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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Asus Eee PC's 901, 1000h, 1000 Compared Side by Side

The original EEE PC was announced in 2007 and was known as the 701, it was almost certainly one of the most talked about computers shortly after its launch.

The specs of the EEE PC 701 were not that impressive, it featured pretty basic technology. The reason it was popular? Well that's because it is so tiny, and very reasonably priced. The fact that the early versions only ran Linux didn't seem to put people off either. Asus did however ship the EEE PC with windows drivers so that it was possible to install windows on it yourself if you wanted.

The 901 is an 8.9" version of the EEE PC which is powered using Intel's new Atom processor and was launched to update the product line. Although the Atom doesn't add much speed to the computer it does make it much more efficient in terms of battery life.

The 1000 model is one of the most anticipated computer releases of the year! It has received some very good reviews. Asus will also release a 1000H model which is identical in spec apart from it using a conventional 80GB hard drive rather than the 40GB SSD. This will be the first ever EEE PC to contain a hard drive.

Comparing the specs:

Asus EEE PC 701 (original)- 7" 800x480, Linux Only (Windows drivers included), 900MHz Celeron (underclocked to 630Mhz), 802.11n wireless networking, 512MB - 1GB DDR2, 2 - 8GB SSD, 895 - 990g.

Asus EEE PC 901 (8.9") - 8.9" 1024x600 Windows XP Home or Linux, Intel Atom Processor, 802.11n wireless networking, 1 GB DDR 2, 20GB SSD, 1.1kg.

Asus EEE PC 1000 (10") - 10"/10.2" 1024x600, Windows XP Home or Linux Intel Atom Processor, 802.11n wireless networking, 2 GB DDR 2, 40GB SSD, 1.33kg.

Asus EEE PC 1000H (10" with HDD) - 10"/10.2", 1024x600 Windows XP Home or Linux Intel Atom Processor, 802.11n wireless networking, 2 GB DDR 2, 80GB SSD, 1.45kg.

As you should be able to see, the new models are a great improvement on the older spec, however people that want a small computer still have to put up with the pretty dire specs of the 701. As a second computer the original EEE PC is ideal. Newer models are being shipped with better specs and even Windows XP installed as standard, this makes them a much more enticing and useful computer.

Many other computer manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon to provide small computers like the EEE PC; other examples include the HP MiniNote 2133 and Lenovo's X300. Many of these models are also available in different configurations, including conventional and SSD hard drives.

What does the future have in store for the EEE PC? Only time will tell, if you listen to the rumors then there are even plans to launch a desktop EEE PC onto the market at some time in the future. The future looks very bright for all sub notebook computers, especially for the EEE PC, which is perhaps the most famous of them all!

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