In a few words: it’s a high quality ultraportable (8.9″ monitor, 1.2-1.3 kg): monitor, keyboard and finish are excellent, and it is priced from 499 $. The problem is that versions reviewed run Windows Vista Business and sported a 7200 rpm hard drive, that seems to be a bad combo: the processor (VIA C7-M ULV) struggles handling Vista and, working frequently at full load, it becomes a hot and relatively noisy ultraportable. It’s likely that versions using Linux (namely SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10) run better, but most users prefer Windows.
Asus’ reaction has been fast: even while launch of Eee PC 2nd generation was expected in June, in order to use Intel’s Atom processors, he launch has been announced for late April, at the cost of using current processors. Low cost ultraportable market happens to be VERY hot…
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