The Asus Eee PC 701 laptop is a consumer version of the Intel Classmate PC. It is apparently due to go on sale in mid-August for $199. Here is a review of the Asus Eee PC with photos of the machine as well as the Linux software and OS (Xandros) running on it. The version due out soon has a 7 inch screen, with a 10 inch screen version due out in early 2008 for $299. The specs are impressive for such a low price. Other comparable machines are $599 or more: Palm Folio ($599), Apple iPhone ($599 + 2 year cellular contract), VIA Nanobook ($599), or aren’t going to be available for purchase by individuals as soon ($170 OLPC XO laptop).
- weighs just 2 lbs
- comes with Xandros Linux pre-installed, but will also run Mandriva Linux, Ubuntu, or Windows XP
- Intel 900MHz Pentium M CPU
- 512 MB RAM
- 802.11g wireless capability, may or may not have a 3G option, too
- 4GB flash drive, with higher sizes also available
- built-in camera
- 4 USB 2 ports
- audio and microphone jacks
- ethernet port
- modem port
- VGA out port
- flash card reader slot (MMC, SD, MS/PRO)
- 4 cell battery with 3 hours of life
- Linux software pre-installed, such as OpenOffice, games, Skype. Apparently the only “educational” software included is a typing tutor and Tuxpaint, however.
There is no CD or DVD drive, however. The original Classmate PC on which the Asus Eee is based is more ruggedized, and only has a 1 GB flash drive, apparently.