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Thread: eee-pc... 2nd GEN ANOUNCED !!!!

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    Exclamation eee-pc... 2nd GEN ANOUNCED !!!!

    I have just had a mail-shot about the launch of this new device.
    It's co-developed between RM & Asus.

    It's a "mini laptop" type device, natively running Linux, with fairly good spec and a fairly small price too.

    Looks to me to be a really interesting alternative to the Zaurus, whilst adding "truer" laptop ability.
    (It looks very similar to a Zaurus too, imho, although larger, of course)

    I like the "natively Linux" part - that's the really interesting thing - drivers, etc.

    This is a tiny thing with 7" screen. It's only 9" x 6 1/2" approx!
    It's Intel Celeron ULV 900mhz, so should have excellent battery life, has up to 512mb mem and 4gb solid state hdd too, which is interesting!
    Integrated modem, lan & 802.11g too. There's also an optional 3g module, apparently.
    Has 3x usb, sd card reader and vga out.
    These things are only 169gbp (256mb/2gb) and 199gbp (512mb/4gb) if you can get hold of one.

    I think I'll be trying to get hold of one of these to take the concept of a pocket BackTrack to the levels of real usability!
    (Although a slightly larger form factor than pocket pc type devices of course - but an ultimate trade-off between size and real usability)
    At first glance this would appear to be a real chance at the concept...

    Anyway, just thought I'd post the link in case anyone else is interested too

    http://www.rm.com/HE/Products/produc...cref=PD1024415

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    Excellent find.

    Reminiscent of a Psion but with USB and VGA output.

    Doubtless a good opportunity for RM to maintain their HE market share.

    I will search the US to see if I can obtain one here yet.

    Many thanks

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    Surprising find on wikipedia ... font of all semi-knowledge!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asus_eeepc_701

    Pre-orders in USA - $260 to $400
    http://www.allasus.com/CATALOG/index...c098672216f008
    Lux sit

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    (Didn't see that they were also in black from my original link, either!)

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    Default The Times

    Like The Times. Black and white!

    Quite nice to see output from a vga port to enable presentations or a larger monitor!

    Me sees a cool advantage with the exchange rate if I can pick one up for 400USD plus about 10% tax.

    Gosh even thorin might be beating a path down here!
    Lux sit

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    I have a sony ux280p umpc (actually typing on it now on my commute home) that has a 4.5" lcd, 1.2ghz intel core solo chip, 1gb ram 40gb hd AND a usb port. The first thing I did when I got it was load BT on it, but have since been running ubuntu. All in all it demonstrates the portability of a full Nix install that can fit in your pocket... the only drawback is the tremendous heat it generates so running it while its in your pocket isn't advisable!!!

    I would be on the lookout though in the not so distant future for smaller, cooler (temperature-wise as well as aesthetically) native Nix devices that are capable of running true open source OS's with a lower price tag.
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    That's half the beauty of this Asus thing - the low price!

    I have had many small machines over the years, Toshiba Libretto's, a Sony "something" (CX-xxx something I think - I remember buying this "double-barrel" sorta battery for it once - it's buried around here somewhere) but have always paid one hell of a premium for the size!

    Again, the Zaurus' are nice, but usually the move into tiny devices also makes the move to embedded systems too, which is why this Asus seems to me to be finally bridging the gap....

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    I'm a compulsive post editor, you might wanna wait until my post has been online for 5-10 mins before quoting it as it will likely change.

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    So... Who feels like being the guinea pig?
    There's no fate but what we make for ourselves.

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    engadget.com/2007/10/25/asus-eee-pc-701-gets-reviewed-adored/
    no sony x505 on 2nd hand market

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    Ordered one, delivery friday apparently.....the 4GB one with 512, see how it goes...

    Be interesting to see its capabilities.....

    Will report back...

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