$199 Laptop Due Out Soon: Asus Eee PC 701

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).
Specs:

  • 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.





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2 comments on “$199 Laptop Due Out Soon: Asus Eee PC 701
  1. D Holton says:

    Update: They have pushed back the release date to mid September now instead of mid August, according to this rumor site: http://www.eeeuser.com/

  2. Terry says:

    I talked with http://www.citrusmicro.com Still same time frame mid to end of September. Still only 3 different models coming to the USA as well. They have the specs for all three different models.

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