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Our friends over at bit-tech managed to get hold of one of the first ASUS Eee PC 900 low-cost computers and unboxed it for everyone to see in its full glory.
It is said to be available from May 1st in the UK and brings with it a larger 8.9" screen featuring a 1024 x 600 resolution. It comes with the same Intel Celeron-M ULV 353 CPU (630MHz) and a G945 mobile chipset that features Intel GMA 900 graphics.
According to bit-tech, "It also comes with 1GB DDR2 as standard this time, which is twice that of the original Eee, and between 12 and 20GB of flash storage - 4GB onboard and 8-to-16GB from a separate module. It still weighs less than 1kg but it is fractionally heavier than the previous model. In addition, it features an upgraded 1.3MP webcam, but the same four cell, 2.5 hour battery (although a six cell battery is available) and 802.11b/g WiFi."
Check out the rest of the unboxing shots over here.
Over the weekend a guide has surfaced on the Net from a newish tutorial website called Cyb3rGlitch, which details quite well, how to overclock the first generation of ASUS cheapy and increasing popular Eee PC computers.
The guide suggests which programs to use and which work on various Eee models and eitheer Windows XP or Linux variants of the operating system. After offering a quick CPU overclocking theory lesson, they move onto the fun part, overclocking the Eee! Cutting through all the useful information, Vito Cassisi managed to increase the Intel Celeron M processor clock speed from 900MHz to 1GHz.
It was all done by increasing the Front Side Bus (FSB) from 100MHz up to 110MHz. It may not seem like much in comparison to desktop systems which can spin their wheels at up to and over 600MHz FSB but for such a small little unit, a 10% processor overclock ain't too bad in our books.
If you're an Eee PC owner and want a free little speed boost, head on over to the guide and read more.
We find ourselves back at Register Hardware who managed to take some happy snaps of some Eee PC-like clone small notebook computers that use Intel's upcoming low power consuming Atom processor.
A new and relatively unknown brand called Thinno was showing notebooks fitted with 1.6GHz Atom processors and 512MB of memory with either Linux or Windows XP.
Next up is a mystery system which some are already suggesting is MSI's Wind PC, as the colors may suggest, but we have no confirmation on that at this stage and will try and get some answers soon.
More over at Register Hardware.
A user on Flickr by the name of "mgminthu" has uploaded pictures of what looks like Intel's upcoming low-cost Netbook, or Eco PC, as it is being called by the photo uploader.
While the shots appear as if they were taken at a trade show event in Thailand, we can work out some of the specs of the Eco PC. It is said to use an Intel Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) 900MHz processor and will include between 512MB and 1GB of DDR2 memory depending on the selected model.
There are three models to choose from including the Eco PC 2G, Eco PC 20G and Eco PC 40G. The 2G includes 2GB of flash memory and 512MB DDR2 memory while the 20G seems to include a 20GB solid state drive and the 40G a 40GB solid state drive - both 20G and 40G models include 1GB of DDR2 memory.
Each model is based on a motherboard using a mobile Intel 915GMS Express chipset. There will be 7" and 9" LCD versions with the latter supporting up to 800 x 480 pixel resolution. Each includes a built-in 4-in-1 card reader along with 10/100 Ethernet networking and stereo 2.1 channel speakers.
The low-cost notebook computer market is definitely heating up in front of our eyes!
Acer, the Taiwanese computer maker has launched some new notebooks in the "Gemstone Blue" line.
The top model was designed to give users a high-definition home theater experience. With this in mind, the laptop hosts a screen resolution the same as HDTV, at 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels, and also features six speakers, including a subwoofer, for genuine 5.1 HD surround sound.
The computer will launch in April in the U.S. for $1,999 USD. There will be other models, with lesser specs such as fewer speakers, and a smaller resolution (Still HD), and which will sell for less at around $1,700 USD. In keeping with the HD theme, both laptops will have Blu-ray disc drives.
Acer has boasted that these are the first "six speaker" and "True HD" laptops available on the market. You can see more about them here.
ASUS, the world's most prolific PC manufacturer has been in the spotlight recently over its branded PC's, in this case UMPC's, which have set in motion an entirely new genre of affordable, easy to use laptops.
"Eee" as it became known is now set to sell the next phase of production (5 million units), with two of every three units sold being loaded with a Microsoft Windows operating system. The other one third of those units will contain the Linux operating system that has been sold in earlier units of this small, highly useful mobile laptop.
According to a quote from Reuters; Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih said at a press conference that the Microsoft operating system would be Windows XP and will be priced around $390 to $400 USD.
From the same article, Lillian Lin, Head of Marketing mentioned that sales were strongest in Europe, with Asia Pacific and China coming in second. It seems clear that Asustek has now learned what VIA Technologies have known for a long time; that the low income households and consumers also want to tap into the digital world of electronics and PC's.
The Eee PC is certainly a positive step in that direction. You can read more here.
There has been plenty of talk of MSI's upcoming potential Eee PC killer and finally some details are starting to emerge through the cracks.
During CeBIT, MSI showed off its tentatively named Wind low-cost notebook. It includes a 10" LCD which ups the Eee's best of 9 inches and will use Intel's low power consuming Atom processor from 1GHz to 1.6GHz and each notebook will come with a minimum of 1GB of DDR2 RAM.
It will be fitted with a standard 2.5" notebook hard drive but reports suggest that an SSD option will be available if you are willing to spend the extra money.
It will come with a 6-cell battery which is said to provide 6 - 7 hours of battery life and will come preinstalled with Linux with a Windows operating system a later option.
If the reports we are seeing are correct, it is said to sell from about $450 USD all the way up to the high-end configured model, which will set you back a little over $1,000 USD, and of course takes it right out of the low-cost notebook market.
There has been plenty of exciting news come out of the CeBIT trade show in Germany on the VGA front but one subject which we didn't see getting as much attention as it has is competitors to the almighty ASUS Eee PC.
We have already seen products demoed by Acer, GeCube and anothers and now Taiwanese motherboard maker ECS gets into the game to spice things up even more.
During the trade show, ECS were showing off its G10IL notebook which should end up costing less than $500 USD but doesn't disappointed in the features department.
While ECS could have used some more imagination in the naming department, the potential "Eee killer" sports a stylish white finish and even comes with 3.5G HSDPA support built-in. it also has all the usual goodies such as three USB 2.0 ports, single webcam, Ethernet and a 56Kbps modem. There is no mention of wireless or Bluetooth support but you would think it would be a given considering it packs in a HSDPA data card.
We will hassle ECS once they get back to Taiwan and learn more about it and report back to you.
ASUS has just announced it will begin shipping its Eee PC with Windows XP pre-installed.
This news has been floating around for a while and many users were able to install XP themselves as the Eee PC is capable of running the Microsoft operating system. ASUS didn't mention any pricing details in its press release or if they will still ship the Eee PC with Linux but we assume they will as by pre-installing XP, it will add a price premium.
Groundbreaking ASUS Eee PC Provides Greater Ease to Work, Learn and Play
Taipei, Taiwan, March 5, 2008 - Amidst great expectations, ASUS today launched the ASUS Eee PC pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP. This new offering of the ever-popular Eee PC promises to let users enjoy an efficient online and work management experience with the incorporated Windows Live and Microsoft Works features. This will help create additional opportunities for students and other personal PC users who desire a portable and affordable PC to easily access the Internet virtually anywhere.
Read the full press release here.
GeCube is displaying its small black Genie PC at CeBIT which is clearly built to rival the mighty and hugely successful ASUS Eee PC.
The Genie weights in at just 950 grams (30 grams heavier than the Eee) and measures 230 x 146 x 33mm making it similar in size and weight to the Eee. It will come with a built-in 2200mAh LI-ion battery which offers up to 3.5 hours of battery life. It has built-in USB 2.0 interface with 10/100 Ethernet and appears as if it will be bundled with 802.11b/g wireless and Bluetooth dongle.
No surprises here, it includes Linux on an unspecified X86 CPU which we hope to learn more about soon. The screen is capable of an 800 x 480 resolution and it appears as if it includes no less than two built-in web cameras.
We will visit GeCube when they are back in Taiwan to learn more about this interesting device. We will try and steal one while they are not looking!