks really nice! The battery is my big worry, too… I’m very tempted to get either this or the Mini-Note, even though neither is much smaller than my X60 and both are sure to get worse battery life.

Is the multiple drive thing a big deal to everyone? I know how to combine them into one partition in Linux.

Nate

JKK showed us, earlier this week, that the drives show up separately.

This is not good.

Sean Brady

I like the EEE PC just to have the PC with me when I want it. The battery life could be better yes, but since it is not my primary machine it is not a huge deal. If you look on the JKKMobile blog from earlier this week he did a review of some new third party batteries which hesaid were giving him 5+ hours on XP…with his touchscreen. Of course, the battery is 120.00. :)

Kevin C. Tofel

Yaw, I definitely agree on the multiple drives; it could be confusing to folks and I suspect that they are separate. Hopefully, I’m wrong. As far as your question: I consider myself truly mobile AND I like small devices. No reason those have to be mutually exclusive. Using Linux, I was easily getting over 3 hours on the Eee PC, not 2. More would be better of course and that’s why I like the 5-6 hours runtime on my Q1UP. I SOLELY used the Eee PC to cover this year’s CES from the floor; it doesn’t get more mobile than that IMO.

Yaw

so all they did was stick a 2nd SSD module in there & a bigger/hirez screen? i hope they arent charging too much more.

i hope those 2 SSD’s show up as just C: & not C: & D: or people will still have a hard time putting Windows on it.

until they get a new CPU & better battery this thing is almost worthless to me at 2hours battery life. Kev may like running around looking for outlets or swapping batteries (which makes me question if he’s truly mobile or just likes small devices) but i sure as hell dont.

Nate

In the US, we have no more information about a release than we did yesterday at this time.

Talk about anticlimactic.

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