Eee PC to Get Intel's Diamondville, Hard Drives, and Fashion Forward Style

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chen.jpgAsus’ Eee PC has become a low-cost laptop to reckon with. Everex has snuck up on the low-cost leader with the CloudBook, and other vendors are rumored to be releasing their own low-cost notebooks in the near future. Will Asus be able to maintain its lead in the market and not just be remembered for pioneering mainstream low-cost computing? Asus CEO Jerry Shen seems to think so and in fact has lots of plans up his sleeve for the triple-E machine. In our hour-long interview, Shen shared that the Eee PC will get:
  • A 8.9-inch display and Windows XP: Confirming that the machine shown at CeBIT will come to market in April, the new Eee PC will have a 8.9-inch screen and a higher 1024 x 600-pixel resolution An 8GB SSD will be available running Windows XP. A 12GB or 20GB SSD model will be available with Xandros.
  • Hard Drives: Asus is considering giving customers a choice between their current offering of solid state drives and regular hard drives in the future.
  • Intel’s Diamondville: Shen revealed that the low-cost notebook platform will adopt Intel’s Diamondville processor in Q2 rather than VIA’s mobile computing platform.
  • More Colors and Stylish Looks: In May or June, Asus will release “very stylish” versions of the Eee PC. Shen says they will have a New York City sleekness.
Shen thinks the days of the Eee PC are just taking off (and his response to the first question in the interview below affirms that) and that the competitors will try to knock them off their course but won’t succeed. Not his words exactly, but read the full interview to find out more. Asus sold more than 350,000 Eee PCs in the fourth quarter. Have you been surprised by its success and can you share how well it’s doing now? It definitely exceeded our expectations. Originally I hoped it would be around 200,000, so we definitely went above that. In the past few months we have increased sales by 30 to 40 percent; I think shipments will soon total around 700,000. The demand is so strong, especially in Japan and Europe. But there is now a huge shortage of batteries. I just returned from CeBIT and all the customers were requesting more and more. The supply issue is now becoming a serious issue. Do you think it will delay production and bringing the product to market? The battery, unfortunately, will remain an issue, but I think we can solve the battery issue by May. In Europe if we can supply the batteries, the sales of the machines will go up to 300,000 or 400,000 per month. What do you think Asus got right with the first model and what could you have done better? Actually when we sold the first model a lot of users started suggesting an adjustment of the screen size. The current screen size of 7 inches is too small and the resolution of 800 x 480 is too small. We have taken suggestions from the users. But actually 70 percent of the users in Taiwan are satisfied with the machine. But we have to decided to make the changes and provide a bigger machine with bigger screen sizes and more storage. We are actually able to keep the machine the same size, but move the speakers from the side to the bottom of the machine to extend the screen size. Beyond the screen, how will the new machines be different? The screen size will be 8.9 inches. And the storage, which was originally 4GB, will be upgraded to versions with an 8GB solid state drive and a 12 to 20GB solid state drives. We aren’t sure yet if the second machine will be 12 or 20GB because of guidelines we have to follow. The 8GB machine will run Windows XP and the 12 or the 20GB will be Linux based. The Windows XP machine will have 1GB of RAM. The screen resolution on each of these will be 1024 x 600. All these models will have solid state drives, not hard drives? We are looking at an option to provide hard drives. In June and April we will only support solid state drives. Hard drives will be options at a later date. Any information on the pricing on the new 8.9-inch model? In the beginning and in April, around the release date, it will initially be higher and be around $499 in the United States. From the user feedback, I think if we provide a bigger screen and bigger storage it may be more popular than the 7-inch version. The second generation is very important for us. Do you think that by increasing the size of the notebook and making it a bit more expensive it will be difficult to be in a market against notebooks that are more powerful but that have a similar price? I think this is the initial price. I believe in June the market will decide the price and it can drop down. I also think its small size will really attract people. It will continue to be a solid second PC choice or the PC that is good for kids. Will you be sticking with the Xandros operating system for future Eee PCs that aren’t running Windows? I think most of the people are demanding a form of Windows, but others appreciate the Linux. We will stick with both and we will continue to work with Xandros for the Linux operating system. Will you be adding mobile broadband to future Eee PCs? You recently announced that Mobile WiMAX versions of the Eee PC would be coming later this year. Do you feel like that is still on track given problems Sprint is having getting necessary funding to launch its network? I think the Eee PC is all about mobility, and the Internet experience when you are outside is so important on the device. WiMAX and HSDPA built-in will be a goal for us. I think these kinds of features will be out in Q3 2008. We have the module for HSDPA and a lot of carriers and telecoms could take advantage of this. We will put the module in the machines when our partnerships with Telecoms are in place. For WiMAX we are waiting for the maturity of this connection. We will put the WiMAX in when it’s ready but will be aiming to have both by Q3. Will you incorporate Intel’s Diamondville processor (now Atom) or consider VIA’s Isaiah’s processor? Which do you think will be integrated? From my view point, Diamondville is the better choice, because it uses the 45-namometer processor. And pricewise it is very competitive. In my planning I will continue to use Intel’s Diamondville. And for the VIA one I think from the power point of view, Diamondville is still better. In May, these machines will be hitting the market. Do you plan to stick with the color options you have now on future Eee PCs or go with a different set of colors? Actually that is a big focus. In my planning, in May and June we will release very stylish colors and I think more than five color options. I think the colors will really reflect the New York City and London city style. It’s a very flashy look and one will look more oriental and one more Western. There will be a very new color design introduced in June, but I can’t disclose more at this time. But you will be very surprised. What accessories will become available for the Eee PC and what is the timetable for their release? In May we will try to provide storage for the Eee PC. If you buy the Eee PC, you will have additional Web storage; we are thinking 10GB storage. Web storage is very different from local storage and we want to start to experiment with that. Another accessory that we are trying to implement is handwriting tools, like a tablet but it would be an accessory. I think also Skype phones and VoIP phones. You will start to see more TV tuners as well. One of the most innovative features of the Eee PC is the that it doesn’t use a power brick. How did you manage to avoid using a power brick, and will future Eee PCs continue to be brickless? Yes, our new adapter is even smaller and the charge time will be very short. We are trying to provide this new adapter in the beginning of April. It will be available with the 7- and 8.9-inch models. The charging time will be much shorter. In the near future, we also are trying to support one-day computing which would provide more than 8 hours. I think in May we might be closer to providing that. Everex has come out with the CloudBook and there are rumors that HP and Acer will be launching their own low-cost laptop soon. Are you nervous about this competition, and how do you intend to keep Asus at the top of this fast-growing market? We expected company from HP and Acer. In the beginning of April we will be releasing the 8.9-inch and then May and June we will provide another feature for each one. I am proud of my team and the speed in which they can bring things to market. One of our big advantages is that we have people that can do things very quickly. I think if you look at our speed and our features we have a lot of strength there. HP and Acer are very good at providing strong feature sets and both companies have their strengths, but we will be able to play in the race. We have a lot of innovation and we implement those innovations. Innovation in the style and the electronics will let us keep up with our competitors. Are you concerned that this so-called race to the bottom in terms of pricing will cannibalize the sales of your other notebooks? How is the Eee PC transforming the notebook business? I think if we continue to use the smaller sizes with the smaller screens we will be okay. What I have heard from the market competitors is that they would like to increase the size of the screen in low-cost notebooks. I think that will hurt us and them. From Asus’ point of view for the Eee PC, we will keep the smaller size. I plan to keep it at 8.9 or even at 10 inches. I think we are handling it very carefully. I think companies who don’t do this will actually hurt themselves.
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  • sweet Says:

    I really wish they’d consider added a pcmcia slot

  • joan Says:

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  • alexmax.... Says:

    it there's any way to upgrade the 2G Surf to higher hard drive.........

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  • Says:

    my sd card slot not working

  • batterycharger Says:

    Excellent interview, that’s defiantly made my mind up about waiting at least till May to fork out for an EEE, Just hope they keep the price low in theHK!

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  • laptop battery Says:

    The Eee PC designs have never used VIA processors - only Intel processors.let us have a look

  • Cheeky Says:

    will Says typed onApril 4th, 2008 at 5:52 pm
    "Okay… the person who asked about tiger being on these the answer is no. Steve Jobs is mean and he only allows os x to run on mac computers. It has to be mac hardware to run the os."

    Actually. No. It doesn't have to be Mac hardware to run the OS. and quite a few other youtube videos showing OS X on EEE PCs.

    Heck - you can even run an old, old version of a Mac OS through an emulator on a Nokia N800 internet tablet (read: ).

    If I could run OS X on the new EEE PC (obviously post-purchase) for another $100 or so, I'd be over the moon. There are just some things I can't do in Linux and I really, *really* don't like Windows.

  • R w Says:

    currently is there a way to run cellular broadband such as at&t Sprint or verizon on this thing without using a phone

  • Aamir Says:

    I'm sooo delighted by the new 8.9" screen :D as well as the expected $500 US price tag!

    I guess internal USB ports (for bluetooth dongles and such) would greatly enhance the usability, with minimal affect on the price. Also, introduction of the Atom would improve productivity.

    As for the screen, I believe ALL models should come with a 9" screen, with the same specs, to keep the base models highly affordable, yet more convenient to use.

    Apart from that, I would HATE to see a hard drive on this!!! It'd take wayy too much power, take much too long to boot, and lead to low response times, since you would expect a really small, speed compromised HD on this device. Also, Hard drives on laptops/ultraportables are highly susceptible to damage, are more noisy, and plainly **less efficient***!

    Instead, it's soo much easier to have cf cards or USB drives.
    SAY NO to Hard Drives!!! :P

    As for an optional external optical drive, I wonder why people want ASUS to come with one - an external optical drive is just a plug and play accessory which you could easily buy off ebay or new egg.

    A touch screen(with swivel) version would add a whole new dimension and could greatly threaten the the sony vaio UX series! (which sells for about $2,300, and only features a core 2 duo @1.2ghz, and a 64 GB SSD.) and maybe even the MacBook Air.

    I always wanted an ultra-portable with a webcam and wifi, but the sony UX and MacBook Air are far too expensive..... The EEE PC, on the other hand gives the best bang for the buck!.... wayy to go Asus.

    I bet there are millions out there who want ultra portable connectivity with basic computing tasks. If Asus keeps tweaking up the EEE's, maintaining/dropping prices, and refrain from corporate blunders, it seems they could entirely own this high demand segment of the market.

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  • joemorton2 Says:

    Sorry looks joebish is right. Looks like MS will now keep XP arond for small laptops. I guess they are becoming afraid about Linux. I still wouldn't trust them to keep their word about how long XP will be available and supported on the EEE.

  • joemorton2 Says:

    Remember that XP will be dead later this year. Once it's dead they will not sell it to OEMs. Do you think EEE will run vista ? Sure it will but not well unless they add at least 2gigs of memory. Microsoft killing XP will guarantee that Linux will be the OS of choice for EEE

  • joebish Says:

    hooray for XP till 2010!! if we're lucky, microsoft will have released something other than this Vista crap by then.

  • kaddy Says:

    they should really preinstall ubuntu or linux mint. Xandros is crap, and they are only there to make money. Users will get alot more free software to install with a 'buntu' distro, whereas on xandros, theres not much free software available, and they expect you to pay for a the distro to get any priveledges. f... them.

  • überRegenbogen Says:

    I definitely want a touch screen. Swivelling into a tablet config would be nice, but not high on my list (especially as it makes a machine more fragile).

    I'm surprised that it took so long for someone to make a little bitty x86 machine again, considering how well old Toshiba Libretto 110CTs have been selling, inspite of being sub-300MHz machines. I've been wishing someone would.

    But i'm holding out for a touch screen—partly because one of the things that i want to use it for is a map computer in the car, and i hate having to pull over to muck with the pointer.

    As for XP dying in '08: no. It's reaching the end of it's 5-year primary support lifespan. There will still be critical updates for another 5 years—just as there are still updates for Win2k (which happens to be what i'm running on my main Windows boxen, and the last Windows that i will run, as i want nothing to do with WGA, and the pain that it has caused so many with its numerous failure modes). Hopefully that will be enough time for MS to pull their heads out of their backsides, and come up with a current product that is suitable for for a relatively frugal mobile platform. (No, the WinCE family do not count, as there is a severe shortage of apps that are worth half a crap.) Vista is totally not cut out to run on this trim of a platform.

    And, of course, there is the Linux option. ;)

  • seu Says:

    You can't blame people for wanting XP back. Theres still a lot of issues to be worked out with Vista and it hogs a lot more resources too.

  • alooper21 Says:

    @Mike Liveright: windows xp costs money, and the 12/20 gb versions are expensive anyway because of that, so ASUS considers linux on these models to keep the price low.
    any other fancy feature adds more to price. the touchscreen feature is a must, and it is allready adding, but swivel screen would add even more. i say that because someone asked for it.
    for me the basics are, besides the first generation: bluetooth, touchscreen, bigger resolution (i wanted at least 1024 wide, even if the screen remained at 7", but 9" is even better), and a better processor, wich is atom. extra ports inside is also nice, but 'm not confident about that. asis must keep a ballance, or the other laptops might be ruined if eee pc gives too much. and that is all the philosophy behind not giving it all that's actually possible.

    i don't have an ee, but i'll buy miself one for sure when the atom model comes out. i look for 12 gb, but if the 20 gb model is not much more expensive i'll go for that. and the 9" touchscreen is like a dream-feature for me and is enough for screen-tunning (but i must admit i'd also like it to swivel).

  • Butterworth SP Says:

    Well I Have ordered a 4GB machine from Clove in UK, after sitting on the fence. I ordered with 1GB RAM. There is actually a company selling it preloaded with Ubuntu!

    I hope Asus do not put hard drives in. 64GB SSD when the prices come down! Would be nice. I love the idea of a base full of extra USB ports an extra SD or CF port.

    What I do not understand is having XP on this machine!!! XP will be gone in June 2008, so where will the support and virus protection etc come from after June? I think XP on this machine is a big mistake.

  • doo-fus Says:

    Here's my wallet! GIVE ME NOW!!!

  • eee-900 Says:

    Fitting a bigger, higher res screen in essentially the same small shell will be the clincher with this. Great move by Asus. Bluetooth for gps and phone synching should also be a must.

    Only downside is the shorter run time from the battery.

    Fantastic article.

  • what are you people saying Says:

    OMG people. What I want to see with the next version of the eee is a ssd, 1.8 hd and a 2.5 inch hard disks. So that I can have all the storage space I need, then I want to see all of the wireless stuff in i.e wifi, wimax, gsm, 3g, 4g, 5g, 6g and sattelite broadband. Then I want a quad core processor. 4000 gig ram. touchscreen, smellscreen and lickscreen. Firewire, 9 usbs, dvi, 7.1 surround sound, dvd rw+_*. And it has to boot atleast 10 operating systems all at the same time, and the boot time sould be less than 0.000003 milliseconds. The ability to play pswii60 games. I want all of this crammed inside the case which sould not be bigger than an sd card. the screen size should then be the size of a micro sd card. And im only going to buy this if the price at release is less than the current version, and if it can run my life for me without any input on my part.

    Common people why cant you be happy with what you have got. Think about it this way, I bet you all own atleast 2 computers and then you all probably have access to atleast 5. Now you want to add to your sad consumerized lifes.(im sure thats not the right word). Anyway im sure a machine with the above specs will be available in the next 10-20 years, and we will all be reading ths at that time with a smile.

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  • EeePCbattery Says:

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  • will Says:

    Oh, and also...
    Touchscreen should be an option on all of the models. Try to put all of the 7" models prices down $50. Boyyy that would be awesome.

  • will Says:

    Okay... the person who asked about tiger being on these the answer is no. Steve Jobs is mean and he only allows os x to run on mac computers. It has to be mac hardware to run the os.

    Btw, I like the idea of using the atom processors. 4 thumbs up (including toes)! I think the new designs is a great idea. The 9" screens are just what we need. I like the idea of regular hard drives but really...
    ssd are so much better. Just keep making the ssd's bigger. Id say 1gb of RAM is just right memory wise. We need a cf slot. D: cf=HEAVEN. Haha, anyways. You guys should probably add ubuntu as an optional os. PLEASE DO!!!

    Personally I would buy the 12g ssd xandros model 9" and get one of the cool new colors. :D

  • Bill Dempsey Says:

    Bah, after reading all the posts I see internal usb ports is actually a common request. I feel silly for thinking I had a new idea. I guess I should read the posts first next time. At least a lot of us are thinking alike. I'm hoping ASUS will take note. (I'll stop posting after this one, I swear. ;)

    One last issue about the USB dongle port implementation I thought I should mention, although I'm sure your designers and engineers would think of this, they should be "OFF" when the computer is off. They should probably also be off (or sleeping?) when the computer is sleeping. Otherwise, they will drain the battery on the machine by just being plugged in. It would also be nice to have a utility which allowed you to power off specific dongles on command, although I'm sure this would be trickier to implement. (If anyone can do it, ASUS can!) This would allow you to switch everything off to extend battery life when needed or switch off devices you don't need at the moment. I suppose a row of switches with lights plus a master switch would work, but doing it in software from the desktop would be so much cooler. Can you imagine traveling between countries (or even cities) with differing dominant mobile broadband services and simply clicking a button on screen to access whichever dongle you need without carrying anything extra around? Self-contained nirvana!

    Also, I'm glad you are switching to Atom. I'm looking forward to the extra battery life. I also think if you don't already use LED backlighting on the screen, you should consider it. It would also extend battery life. But still do your best to keep the price as low as possible. LOL I'm not asking much, I know.

    Thanks for listening, ASUS!

  • Bill Dempsey Says:

    Scratch the giving me credit on the internal USB dongle comment. I was reading all of the posts after I did my reply and just saw another poster (Joshua) mentioned the same idea but went into less detail about how it should work. LOL I missed that one. I guess great minds think alike!

    I really do think it's a great idea. You could use internal dongle ports for wireless keyboards, mice, 3G, GPS, storage, or a multitude of other add-on gadgets. I would love to see 4 or 5 ports lined up side-by-side under a plastic panel on the bottom.

  • Bill Dempsey Says:

    To Asus,

    Congratulations to your forward thinking CEO and design team! I've always loved your products for their innovation and stability.

    My HUGE idea for your 3E machine is this:

    Include several extra USB ports that are mounted horizontally inside the unit behind a sliding plastic panel so that we could permanently add one or more thumb drives for extra storage (or a 3G or Bluetooth dongle). This would also allow us to easily upgrade the storage when bigger thumb drives arrive. The key here is that they would be hidden and wouldn't stick out of the machine. They would FEEL like simple plug-in upgrades. To me, this would solve a lot of the upgradabilty issues people are having. You would open a plastic panel on the bottom of the machine, lay the drive in an empty space, and slide it into a connector. Then, close the panel and forget about it, leaving nothing exposed to break off or bend. Plus, it is still easy to throw the machine in your luggage with nothing but a power cord.

    It would also be nice to have power cords available for use on planes (and in cars). (Maybe these exist?) Longer battery life, too. (of course)

    Your machine is amazing! A lot of us have been waiting forever for a tiny, CHEAP, highly functional, Windows-compatible machine that is small enough to toss into a carry-on (or backpack) without needing a separate case for the machine and accessories. We want it for email, Internet access, accessing our work network, editing MS documents, doing Powerpoint presentations, and for entertainment when sitting on long flights or in hotel rooms. You mentioned Asus expected to sell a lot fewer units initially because they were thinking about schools, children, and second computers for hobbyists. I think Asus sold far more units because the 3E addresses a long-empty desire of road-warriors and globe-trotters, too.

    In many companies, expenditures above $400 or $500 have to go through a long approval process often making it not worth the trouble. Keeping the price low, and the size/weight very small makes this a bargain machine frequent travelers (and poor college students with crowded backpacks) will buy by the hundreds of thousands.

    Installing XP creates zero learning curve for the hundreds of millions who already use XP daily. It also allows for the computers to dial into corporate networks using well-established methods and software which IT departments can virtually set up in their sleep. Using SSD saves battery life and makes the machine feel 10x faster than the CPU speed alone warrants, so it behaves more like a full-size machine. The battery life could be better, but it isn't horrible now. The keyboard is a little cramped but usable with practice. All of these elements combine to make it a nearly perfect travel companion. Nice job Asus!

    But please keep in mind, the two most important features that make this machine such a home run are the low cost, and tiny size for the level of functionality. Please don't do anything to ruin that magic ratio. If adding any future whiz-bang features are going to drastically increase the price or the size, you should leave them out (but tell us why). Temper our wish-list dreaming by keeping in mind why the 3E has been so successful. Price and size.

    Most of us applaud the move to 8.9" because it was done without increasing the size of the unit and will make the machine even more usable. We like the bigger internal storage space for the same reason. But the price increase might be bad. I realize the bigger screen and additional memory costs you more, but perhaps you should shrink the margin a little to maintain higher volume.

    I think $399 (US) is a magic price for a companion computer. For example, I'm so hooked I want to get one to use as a "carry-around" computer at home and when I mentioned $399, my wife barely blinked. Once I saw the 3E 900 is going to be $499 and told my wife, she immediately said, "That's 500 bucks! Can't you get a second 'real' laptop for that?" I must admit, I felt the same when I first heard that price, so there must be some psychological barrier when you go above $399 that starts making it feel like a major purchase instead of a small purchase. I didn't upgrade to a high definition video player until they dropped below $300 for the same reason. The price on the iPhone felt too high until it hit $399. The "feel" of the price is very important if you want to sell a lot of something.

    If you can find a way to make extra features available as user-installable upgrades that can be added later, you will also do much better. It makes it easier to spread out the cost and also to customize the machine for each individual. My idea about the internal USB dongle ports is centered around that concept.

    I hope Asus is listening. (Just give me credit for my internal USB drive idea if you use it. LOL)

    Thanks for a great machine! I look forward to buying a 3E 900 for myself (once I talk my wife into it).
    -Bill Dempsey

  • ww Says:

    AFAIK it is already LED backlit.

  • George L. Says:

    I like to see LED backlight with smaller pixels offering higher resolutions, trackpoint mouse, with a keyboard tactile feedback like the high quality keyboards from Lenovo in this small package if possible. An eight hour plus battery life would be highly desirable. It's quite an amazing product to see come to the market. The public is primed for a product with these features in a small package and lower price. I would guess that Windows XP not being offered in the larger 12 and 20 GB models may be rules regarding where XP may not be offered, encroaching into the mainstream notebook with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor market with the higher profit margins. I'm looking forward to buying one when WiMax is included and using this for my travels is just ideal, small, light, relatively inexpensive. A truly affordable ultra mobile, the people's PC, just as what Volkswagon brought the people's car in WWII. Thank you Jerry Shen for your views into the EEE PC and for bringing this product to the market. And thank you Joanna Stern for this in-depth product interview.

  • EPC Battery Says:

    There are four eee PCs you can choose from. The xG refers to the size of the SSD size. The new top model is the Asus eee PC 8G featuring 8GB of SSD storage and 1GB of RAM.
    The eee PC 8G and the eee PC 4G have also a better battery (3.5h) than the eee PC 4G and 2G Surf (2.8h). See the table below for the specifications of the Asus eee PC line-up.

    All new eee PCs are compatible with Linux and Windows XP. I suppose it is up to the retailer to offer pre-installed OS versions.

    The Asus eee PC 8G definitly looks good. Now it is just a question of the price. I hope Asus is not screwing up their opportunity to land a major hit with the Asus eee PC.

    See also our original Asus eee PC report. The Asus eee PC is supposed to ship at the end of this month. Pricing is still unclear, especially now that we have four models to choose from. In our latest eee PC story from last week Asus named Newegg and Best Buy as retailers for the eee PC.

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  • Mister Says:

    # Kyashan Says:

    And the european price should be THE SAME of the american one…I hate when I have to pay 300 euros for something that it’s sold at 300 dollars…One Euro values 1,5 dollars,I should pay it 200 euro!

    There is something called Economics. You cannot expect everything to be priced the same. Different markets incur different prices. Would you expect cars to be priced the same in Europe and US? It clearly isn't and will never be. If you really want to save, ask a friend to get it for you in the US.

  • whatever Says:

    RE derwert

    "I really wish they’d consider added a pcmcia slot"

    PCMCIA slots are long gone...


    Asus should keep using SSD drives. Using ordinary IDE drives will curb performance too much especially with low end procs.
    Also ditch the VGA output and add HDMI or DVI.

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  • tommy Says:

    Please consider the small size of the keypad, Keys could be changed around somewhat to give standard size or at least 90 % size. Perhaps even having an extra row of keys, as there is lots of room for this below the existing keypad. This device will not all be used by children or persons of smaller asian stature. Some of us are blessed with hands of thumbs.

  • citykid Says:

    I wish they had drivers for our wireless broadband I have att/cingular. Here in NY we have t mobile verizon and sprint.
    I am putting in xp just because I dont have the time to learn to install it in linux

  • derwert Says:

    I really wish they'd consider added a pcmcia slot

  • Miguel Says:

    Asus , please keep the philosophy behind the EEE 4G, small and simple. I do wish however, a bigger screen on the original EEE 4G PC and longer battery life, nothing else. This machine has been my best buy in the last years....! it replaced my stupid Tungsten Palm.... and obtaining far more power... listening to internet radio while replying mails..... what a joy... and all this weighing less than 1 kgr.
    Script or wizard to change from the basic to advanced desktop, should be standard.

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    Battery Power : 33WHr

  • d Says:

    Here’s a suggestion. Keep the configs the same and make everything modular, scalable and swappable like LinuxOs itself. Don't like your resident OS? Swap out a windows XP hard drive module for Linux (like a regular PC hard drive), a smaller memory module for a larger one - The OSs already support this and there are downloadable BIOS updates. There are already USB GPS, Wireless, Flash drives and other standard device interfaces; isn't that what the original USB and SD dream was about too. The motherboard of the 3E also has the PCIe interface or at least the solder points. The 8Gig model’s hard drive is removable; why not standardize all models to that. BTW the Palm Lifedrive started out with a 4Gig memory drive. When sales where declining, Palm gave users the option of manually removing the slotted 4Gig flash drive and replacing it with a Hitachi 4Gig MicroDrive the size of a matchbook. The PLD was a great innovative device for its time and it died much too soon. I think the only problem with ASUS is CDDS- Corporate Attention Deficit Syndrome. Stick to one plan and concentrate, concentrate,

  • d Says:

    My philosophy is that a good product will stand on its own history and a good vendor will rise on his customer's trust. If it means highlighting the limitations of your product so that the consumer can decide, OK. Ultimately, YOU, the consumer, must be an informed and aggressive buyer. I've looked at the 3E systems and there are a FEW things I would like to see changed but I know some of those changes would involve an increase in price or a change in character of the machine. I believe, ultimately, this concept whether forwarded by ASUS or some competitor will be the future of PCs of this category. I feel generally this device does perform well and then some for what it was intended (1.) a beginners or child’s computer, (2.) an internet device (3). A device for quick “down and dirty” document capture, note taking or media rendering, i.e. sort of a PDA on steroids, or (4.) as a hardware hacker; to play with the software and hardware internals to make it what I want it to be. I have tried hard to find a solid reason for not buying this PC and have found only one: a price that never seems to follow market trends of a decreasing price over the life cycle of a product.
    To be sure to make a product better ( the vendor sells us what we want for what we want), we must be constructive, educate each other and ourselves, and vote with our wallets. But above all we must remember why we fell in love with the product in the first place.
    the best move is to improve on the product's exsisting attributes. Continually adding more this
    and bigger that and you'll eventually have that full sized laptop that you've
    tried to find an alternative to. BTW , anyboby remember the PALM Lifedrive?

  • Don Says:

    I would be very keen to see:

    - 8.9 and 10 inch screen editions
    - Mobile broadband / HSDPA, quad band
    - Hard drive (20Gb+ for multi OS boot)
    - Decent spec. processor
    - Touch screen with pen support (good for e-books and mini-games)
    - Tablet style twist-over screen lid (great for reading on the train)
    - Bluetooth (to connect mobile phones etc.)
    - The 1Kg weight to be maintained for portability
    - Extended batter life

    Will the Asus EEE PC 900 support Mac OS X Tiger? As a developer I would very much like to know it could triple boot Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

  • Marvin_Martian Says:

    Everyone keeps saying they should add this or that, forgetting that everything you add makes the price creep up. A larger screen is a good thing, but the rest should be options. If two internal USB ports were added, they could sell things like bluetooth modules guaranteed to work with the Eee. They could also sell flash drives and touch screens.

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