Hands up who wants a 1-inch thick laptop with an edge-to-edge 10-inch screen from Asus? Keep your hands up if you mind that it’s just a touch over 1kg. And keep them up still if you’ve a problem with paying 600 Euros for it. What about if I tell you the battery is non-replaceable? Yeah, I’m not seeing quite so many takers now.
Still, the Asus Eee PC 1008HA is pretty little
Anything Asus can do, we an do better. That’s the new company motto at MSI who has just announced a new sub-desktop computer, the Wind PC, at Computex…
With the Asus Eee PC shredding up laptop charts (yes, apparently there are laptop charts now) and shooting to near overnight success thanks to its light weight and low price tag, other laptop manufacturers are practically falling over themselves to join in.
So it’s not really a huge surprise that HP, one of the largest PC manufacturers in the world, would want a piece of that market. This is the Mini-note – it weighs in at just 1.18kg, has an 8.9″, 1280 x 768 screen, runs on a VIA processor and offers either a 64GB solid state drive running SUSE Linux or Windows XP / Vista on a 160GB HDD. It is set to cost $500 for the Linux model or $600 for the Windows one…
We’re all big fans of those little Asus Eee PCs here at Tech Digest, but that doesn’t mean that our allegiance could’nt change as soon as something smaller, cheaper or with a bigger screen comes along. Few companies have stepped up to challenge the Eee PC’s neatly carved niche so far, but that’s now beginning to change
These are the first glimpses of the MSI Wind – it boasts a 10″ display, an Intel Shelton 08 processor that varies from 1.0 – 1.6GHz. 1GB RAM and 2.5″ HDD or SSD. Prices are apparently going to start from 299 Euros and head upwards to 699 Euros, which should see it compare well to Asus’ recently unveiled 399 Euros, 8.9″ model. The Wind might also have an edge in terms of its battery life, which is a reported 7 hours although it seems unlikely that this is set in stone at this early stage.
Gary Cutlack writes…
You could have one MacBook Air – UK price around £1200 – or you could get SIX Asus Eee PCs and leave them dotted about the house for the ultimate in connected futuristic living spaces.
Or you could just get one Asus Eee PC and have a grand left over to spend on doing up the house or buying a new TV. Or two new TVs. A 40″ for the lounge, a 32″ for the bedroom and an Eee PC. Or perhaps a different combination? Maybe you’d prefer two super-powerful Dell XPS laptops for the price of one MacBook Air? Or four decent Toshibas with the same spec only in slightly fatter cases?
It’s small, it’s portable, you can hack the hell out of it and even replace its cool Linux build with Vista – and soon the Japanese will have to chance to get their hands on Asus’ star portable blogging station.
Coming to Japan in February of 2008, working the poor old Asus manufacturing facility is about to get one hell of a lot harder…
See? It can be done!
The secret is, apparently, whacking a huge SD card into the Eee PC’s expansion slot and letting Vista use that for its special needs rather than the rather limited file space available on the Eee PC’s solid-state drive.