ASUS Eee PC: $199 Cheap Linux Laptop

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

Few advantages

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?

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26 comments… add one
  • Alex Feb 18, 2009 @ 17:33

    Personally I really like the Eee. There are many hacks out there for it so I’m still trying to find the ones that are to my liking. If you are a new laptop buyer I don’t really suggest buying this to have as a main comp cause you have many limitations unless you plan on dissecting it. Other than that I think I got my moneys worth cause its very portable, easy to use and just all around awesome.

  • Luke M Nov 26, 2008 @ 4:06

    I used one of these laptops at school the other day… They are slow, hard to navagate and the mouse curser isnt very sinsitive. You really have to push to make it click. Also, The keys on the keyboard are extremely close to eachother and dont always work.

  • Chris Aug 7, 2008 @ 17:25

    Actually, if you add a USB ethernet adapter you have a slick router. Built in screen and everything, and wireless.

    pfSense Gold

  • Lucia Feb 9, 2008 @ 13:28

    The price for this computer changed several months ago. $299 is still a great price for such a tidy portable PC. Comparably-sized ultra-portables tend to be in the $1000s.

  • LM Feb 8, 2008 @ 19:02

    Someone told me about this laptop today and I began to check out their details. Seems like a great deal!

    However, I’m not seeing any for under $299 but that is still not bad at all!

  • 🐧 nixCraft Jan 22, 2008 @ 14:50

    @josvazg / carlos,

    Yes original price was set to $199 and now they added taxed and other stuff I guess but I’m not sure. Let me see if I can any info from Asus itself regarding price.


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