Eee“Specs and launch plans aren’t entirely nailed down, but this new Eee PC line has quite a bit going for it, even as crowded as this market is getting. The 7-inch ultraportable is based on an unnamed Intel chipset, and runs regular Windows XP or Linux without a problem, but really shines in its “easy” mode that strips things down to a barebones OS mainly for internet browsing (sound familiar, Foleo?).” – Engadget based on Hardware Zone info.

The e-book angle: So how good is the Eee screen? And no mention of tablet form. For pure e-reading, the OLPC machine would still seem to be the way to go—if you don’t mind perhaps having to buy a second machine for a child in a developing country. Upside of the Eee is that via regular Windows you can run a bunch of mainstream e-book readers and read DRMed books from major publishers. I just wish DRM would go away so we didn’t have to worry about that. Otherwise the honors from an e-book perspective would clearly belong to the $175 OLPC machine.

More info: “The Eee line will kick things off with the Eee PC 701, which will sport 802.11b/g WiFi, Ethernet and a modem for connectivity, along with a webcam, 512MB of RAM and a 4, 8 or 16GB flash drive for speedy, reliable storage. The real kicker is that prices for the 2 pound laptop are supposed to start as low as $200, and the Intel/Asus duo won’t be aiming this at massive governmental purchases, but instead will be offering it to consumers through traditional retail channels.” Apparently this is the non-school version of the Classmate.

The Eee name, as reported in Hardwarezone: “Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. I am soooo excited! I have been wanting a cheap OLPC-ish machine ever since I first heard about them. Light, portable and no-frills. I will for sure be keeping an eye on this.

  2. I’d buy one in a heartbeat. I just could never afford a laptop of my own for $400-600. I’ve even considered buying a used/older laptop for the lower price.
    But then I wouldn’t have had a lot of the features that are standard on laptops today (such as wifi). I primarily want to use a laptop to write while I’m on the go and perhaps go on the internet so it doesn’t need to be very fancy.
    I have a desktop for graphic and web design work.

  3. I first heard about this upcoming unit from Clark Howard Radio show.

    Please post when you see it available. I like the small size and portability.

    Thanks…..Steve

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