Asus dominates the market for super small, super cheap Linux / XP based mini-notebook pc. It is believed that they may have sold over 5 million Eee PCs. Now you can grab this PC for free. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is running spring 2008 promotion and giving out a free Asus EEE PC for every new account opened with them. Similarly you can signup to T-Mobile’s ‘Web n Walk’ max mobile boradband package for £35 per month ona 24 month contract and get a free USB modem and a free Asus EEE PC ultra mobile PC.
It turns out that people just wanted a regular laptop, but much smaller and cheaper. When Asus came out with its mostly solid state, plain vanilla PC running Linux (and now XP), the masses flocked. And now, Acer, Dell, HP and possibly Sony, as well as a smattering of smaller companies, are rushing their own cheap-and-tiny offerings.
=> Here Comes the Asus ‘Freee PC’? (via Slashdot)
The ASUS Eee PC is an upcoming series of ultra-portable laptops designed by Intel and ASUSTeK, aimed at the consumer market. According to ASUS, the name derives from “the three Es”: Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience
ASUS Eee PC, a small, slim, and light portable computer that is priced at $199. It is powered by Linux.
Both the price and the size of the devices are relatively small in comparison to similar devices, such as Ultra-Mobile PCs. The Eee series is viewed partly as a response to the XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child initiative.
The Eee PC is running a version of Intel’s 910 mobile chipset, it uses a 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M CPU, it has 512MB of DDR2 memory, full 802.11g wireless capability, and a flash-based hard drive. There will be at least two different models of the Eee PC, with the $199 version using a 4GB flash hard drive and the $299 version using a 8GB drive.
Cheap Linux Laptop Specs
1. CPU – 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M
2. RAM – 512MB of DDR2 (no upgrade possible)
3. Wirless – 802.11g
4. Hard disk – Flash-based hard drive ($199 for 4GB model, $299 for 8GB model)
5. Weight: .89 kilograms
6. Battery – Approx – 3 hours life
7. Misc – 4 USB 2.0, VGA output, 10/100 Ethernet, 56K phone modem
a) Cost – anyone can afford such system
b) If you use laptop for web browsing, e-mail and a ssh; this is a good system.
b) Almost no noise
Check out this product page for more information. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap latptop?