Asus shows off 9" EEE

As I mentioned yesterday, the Macbook Air helped raise the interest in extremely small and light portable computers (not those “computers” that Nokia is selling). Despite how well the sales are going, there’s another device that has been grabbing, or should I say “stealing”, the headlines from tech websites all around: the Asus EEE.

While Apple chose to compete with Sony’s expensive ultra-portable laptops, the TZ series; Asus came up with a device that is almost as small and only costs a fraction of the price, in exchange for weaker specifications.

One of our own ForeverGeek editors, Mel, has an Asus EEE and enjoys it greatly, and the only real complain we hear about the device is it’s screen size. Thankfully Asus listened, and have witnessed what kind of potential this device has, therefore they will soon be releasing a 9″ screen version that is being shown on the CeBit expo right now running both it’s Linux distro and Windows XP, so one might speculate that they’ll allow you to choose operating system when it goes on sale.

Frankly, I don’t really need a device such as this one right now but for many people that have never owned a laptop or just want a cheap and light solution to carry with them, this device almost sounds too good to be true. The versions being shown at CeBit have 16GB Flash HDDs and will cost approximately €400 when they go on sale, though 8gb versions were also shown.

[Via Engadget]

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