Netbook fan? Me too! That’s why I was dead excited to try out the latest Eee, and you know what? It’s a bit of a monster. Montrously powerful, by netbook standards, and with a montrous battery life.

Unfortunately it’s also monstrously heavy, weighing in at 1.4kg. I suppose you have to compromise somewhere, but for £329, you can’t complain too much. Watch the video above for my full thoughts.

Asus plans netbook with optical drive


All the pillars that we once knew as hallmarks of netbookiness are crumbling. Screen sizes now go up to 12.1″, the Atom processor is being seen less and less regularly, solid state drives are rare and now Asus is bringing out a model with an optical drive attached!

The E1004DN will have an optical drive, as well as an Intel Atom N280 CPU paired with GN40 chipset, and a 120GB hard drive. It’ll be out mid-April in Taiwan and will cost NT$18,000-20,000, which is about £375 or so in quids.

(via Digitimes)

Orange to offer Eee 901 with 3G for £25 a month


Cautiously speaking, this looks like a good deal. If you’ve been thinking about getting a netbook then you’re probably familiar with the Eee 901, which is one of the best on the market. Well, Orange are poised to start selling the Eee for £25 a month on a two year contract with a 3GB-a-month data cap.

It’ll only be available in black and pink, but you also get the ability to send 100 texts from the device, too. The only problem? The device will probably be looking very long in the tooth in two year’s time, given that it’s nearly a year old already, and data will be considerably cheaper by then, too. Plus £25 a month over 24 months is £600. That’s a lot of cash for a machine that Asus are phasing out.

Orange (via Electric Pig)

SHINY VIDEO PREVIEW: Asus Bamboo Notebook

In the video above, Lucy takes us through Asus’s all-new, very green, energy-saving Bamboo laptop. It’s made almost entirely of recycled materials, and everything in it can be recycled after the laptop becomes obsolete. It’s a sustainable laptop, if you will.


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Asus to launch Android-powered smartphone


What’s the betting Asus are going to call this the EeePhone? Fairly high, I’d imagine, given their tendency to slap the Eee label on everything they produce. The Taiwanese company recently brought out a Windows Mobile-powered smartphone, but this one will run Google’s new mobile OS – Android.

Initially the phones will likely be only for sale in Taiwan, but Asus have mentioned the prospect of bringing them abroad. No more details as yet, but when some more surface, we’ll be sure to share them. It’s good to see more manufacturers making use of the Android platform.

Asus (via IntoMobile)

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Asus is hiring – boosting laptop manufacturing by 77% to cope with demand


The globally beloved small laptop maker has said it’s well on target to sell 11.3 million notebooks and netbooks this year and will shift a massive 20 million next year, making it one of the “top four” laptop sellers in the world.

Asus is currently hiring old women and buying hair-nets and raw materials in an attempt to boost its factory output by 77% this year, as it attempts to cope with rocketing demand for its extremely wide – and rapidly widening – range of cheap laptops…

Asus announcement of the day: The 15.6in All-In-One-Touch Screen PC


Yesterday, all Asus announced was some boring old motherboards. Yesterday was a very sad day for Asus fans. But today it’s back on the hot PC hardware scene with this odd little Eee-branded mini desktop.

It is the Asus All-In-One-Touch Screen PC, which has a 15.6″ 16:10 widescreen display, does wi-fi, runs Windows XP, contains an Intel Atom, has 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. Which is all you need to sit in front of staring at the internet all evening until the pains in your eyes and shoulders tell you it’s time for bed…