Ben is a lifelong Nintendo fan who likes to build websites, and make video games. He buys way too much Lego.
Asus have recently announced the Eee pc. I’m really liking the look of this one. I recently bought a laptop computer but it’s quite large big and carrying it around isn’t too fun so something smaller, that I can use anywhere in the house and when I go on holiday/ travelling, would be absolutely great.
It only has a 7 inch screen, and the disk drives start at 4 gig (very small) but considering the price this isn’t an issue for me – It’s soooo cheap. Apparently prices start at $200 (so likely Â£200), which is well within my range for a low end pc for web browsing & blogging – and maybe a bit of web development.
The battery life is a little short, and it’s a shame there’s no dvd drive, but I guess improving those would add to the weight and the cost. I have already read rumors of a 10 inch version so maybe I should wait and see if that is going to happen. Apparently English language countries are likely to get the computer as early as August this year.
The baby laptop is coming loaded with all sorts of open source goodies. In particular it will be running Linux, and have Open Office and Firefox installed. This will keep the price down and give people some decent software.
I must admit I am a little surprised that something like this hasn’t been done sooner, a light weight, cheap computer that looks nice, for simple usage is bound to sell well.
You can read more about the Eee pc at Engadget, and check out the Asus promo flash thing at Asus.com.