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ASUS @ Computex 2008

ASUS @ Computex 2008



ASUS Eee PC 901/1000 Launch

ASUS Eee PC 901/1000 Launch

The launch of the latest addition to the ASUS Eee PC series may come as no surprise to most people who have been following news of an Intel Atom Eee PC. Indeed, the specifications and looks of the newest Eee PC 901/1000 pretty much keeps to the same formula that has made them the ones at the top of the throne in the netbook category.

There have been a few changes however, most notably the change in the processor type: from the previous Centrino based single core to the new and flashy Atom. Other significant changes also include an 80GB normal HDD in the 1000 series (which also comes in a 40GB SSD version) and the fact that Bluetooth is now built into all the newer models and the models all support the Draft N wireless standard.

New models are always a good thing and ASUS has crammed a load of improvements to the newer Eee PC models. For instance, the increased battery life of up to 7.8 hours is one claim that we will put to the test the moment we get our hands on the unit. Another is the bigger keyboard of the Eee PC 1000 and 1000(H), and is touted by ASUS to be 92% of a full-sized keyboard (similar to the HP Mini-Note).

While the Eee PC 901 still retains the same flavor as the Eee PC 900 with regards to the choice of OS and storage capacity, the SSD version of the Eee PC 1000 only comes enabled with Linux, while the Eee PC 1000(H):- the one with the 80GB HDD, allows you to choose either Windows XP or Linux. The last and most significant change with the newer models is one that we feel will affect the decisions of the more picky consumers, that being the weight of the units which have been increased. THe newer Eee PC 901 weighs in at 1.1kg, the Eee PC 1000 at 1.33kg, and the Eee PC 1000H at 1.45kg.

Expect a full review when a unit arrives at our labs soon, for now, take a quick look at our shots of the event itself on the next page.