Saturday, October 25, 2008


Asus is perhaps the most recognizable brand name in the netbooks category, and their Eee PCs have been dominating the market mostly because, until this point, there hasn’t been competition. Now that there is though, Asus is determined to retain their leadership position, and is offering Eee PC netbooks that are robust, versatile, and quite affordable.

The available configurations run the gamut from the barebones Eee PC 700 (also known as the 2G surf) all the way to the Eee PC 1000, which straddles the line between netbook and a traditional ultraportable laptop. While most models have a solid-state flash memory hard drive, the 1000HD and 1000H models have included a more traditional hard drive, with capacities of 80 or 160GB. Naturally, this adds a little bit of heft and bulk to the Eee PC, but if the thought of limiting yourself to a 2, 4, 6, or 16GB flash drive is simply beyond conception, the option for more space is available. The Asus Eee PC 900 seems like the most appealing series in the line, offering a moderately sized 8.9″ display, 1GB of RAM, and the choice between a Linux operating system or Windows XP (for roughly $50 more).

The Asus Eee PC 901 is a particular standout, as it comes with Intel’s new Atom mobile processor, giving it a slight advantage over the other Celeron based 900 models. Asus Eee netbooks typically cost between $250 and $500, depending on model.