Both Asus and Acer have produced numerous netbook models to keep potential costumers feeling as though they are getting the latest and greatest netbook. This marketing tactic has awarded both companies as they are currently the top netbook dealers worldwide. Despite this fact they have decided to put a hold on new netbook releases until the middle of August.
The decision to freeze new netbook releases is likely due to the fact the Intel is releasing the Atom N550 dual core processor for netbooks in the third quarter of this year. Asus and Acer need to liquidate excess inventory to make room for future netbooks with the N550 processor.
The faster N550 processor will increase performance but also the cost of the netbooks that carry them. The cost increase will be minimal so current Asus and Acer netbooks with slower processors will be harder to sell. Because of this it doesn’t make much sense for the companies to produce many new netbooks with the slower processors prior to the A550 processor release.
With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.
Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.
The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.
Yesterday, ASUS started taking pre-orders for the ASUS Eee PC 1201PN netbook and today they have finally added an official product page for the device. Other retail websites have also started displaying the netbook on their sites as well.
The 12.1″ (1366×768 resolution) Eee PC 1201PN netbook is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and a Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, and is equipped with 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. The netbook also features HDMI and VGA output and runs on the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The standard battery is a 6-cell, with 47Whr power consumption.
The current price for the 1201PN is $499.
Will it be the next “iPad killer”? I doubt it, but it still seems like a decent tablet.
The device in question is the Asus Eee Pad EP121, a tablet computer that, according to the company, is “a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, compact PC and Internet device.” It was unveiled at Computex 2010 in Taipei and has a 12-inch touchscreen, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Asus has said that the device is able to run many applications at once, which the iPad cannot do.
Asus also revealed another new device, the Asus Eee 101TC, which is a thinner and lighter device that runs Windows 7 Embedded. Asus’ decision to use Windows on its tablets is probably going to help Microsoft maintain a presence in the still-young tablet market. HP was also going to use Windows in its tablet until its acquisition of Palm.
Via InformationWeek, image via CNET.
The introduction of books to PCs was a bit of a shaky one, but it’s finally starting to find its place in the market. Several companies have had tried to get a stake in this market, most notably Apple with the release of its iPad. Now we’re seeing a greater expansion in the e-book market.
Amazon Kindle is a software and hardware platform developed by Amazon.com, as a way to sell electronic books and have a device to work in tandem with their sale. After its release, Amazon released the Kindle for PC and Mac free of charge, allowing users to read Kindle books on their PC or Mac. However, Kindle still didn’t find its way everywhere. Fortunately however, Amazon has announced that Amazon Kindle for PC application will come preinstalled on some Asus netbooks and notebooks. This PC applications acts to fill in for the Kindle and will allow users to sync pages and continue reading from any of their other hardware. This will be a great move for Amazon, and give Kindle-lovers more variety when it comes to what device they should choose to read from. Amazon isn’t stopping there however, for it plans to have Kindle running on devices which run Google’s Android OS.
While this is great news for amazon, a dark cloud looms on the horizon. Kindle is currently Amazon’s most popular item, and it is sure to be threatened by the Apple iPad and Google’s advance into the e-book market.
Via eWeek, image via ScrapeTV
The newly released ASUS Eee PC 1215N netbook is a pretty impressive powerhouse; it’s got brand new components — at least newer and better components than that of standard netbooks — but it’s also priced at a similar level as the standard notebook… cringe.
The 12″ (1366×769 resolution) Eee PC 1215N will be powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom D510 processor, which is more geared towards nettops rather than netbooks or notebooks. Power consumption will be at 13W. The 1215N also comes with GMA 3150 integrated graphics (but unfortunately lacks high-def capabilities), which consists of Nvidia ION graphics with Optimus technology that allows users to quickly switch between on-board and discrete graphics.
The ASUS Eee PC 1215N will also feature two SuperSpeed USB ports, or USB 3.0 ports, as well as a regular USB 2.0 port on the opposite side of the netbook. It’s also rumored that this particular Eee PC will use AMedia’s USB 3.0 host silicon rather than those from NEC.
Pricing for this ASUS powerhouse will be around $500-$600.
The line between a notebook and a netbook has long ago been blurred, and now the same trend may occur between a netbook and a smartphone! ASUS is planning on launching an Eee PC netbook that will have mobile phone capabilities. The phone part of the device will be built-in and will double as 3G connectivity as well. This means that both devices would operate off the same SIM card.
The phone module is currently sold by Modu, an Israeli company. The company also sells other shell devices that go along with their phone modules. For example, Modu currently sells digital photo frames that can connect to the phone and display pictures that are taken from it.
According to Andrew Tse, the head of UK distributor Purely Gadgets, the netbook/phone combo is highly convenient, “If you don’t want to take the netbook out for the evening you just pull out the phone and take that.” The release date is still unknown but we’ll keep you posted on any new developments about this awesome device.
Image via NetbookChoice.
The ultraportable ASUS Eee PC 1201PN netbook is now available for pre-order on Amazon Germany. The 12″ ultraportable is currently available in three colors – black, silver, and red, and packs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and a NVIDIA Ion graphics chipset. Other tech specs include Wi-Fi, gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1, three USB ports, and HDMI and VGA outputs.
The ASUS Eee PC 1201PN is priced at €479, or roughly $600 US. No information is yet available on the shipping date, but ASUS is planning on introducing the Eee PC 1215N netbook in July, which is essentially a hyped up version of the 1201PN with Optimus support and a new, dual-core Intel Atom processor. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any future releases.
Back in March, ASUS released some details on their Eee PC 1005PR netbook. Just recently, the company has just released more (official) details about the netbook in its own press release and is making it available for purchase at some major retailers for $399.99 plus tax.
Here are some basics about the ASUS Eee PC 1005PR netbook. It features a 10.1″ LED-backlit screen with 1366×768 resolution. It’s equipped with an Intel Atom N450 processor, has 1 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of storage. The 1005PR uses the Broadcom Crystal HD Accelerator BCM70015 for high-definition video playback and has other features including but not limited to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HD audio. The battery in this mini computer is said to be good for a whopping 11 hours!
ASUS UK has put together a new ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1008P netbook collection with the help of designer Karim Rashid. We heard hints about the thing back in January, but the collection will go on display this weekend in London.
The 1008P netbook, based on the Eee PC 1008HA will be sold alongside a host of matching accessories, including a slim alligator-styled case and colored mouse.
ASUS is trying to make iPad and netbook lovers alike drop cash on its new Eee PC T101MT netbook instead. Set to ship this April at $500, ASUS’ new netbook delivers on a bunch of metrics that might have Apple lovers crossing the aisle.
The Eee PC T101MT has a swiveling 10-inch touchscreen, Intel Atom N450 processor, built-in GPU, 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB of HDD space, as well as a slew of features: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and SDHC card reader, webcam, and Windows 7.
You can upgrade to better RAM, better HDD space, and get Windows 7 Premium instead of Starter for an extra fee.
Asus is considered to be the father of netbooks. When the company first released the Eee PC netbook, the company pioneered a new genre of processing system; and sure enough, the Eee proceeded to win multiple awards such as the Forbes Asia’s product of the year. Now, Asus has finally released the next line in the acclaimed Eee series: the Eee PC 1001P. The new netbook offers numerous specs:
- Processor: Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz
- Intel GMA 3150 graphics
- 250GB HDD
- 1GB RAM (2GB max)
- 10.1-Inch Matte 1024×600 WSVGA LCD Display
- 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Windows 7 Starter
- 11 hours battery life
Clearly, the Eee 1001P is a solid netbook. However, there has been some controversy regarding the recent change in policy for the physical recovery media. When problems occurred with the operating system, Asus offered the option of pressing the F9 key when the Bios screen appears to help restore the computer to a backup mode, and they also provided a CD to restore the netbook in case the user deleted the F9 method file. Asus now has decided to no longer send any restore CD.
As a result, the user is obligated to keep the F9 function, and if not, will have no alternative in terms of restoring the system to its original settings. But with a price tag of $290 and stylish black, white, pink, or blue color options all with a nice matte finish, Asus’ new line of netbooks are nevertheless truly extraordinary products.
ASUS’ Eee netbooks may have been the first netbooks on the market, but they have maintained their position since this whole netbook thing started. Now their newest models have been revealed, and has a lot changed from the cute little plastic boxes that shocked us with their $200 price-tags back in 2008.
They new models include the 1015P, 1016P, and 1018P. Their old bodies have been chucked in favor of a new, more masculine, brushed metal chassis. They come with styling tiled keyboards and nice wide touchpads, which are always very classy.
The leak source for this info, Blogee, doesn’t have much in terms of real specs. However, it does mention 10” screens, webcams, fingerprint scanners, and the highly awaited for USB 3.0 ports. There are currently no pics of the 1016P.
The most stunning piece of this however is the battery life of these little things. The 1018P is a mere 18 mm thick and will have 10-hour battery life; the 1016P, however, blows its sibling’s figures out of the water with an incredible 14-hour battery life. The accuracy of battery lives aren’t known to be reliable pre-release, but to boast numbers like that means they have to be far above average.
Via Gizmodo, image via Blogee.
A new version of Leeenux, a Linux distribution for netbooks, has come out. Version 2.0, upgraded from 1.3, includes the Firefox 3.7 beta, Thunderbird for email/calendar management, and multiple emulators for SNES and Sega Genesis. Installation takes up only 1.2 GB, and best of all, you can download it for free. If you are wondering about other reasons why you should install Leeenux for your netbook, take a look at this list taken from the Leeenux website:
Honestly, I’m just excited about the SNES emulator!
Get your free version of Leeenux here.
People might have thought Acer, the new rebellious teen on the block and netbook powerhouse, would have come out full throttle into this tsunami of tablet products. Instead, however, they plan to go against the tide, refusing to take part in the tablet war. Acer’s champion of choice will instead be the ultra-thin laptop, a form factor that has never truly realized its full potential.
Acer Taiwan’s President Scott Lin simply retorted to Digitimes that, while there would be no difficulty in developing such a tablet, it simply has no place in the Acer business model. He estimated that 20-30% of their business this year would come from ultra-thin laptops, a surprisingly large statistic for what has remained a niche market for so long. This is indeed a peculiar and unique announcement, given the current climate where the public’s attention is fawning over tablets.
He also mentioned models thinner than 2 cm (0.7 inches) coming out this year. Most likely, some of those fabled Chrome OS netbooks will be tossed into this mix. Whether or not they will be ready to compete with the tablets will be seen in due time.
One reason could be the extremely classy ASUS Super Hybrid Engine, a tool that allows users to, upon the tapping of a hotkey, speed up the processor for performance or slow it down to extend battery life. This, combined with the ultra-efficient Intel Atom N450 CPU, allows users to get up to 14 hours of juice.
Also encouraging such efficiency is the LED-backlit 10.1″ screen, coming in at 1024 x 600 pixels. Other features include 802.11/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Starter, Bluetooth, a Plug-and-Play flash card slot, 0.3 megapixel webcam, 1 GB of RAM with the option to upgrade, and a massive 750 GB of Hybrid Storage (250 GB in the HDD and 500 GB on ASUS’ web servers.
Asustek is delivering a new, styled up netbook called the Eee PC 1008P, Karim Rashid Collection. It’s a 10.1-inch netbook with a faux alligator hide exterior and, interestingly, two exchangeable netbook batteries that run for 6 hours each.
Karim Rashid is the New York designer adding his name to the netbook. This is, according to an ASUS rep, the first time the company has ever outsourced design work. You can get the netbook in hot pink or coffee brown. Scent manufacturer Kenzo Parfums will be releasing new, similarly styled perfumes, so you can smell good while you rock your netbook.
The ASUS Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Collection Netbook will run Windows 7 with an Atom N450, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250 GB HDD, and 500 GB of Eee Storage on ASUS’ servers. This sounds like an excellent deal for a mere $600 bucks, so I’d get on it ASAP if you want in.
Via PCWorld, image via BestNetbookReviewz.
It comes with 1 GB of DDR2 memory, upgradeable to 2 GB. The SATA hard drive is a 250 GB, 5400 RPM monster. The new netbook comes with a 0.3 megapixel webcam and a 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel LCD screen.
Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Windows 7 Starter as an OS. This thing weighs about 2.8 pounds and you can get it on Amazon now.
ASUS has added its UL30 CULV notebook to Amazon, available for pre-order for a hefty $849. Officially designated the ASUS UL30Vt-A1, ASUS’ new machine is a tier above the netbook market in both pricing and power.
The ASUS UL30 features an Intel Core 2 Duo chip at 1.3 GHz, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500 GB HDD, and Nvidia G210M graphics with 512 MB of VRAM. The 13-inch UL30 comes with 64-bit Windows 7 as well.
Shipping dates for the ASUS UL30 are so far unknown.
It is rumored that Asus will release a new gaming laptop early next year, which will allegedly use Intel’s powerful dual-core i5-430M Processor. Another supposed feature of the Asus laptop is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 GPU that can surely handle the most advanced graphics.
The Asus X77 laptop’s features include:
- 1,600 x 900 17.3-inch LED screen
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 GPU with DDR3 Memory
- Two 500GB hard drives
- 4GB of RAM
- eSata Port
- HDMI Port
This new machine is a full-fledged gaming laptop that should run most of the latest games. The Asus X77 will be priced around $1435.