03. 14. 2008
ASUS Eee ultra-portable notebook will do Windows
The ASUS Eee ultra-portable notebook computers have been popular, not least for the price - in some cases a stunningly low $299 (in blush pink!) Other manufacturers are rushing to bring out competitors, so ASUS is moving its lean machine with the 7-inch screen into the mainstream.
The first models have run Linux and claim to be Windows-compatible, whatever that means. But the company has now formally announced a version with pre-installed Windows XP. It will also come with Microsoft Works and access to Windows Live, an online suite offering mail, messaging, a photo gallery, and kid-protection features.
Reviewers have been enthusiastic about previous versions of the Eee, although they concede its imperfections. The keyboard is cramped, with some keys very tiny. RAM is only 512 MB, also cramped these days when we all want to run several programs at once.
But the price, oh the price. Frugality has made the Eee an attractive entry-level not-quite-toy. And at 2 pounds, it's even a reasonable choice for traveling on business despite the Linux OS. When the Eee does Windows, expect its popularity to soar.
Ah, yes. When? ASUS announced the XP Eee officially a week ago. But I have yet to find it actually for sale, so I can't tell you how much XP will add to the price. The Daily Tech blog guesstimates maybe 60 bucks. We'll see. Meantime, if you're seriously considering the XP Eee, you might take a look at the comments on that blog. A few cautions there, and probably also some BS.