Asus Eee news

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Asus Eee Comparison Chart

Well, it appears there are shortages of the Linux variant of the Asus Eee 901 in the UK at present. What’s caused this you might ask…? Despite the rumours that it’s Microsoft putting pressure on Asus, Asus have revealed it’s caused by Intel not being able to supply enough Atom chips, which is limiting supply. Why is it only affecting the Linux variant? Simply these are more popular, and hence selling faster!

In other Asus news, Asus have revealed the pricing of all of the new variants; the 901 is £299 (20Gb SSD Linux or 12Gb SSD Windows XP variants), the 904 (basically a 900 in the 1000 case) is £269 (80Gb HDD Windows XP), and the 1000H is £349 (80Gb HDD Windows XP) or £369 (40Gb SSD Linux).

Finally, Asus have produced this chart (above) which compares the different units.

Some content courtesy of Register Hardware and Mobile Computer Magazine.


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Asus Eee Box PC price revealed

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Asus Eee Box PC

We’ve already covered the Asus Eee Box PC a couple of times before, including listing out the specs of the device. However, Asus have now confirmed the UK price.  It looks like the UK price will be £199, which will include the device with the 80Gb Hard Disk, Windows XP, a keyboard and mouse, but no monitor.  For that price, we expect it’ll be the 1Gb RAM version, and probably without the optional Bluetooth module.


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Even more Asus Eee devices due soon?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Asus Eee 904

Well, with the 900, 901 and 1000H recently launched, here are rumours of the 903, 904 and 905 devices too! However, it’s most likely that not all these model numbers are real, or due for immediate release. The best information we have seen is that the 904 will be released in the next few weeks, for £269 (compared to the 901 at £299). The device has the keyboard size from the 1000H, but with the smaller 8.9″ screen of the 900 series, and will feature a hard disk (ie no SSD storage). Of course, whether this will replace the 901, or run alongside it isn’t clear yet, neither is the exact release date.

Story courtesy of Tech Digest, picture courtesy of Eee PC News.


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Third party Asus Eee batteries available in the UK

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Asus Eee 900

Clove Technology, a well established company who used to specialise in all things Psion, have released for sale two extended batteries for the Asus Eee range, and Eeeuser.com (who also supplied the above picture) have a full review of them.  For just over £40(inc. VAT) for the larger extended battery, Eeeuser gained a lot of extra time using the device.  The battery does stick out a little at the back, but we think that will be fine for most users.  Head over and read their review.


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Asus battery replacement “on hold”

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Asus Eee 900

According to Eeeuser.com (who also supplied the above picture), it appears the Asus Eee 900 battery replacement scheme is on hold, with no information from Asus as to why, or for how long.


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Asus Eee 901 and 1000 due next month

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Asus Eee 900

The Asus Eee 901 and 1000 PCs are due to ship in the UK next month, and should be on sale on July 1st. These both feature the Intel Atom chip. We covered the 901 in some detail here, but we’ve attached the Computex Asus specification cards for both for you to compare them…

Asus Eee PC 901 specsAsus Eee 1000 specs

Eee 900 picture courtesy of Eeeuser.com.


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Another Asus accessory

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Asus Eee USB Handwriting Pad

It looks like we missed this one last week; whilst at Computex, Asus also launched a USB handwriting touchpad, which can recognise Chinese and English characters, numbers, and symbols.  It connects via USB, and is designed for the Asus Eee PCs, matching the more common white colour scheme.

Story courtesy of AVING.net, picture courtesy of linitx.com.


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Asus launch SatNav with Heads Up Display

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Asus SatNav with HUD

At Computex 2008, Asus have launched another interesting device; a SatNav GPS unit with a HUD! This looks very interesting, and something that we like the idea of; providing next turn information including the distance to the junction on the HUD.

Asus SatNav with HUD 2

The display looks nice and clear, and certainly a good indication of what we could be driving around with in the next few years. The picture below shows the actual HUD unit providing the picture being projected.

Asus SatNav with HUD 3

There’s no information on whether or not Asus will be providing European mapping, or whether they plan to release the device in Europe, or the UK, but we certainly hope it becomes available.

As with all our Computex stories, pictures and information are courtesy of linitx.com.


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Asus Eee Pictures

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Asus Stand

Nick from linitx.com has been busy, but has managed to provide us with a large number of pictures from the Asus stand at Computex.

For more information, read the rest of the article…

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Asus facing competition

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

MSI Wind PC

There’s been a large raft of competitors to the Asus Eee PC. Here we have a competitor to their new Eee Box PC, which has only just launched. The MSI version has the following spec:

  • Intel Atom 230 (1.6Ghz) processor
  • 1GB DDR2 533 memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 160GB SATA Hard Disk
  • DVD-combo drive (as opposed to no optical drive at all on the Asus)

It’s marked by MSI as quiet, low energy, and is also listed as certified for Vista, and will be available in a range of colours.

MSI Wind PC

Pictures courtesy of linitx.com.


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