ASUS‘ new Eee PC is called the 1201HAB and is currently ASUS’ cheapest 12.1-inch machine. It rocks specs much similar to that of the 1101HA – a 12.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display, a chiclet keyboard, and matte casing. However, this machine runs a single-core Atom Z520 CPU, slower than the Nvidia ION on the Eee PC 1201 N.
The machine is said to have solid video playback, including in HD. Its processor makes for a slightly slower device, but it can run for 6 hours and is slimmer (but larger) than a typical Eee PC netbook.
You can get the ASUS Eee PC 1201HAB for $329 at Best Buy.
The specs of the 12.1-inch ASUS Eee PC 1201N netbook have been out for a while now, and they’re truly something to look forward to – 2 GB of RAM and 250 GB of storage on a machine selling for a mere $500. But while the netbook was anticipated to go on sale by December, that’s only a half truth – you can pre-order the Eee PC 1201N right now, but you’ll have to wait until January 15 for it to ship.
If you can stand the wait, get to it – pre-order your own ASUS Eee PC 1201N netbook here.
Rumor has it that the first Eee PC pre-installed with the Moblin open source operating system will be available for purchase beginning in October of this year. Furthermore, there’s another floating rumor that the company may even make this an option for all its notebooks sometime in the future.
And, as if that weren’t exciting news enough, another rumor is that ASUS is working closely with Google to prepare for the deployment of the Chrome operating system on its computing devices. The deployment may occur not too far from the present.
ASUS has experimented with Moblin in the past, so these rumors may have an inkling of truth to them. But we’ll still take them with a grain of salt. Hopefully, we’ll know more about what the company is cooking up soon, and when we do, you can be sure that we’ll let you know.
Netbooks are designed to be as mobile as possible, so what better way is there to exercise that mobility than buying a car charger for your ASUS Eee PC? It fits every Eee PC (with the exception of the new 1005HA, according to comments at Amazon), so you can hit the road with your machine in tow no matter your model.
It’s available now at Amazon for $49. Check it out!
Pegatron has another Freescale netbook prototype out and about, the same one trade shows (like June’s Computex) have gotten a glance at. It’s displayed here next to a Palm Pre because both the netbook and the smartphone share ARM’s Cortex A8 core architecture.
Aside from the slow processor, the netbook’s specs are otherwise impressive. It has integrated 3G and GPS as well with WiFi and Bluetooth. The netbook should get up to 8 hours of run time.
An actual release for the Pegatron netbook may be a while off, as long as it gets positive feedback from testers. ASUS could be the company to greenlight the project or even label it an Eee PC.
Hopefully, the netbook should see low prices due to its smaller processor.
The Eee PC packs an Atom N280 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 120 GB of space, a biometric fingerprint scanner, Wi Fi, Bluetooth 3.1, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and 3 USB 2.0 ports. It has a multi-touch touchpad for some ergonomic gestures and the 10.2-inch display has 1024 x 600 pixels.
You can expect up to 5.9 hours of juice from the 6-cell battery. It’s on sale for €429/$608 in Taiwan, and you can order one here if you just can’t wait for a release near you.
In order to spur consumers to buy netbooks now and not to wait until the Windows 7 operating system is released, some netbook companies are allowing free upgrades to Windows 7 for customers who currently purchase machines running Windows Vista. But of course, there’s always a catch.
First, here is a short description of the Windows 7 Upgrade Program:
But the limitations don’t stop here. Owners of the 1101HA must be running the Windows Home Premium version of the operating system, while owners of the 1005HA must be running either Windows XP Pro or Vista Business. The problem is that most netbooks are sold with the standard Windows XP Home version of the OS.
There are other Asus machines that may qualify for the Windows 7 Upgrade Program, but not very many. Could this possibly imply that the company isn’t too financially flexible (right now)? Maybe…but who can blame them, since most companies are in the same boat in this downturn economy.
The new ASUS netbook is coming out May 16th, packing the Atom N280 and a host of other features common to netbooks – 1 GB RAM, 160 GB of space, and Windows XP. The 10.1-inch netbook uses a WSVGA 1024×600 LED backlit display.
Features include 3 USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g/n wireless access, Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, memory slot, and an unfortunately short-lived 3.8-hour Li-Polymer battery. The new netbook doesn’t drift far from the standard formula, but the classy color scheme and form factor make me a tad jealous of the Japanese anyway. Cross your fingers for US distribution!
If you thought crazy netbook uses would stop at car-mounted GPS, prepare to be surprised. This Eee PC is the brain of a “software-ready autonomous robot” by RoBe:Do. The bots aren’t an experimental device; they’re ready for you to pop in your netbook and start messing around.
There are two models: Coppa and Silvio. The netbook brain offers users access to the “12V rechargeable battery, autofocus webcam and sonar system, and… a variety of accessories including motion, heat and humidity sensors, [and] servo-driven grabbing actuators.”
The netbook connects to the bot though a simple USB link. It can also be used through an iPhone, as demonstrated below.
The only less-than-freaking-cool aspect of the RoBe:Do netbook robot is, naturally, the price tag. We don’t know the specific model differences just yet, but you can get the Coppa model for $1,649 and the alternate Silvio for $1,449.
If you still aren’t satisfied, be sure to take a look at the video below for a deliciously creative use of the RoBe:Do netbook bot.
While many of us may profess love for the original Super Mario Land game, few can assert the godlike devotion of the true devotees. Can you say you took a laser to your Eee PC netbook in the name of Mario?
I didn’t think so.
Chris Maguire has brought a whole new meaning to awesome modding by laser-blasting “everything from the familiar layouts of 1-1 to the climactic battle with Tatanga in the clouds at the end of 4-3” onto his Eee PC.
And he means everything. The entire game has been surgically inscribed onto his netbook by the laser masters over at NYC Resistor, a Brooklyn-based custom etching company.
Maguire even provides the etching pattern here if you have the confidence (or cash) to zap your netbook as well. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t worry – Maguire suggests you set the laser at “raster mode at 70 percent speed and 40 percent power to achieve this look.”
Best of luck to you. Here’s a round of applause to Chris for his epic victory!
More pics after the break.
EDIT: Turns out this is from the Game Boy version of Super Mario, not the NES one. Thanks to the posters over at Overclock.net for the correction!
In the quest for ever-smaller devices, manufacturers have gone to extreme lengths to eliminate space wasting. However, this gadget might be a first. Details are scant, but check it out anyway: the ASUS Eee PC Keyboard.
The ASUS Eee PC Keyboard is a full-size device to be based on the Atom model. It has a small 5-inch touchpad on the right, which may in fact be a secondary display.
We don’t know when the prototype will hit the market but we’ll keep our eyes peeled. If this device stays as sleek as it looks it will be a serious entrant to the market.
Some interesting things will be happening for netbooks in the near future, and the latest idea is a bigger variety of tablet-style netboks.
Small keyboards and screens can lead to a lot of frustration. This has led to a lot of speculation on newer touchscreen netbooks, such as the touchscreen Eee netbook next year.
Perhaps the iPhone will be the inspiration for 2009’s netbooks. The technology exists for better touchscreen netbooks, from both a display and processor viewpoint. Touchscreens are simpler and more elegant, and with no need for a physical keyboard tablets may have more room for batteries. The upcoming 7-9 inch Apple iPhone should make use of these, and offer something for the industry to mess around with when thinking of its own new netbook designs.
It’s certainly possible, and there are some out there who’d really like it to be so. But what will make that decision?
The question is really one of the fundamental desires of consumers. Do they want a fast, thin, expensive MacBook Air or a slower, thin, cheap Aspire One or Eee PC? A notebook or a netbook?
If people want portability and affordability, 2009 will bring big things to the netbook industry – and the netbook industry will bring some big things to 2009.
Should 3G broadband wireless become standard, the future of netbooks will look especially bright. 3G is a big deal these days, considering the massive successes of Apple’s iPhones, and netbooks with the feature have sold especially well.
The intrigue of netbooks comes from the fact that, up until their birth, consumers always payed more for portability. Smallness and thinness have become in vogue as the big clunky cell phones of the 80s gave way to Razrs, as room-sized computers shrank to fit in your backpack.
Netbooks are in the spirit of this trend. They are ultimately small, but thankfully, incredibly cheap. Consumers who don’t play videogames or edit film on their machines are starting to realize they just don’t need all that extra capability, and as 2009 rolls around, netbooks will be in their sights. They will decide the future of netbooks.
T-Mobile is getting in the mix as 2008 ends by introducing its netbook/mobile broadband program. It should be a big competitor in the growing ‘netbook bundle’ market.
They will be giving out ASUS Eee PC 904HD netbooks, USB modem sticks, 3 GB monthly fair use amount, 200 free texts, and cheap Wi-Fi access with the purchase of a 24 month contract. If you’re in the market for that kind of thing this has to look unbelievably attractive. Download speed for the netbooks is around 4.5 mbps.
The particular model they’re offering has ” 8.9-widescreen display, an Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, a 80GB HDD, WiFi, a card reader, Windows XP Home and a webcam.” T-Mobile is also expected to launch two similar models soon, but we don’t know if they’ll be laptops or netbooks.
The kicker? Acer, which has been leading the netbook market so far, got replaced by ASUS because it failed to supply enough netbooks. The only other open mobile phone network without a netbook package is O2.
Prepare yourself – we’ve stumbled across some pretty attractive looking netbook deals, and if you didn’t already get one for Christmas here’s a few that will spark your interest. Liliputing has a longer list but here is a pretty solid sample:
- Newegg will sell the 4G Eee PC (7-inch display, 512MB of RAM and a 4GB SSD) for merely $219.99.
- Newegg is also giving out $40 mail-in rebates for the respectable Eee PC 1000HA, making it a mere $389.
- With this coupon code you can save $10 on a new HP Mini 1000. This will make it only $349
- Best Buy’s got the Acer Aspire One with XP for $300. This version has an 8GB SSD.
ASUS introduces the latest addition to the Eee PC family, the Eee PC 1002HA. It features a redesigned chassis and comes with a brushed aluminum LCD cover and palm rest.
Eee PC 1002HA is a sophisticated, lightweight, easy-to-use netbook that brings a touch of elegance and utility to everyday computing.
Stylishly Thin and Light
Designed for users who crave computing mobility, the Eee PC 1002HA weights only 1.2kg with the battery attached and measures in at a thickness of 1 inch. ASUS adored the netbook with brushed aluminum for the LCD cover and palm rest in order to make it as light as possible.
Feature Packed Mobile Companion
In order to complement mobile users, the Eee PC 1002HA has a ton of great features:
- A 10” LED-backlit display (1024 x 600 pixels) providing high contrast pictures with vibrancy, while using little power at the same time.
- A keyboard 92% the size of a standard keyboard making it very comfortable to use.
- A digital array microphone.
- A 1.3 megapixel built-in webcam allowing for mobile video conferencing.
- Bluetooth connectivity enabling users to wirelessly connect Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Eee PC 1002HA.
The Eee PC 1002HA comes with both Linux and Windows XP home edition operating systems, allowing users to choose between the familiar Windows interface or an easy to use, icon based interface. It also comes with a multi-touch touchpad, a built-in 4-in-1 card reader capable of reading MMC, SD, Memory Stick and MS-PRO media formats, and a F9 Fast Recovery Key providing system recovery with a single touch.
Intelligent Power Management
The Eee PC 1002HA uses a Super Hybrid Engine which consists of the Power4 Gear Hybrid application and the Energy Processing Unit (EPU).
Power4 Gear Hybrid facilitates the deployment and usage of power according to the users’ preferences in relation to the specific tasks that they need to perform, while the EPU accurately detects the users’ power requirements and makes the necessary power adjustments.
It also boasts a custom-made, polymer battery that can provide up to 5 hours of use.
Physical and Online Storage
- 160GB of primary storage
- 10GB of online storage which allows users to access their files anywhere.
- Additional space for backing up important files.
The Eee PC 1002HA supports Bluetooth and features an extremely fast 802.11n wireless connectivity.
All in all, I see a bright future for the Eee PC 1002HA.
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We haven’t heard from Acer in a while, but as the world’s third biggest PC manufacturer, it’s proving it is still in the game. It’s time to check out a few new releases for us in the netbook world to feast upon: a new Acer netbook, and a new desktop computer.
The plans for the new netbook are nebulous and unconfirmed, but we have a few specifics: it is a 10.2″ netbook slated for a 2009 entry to the market. Acer is also introducing a new desktop, and analysts expect this combo will serve well to set Acer up against Apple computers and, of course, netbook giant ASUS whose dominance of the netbook market is hard to contest.
As netbooks increasingly follow a homogenized formula, doubts as to the interest value of new netbook releases may run high. However, Acer intends no confusion – execs have assured us that the new system will be “different”, a quality it will definitely need to take on the magnificently popular Eee PCs.
The company has had only one product in the market thus far, the 8.9″ Aspire One. Despite its long tenure in the netbook world, the Aspire One is still one of the most excellent products on the market. However, as we have noted before, 7″-9″ displays have been fading out in favor of larger devices with better resolutions. The new netbook will follow this trend but will include the recently preferred 1026×768 display, which has proven to be the resolution at which most web pages work best.
The new Acer netbook’s price should rise at least $100 above that of the current Aspire One, placing it at about $500. The extra cash pays for pre-installed Windows Vista and hard drives with up to enormous 320 GB capacity.
The new desktop has even fewer specs confirmed, but it is said to be prepared to launch for competition with the iMac and ASUS’ touch-enabled Eee Top.
Acer has laid out a plan involving the sale of a full six million Aspire One units for 2008, a million more units than competitor ASUS’ intended goal. The challenge has been laid out before the tech industry – Acer is ready to roll. The new developments we’re sure to be seeing in the near future will be enticing to follow.
It’s become clear that nowadays almost every netbook on the market comes with a 10-inch/Intel Atom/Windows XP formula configuration. Finding a netbook that breaks the mold is a great surprise, to say the least, and today is one of those occasions. Once again rising to the occasion, ASUS – whose recent developments we have been following in our articles here and here – has decided to deliver a netbook that will surely shock you.
The ASUS N10J is a 10-inch system that will, as a change of pace, not share the Eee PC brand name. Other ASUS netbooks have fallen under the Eee PC label but, perhaps to highlight the uniqueness of this new netbook, ASUS has decided not to continue the trend.
However, that is not all. It appears that this new netbook is going to be meant for games… what?!
At first glance, this seems anachronistic. Could low-power and small screen size, features that characterize standard netbooks, be even remotely compatiable with gaming?
The N10J will enter the market at $699, which is somewhat above the average. It has an Nvidia GeForce 9300 graphics card to run the games it means to, which is the first time discrete graphics have been seen on a netbook. Interestingly, there is an option to switch between GeForce graphics and the integrate Intel graphics, so if you want to do a bit of tweaking to improve your battery life while gaming, you can.
The new netbook should appeal to PC game lovers, and prove to be an excellent device to travel with. Of course, this will require buyers to adapt to playing with lower framerates and turning down the graphics. In order to compensate for the added task of running games the ASUS N10J has 2 GB of RAM and a 320 GB HDD.
This excellent new attempt to change the industry is exemplary of the calculated risk-taking ASUS has proven it can harness and succeed with. It remains to be seen if any competitors are up to ASUS’ challenge.
Asustek Computer is busting out new models. The 1002HA, which we covered in our November 24th article, is not the only new netbook release to grace the shelves of stores in the new future: ASUS has announced another frighteningly cheap netbook, sure to take a massive slice of the consumer pie in the near future.
The new Eee PC, which has been available in Taipei under the name ‘Surf’, should cost a slim $200. It will be available in the US in the first quarter of next year.
This low-cost version of the immensely popular Eee PC that started the netbook craze shows ASUS is going back to roots – not a bad idea, considering the buzz they got going early in the history of netbooks.
The ‘Surf’ netbook has a small 7-inch LCD screen, an Intel Celeron M processor, and ran an operating system from Linux. Other more expensive Eee PCs have perhaps overshadowed this little guy, but analysts expect US consumers to devour it with fervor.
Other Eee PCs with 9 or 10 inch screens running the Intel Atom are the norm these days, but cost far more – perhaps even doubling the cost of this cheap new netbook. While 7-inch netbooks are is a swiftly decreasing section of the market, hopes are high for the new Eee PC.
It is doubtful whether the International Consumer Electronics Show in LA will even feature the Eee PC, so for now all we’ve got is speculation. Come first quarter next year, however, all our questions will be answered.
Happy Black Friday and tune in here soon for daily netbook news.
As part of a new recent trend towards accessibility and efficiency, Dell has announced that its Inspiron Mini-9 will be available with 3G broadband.
CEO Michael Dell confirmed the company’s intentions to sign up more wireless providers for its new netbooks, though he did not specify when.
For a mere $125, Mini-9 netbooks in the United States will be set up to feature WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network). However, that’s not the best part: AT&T is offering a $120 rebate on it if you sign a two-year contract!
While exciting, the new offer is only going to be available on the newer, XP-running versions of the Mini-9.
The new announcements aren’t only coming from Dell; Taiwanese computer company Acer has some things to say as well. Acer, producer of the well known Acer Aspire One A110, had a big role in getting the netbook ball rolling in the tech industry.
Acer’s Scott Lin announced that the netbooks of the company are expected to get bigger and cheaper in 2009. The new Aspire One will take on a 10″ form around February or March of the coming year, a departure from the earlier Aspire One which only measured in at 8.9 inches. Analysts have suggested this is a move to try to take up more space in the market which, though in a sense started by Acer, is now owned by the Dell Mini netbooks, the Eee PC, and MSI’s Wind.
As Black Friday draws closer, new netbook announcements seem to be coming out at light speed. We’re definitely pumped to see what else is coming soon.