Asus may be preparing to launch a new mini-laptop, which Fudzilla reports will be called the Eee PC S101H. The company’s Eee PC S101 netbook is the thinnest netbook in the Eee PC line, and at 2.4 pounds, it’s the lightest netbook with a 10.2 inch display that Asus offers.
While there’s no official word on what features will make the Eee PC S101H different from the S101, the H would suggest that the new model will have a hard drive instead of a solid state disk. The Eee PC S101 is only available with an SSD at the moment.
It’s possible that Asus will be able to bring the price down a bit by offering a hard drive instead of a solid state disk. The Eee PC S101 is currently the most expensive member of the Eee PC family with a starting price of $699 (although bargain hunters can find it for a few bucks less on Amazon).
You know netbooks are hot ticket items when companies that normally don’t even produce computers are getting in on the action. While it’s still not clear if electronics maker Coby is preparing a low cost mini-notebook, it does look like Archos plans to bring one to market.
Archos is generally better known for producing portable music and video players. But French site Blogeee has pictures of what looks like an Archos netbook.
There’s not much info available about the netbook yet. It appears to feature a 10.2 inch display, USB ports, a flash card reader, a mic input and headphone output. And it could be a photographic trick, but it looks liek the trackpad is a bit off center, which is rather unusual.
Update: It looks like this is a rebranded Hasee MJ125 netbook.
Update: As Jean-François Thamie of Netbook 3G points out, the FIC user manual actually says this netbook has a 10.1 inch display. In other words, there’s nothing particularly unusual or noteworthy about this netbook. Or at least nothing I can see. Maybe that will change when the laptop comes to market.
I’ve often contended that notebooks with 12 inch displays, while very cool, don’t quite fit in the netbook category. By their very nature they’re just not as portable as a machine with a 10.2 inch or smaller display and they’re typically not as light weight either. But what about a 10.4 inch screen? I think I’ll go ahead and shoehorn that in the loosely defined netbook category because come on, really… it’s .2 inches.
Anyway, First International Computer is apparently building something that looks a lot like a netbook with a 10.4 inch display. The company has filed documents with the FCC indicating that the upcoming machine will feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 2.5″ SATA II HDD, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, up to 2GB of RAM, an ExspressCard slot, and a VGA output. It will also sport a 10.4 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display.
First International Computer is a contrat PC maker, which means we probably won’t see these netbooks under the FIC name. Instead, a computer make you may or may not have heard of could place an order with FIC and slap their own name on the product.
Asus is apparently playing mix and match with the components for its Eee Box line of low cost, low power, low profile desktop computers. A few weeks ago the company rolled out the Eee Box B203 with a Celeron processor (earlier models had used the Intel Atom CPU). Now Asus is adding an Eee Box B201 to the lineup. This one has an Intel Celeron CPU and a 16GB solid state disk instead of a hard drive. You can also get an optional 160GB hard drive if you want, but that’ll probably add a few bucks to the price.
The Eee Box B201 is available with WIndows XP or Xandros Linux, and it has all the other features we’ve come to expect from the Eee Box lineup including 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 4 USB slots, a DVI output, and a flash card reader.
We’ve been hearing about EMTEC’s unusual Gdium netbook for months. But it looks like the company is finally getting ready to launch the netbook. Gdium recently launched a “one laptop per hacker” program to help build a developer community. And now Engadget reports that EMTEC will be showing the netbook at CES next week and plans to start selling the Gdium to US customers soon after.
The netbook will have a $400 price tag, and the most unusual storage system of any netbook to date. Instead of offering a hard drive or built in solid state disk, EMTEC has built the Gdium netbook to work with a removable “G-Key,” which is basically an 8GB or 16GB removable USB flash drive that holds the operating system, files, and programs. The idea is that you can grab your G-Key and carry your desktop environment in your pocket. Just plug it into another Gdium to pull up your files, programs, and settings.
This concept seems like a good idea for people who are using desktop computers. I’m not as convinced it makes sense for netbooks. But I get tthe feeling tghat Emtec wants to target educational markets where students might use a number of machines interchangeably rather than being assigned to a single PC.
In addition to the unusual storage system, the Emtec Gdium shuns the usual Intel Atom or VIA C7 CPU you’ll find in most netbooks. Instead it uses a 900MHz 64-bit Loongson processor.
You can read more about the Emtec Gdium in the todo en tecnologia Product Database.
Dutch computer maker Point of View is getting in on the netbook action with a strikingly average looking mini-laptop called the Mobii PC. The computer has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAm, and a 160GB hard drive. It runs Windows XP or Linpus Linux Lite, and sports 3 USB ports, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a 1.3MP camera.
The Mobii PC also has an ExpressCard slot, which is something you don’t see on many netbooks today. No word on whether the netbook will be released in the US, but it costs about 280 Euros in Europe, which is around $400 US.
Update: Jean-François from Netboook 3G writes in to let us know that the Mobii PC has been on sale in Belgium since November, and that it’s basically the same machine as the Haier 81004 netbook.
RunCore’s new line of SSDs is now shipping, and the drives are priced very competitively. They’re available in 16, 32, 64, and 128gb capacities and should retail at $69, $119, $199, and $389. Price/performance ratio is good, with read/write speeds on the drives at about 75/40 mb/s.
One slick addition is the onboard USB slave port which should make the process of cloning a netbook’s original drive a fairly painless procedure.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is RunCore’s 256gb 2.5″ SATA SSD, which boasts peak read/write speeds of 230/150 mb/s, respectively. They’ll be priced at $699 – not bad considering the size and performance, but still quite a leap from the 1.8″ pricing.
Still, this should be a sign of good things to come for netbook users looking to upgrade to an SSD.
via jkkmobile and Engadget
There are two things that make netbooks appealing. They’re portable and they’re cheap. That’s what sets them apart from most notebooks on the market. But apparently luxury French bag designer Goyard missed the memor on the whole cheap thing, because the company has put out a line of designer sleeves for netbooks.
Nothing wrong with that, right? After all, who wouldn’t like a stylish bag for their netbook. The problem is with the price: $830.
That’s right, you can now buy an $830 bag for your $399 laptop. Let’s see how many of these things sell during the global recession.
If you’re looking for a more reasonably priced netbook case, check out the todo en tecnologia Shop.
Asus has quietly released a new model in the Eee PC 900 series. The Asus Eee PC 900SD looks a lot like the Eee PC 900. Both have 8.9 inch displays and 900MHz Intel Celeron processors. But the 900SD comes with less storage, and a lower resolution webcam. The Linux version also has just 512MB of RAM, while the Eee PC 900 has 1GB whether you pick up the Linux or Windows XP model.
In other words, it looks like the Eee PC 900SD is positioned to be a cheaper version of the Eee PC 900. It does have at least two advantages though. First, it comes in multiple colors including blue, gold, purple, black and white. The Eee PC 900 is only available in black and white. And Asus says the Eee PC 900SD has an estimated battery life of 3.5 hours, which is about an hour longer than the Eee PC 900.
Here’s a rundown of the Eee PC 900SD specs:
Display: 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
CPU: 900MHz Intel Celeron
RAM: 1GB (Windows) / 512MB (Linux)
Storage: 8GB SSD
OS: Windows XP or Xandros Linux
Connectivity: 802.11b/g WiFi, Ethernet
Expansion: 3 USB ports, 1 VGA port, mic/headphone jacks, SDHC/MMC slot
Battery: 4 hours (Windows XP) / 3.5 hours (Linux)
Dimensions: 170mm x 225mm x 34mm or 6.7″ x 8.9″ x 1.3″
Weigh: .99kg or 2.2 pounds
On an interesting sidenote, Asus is continuing to offer 10 to 20GB of online storage to customers who purchase Eee PCs. But now the company is referring to this as a “hybrid storage” setup since you can store files both on the device and on the web. It sounds like Asus is taking a cue from MSI, which is marketing its MSI Wind U115 netbook as a “hybrid” device since it features both a solid state disk and a hard disk, two different storage devices that are available whether or not your computer is connected to the internet.
via Eee PC News and Notebook Italia
When Boing Boing released a Hackintosh Mini compatibility chart a few weeks ago I was surprised to see that the HP 2133 Mini-Note was listed as a netbook capable of running the Mac operating system. After all, Macs have Intel processors, while the HP 2133 uses a VIA CPU. It turns out that’s not a deal-breaker. The OQO handheld PC also has a VIA processor, and you can get OS X to run on it. And at least a few people claim to have done the same with the HP 2133.
Things are much simpler with the new HP Mini 1000/Compaq Mini 700 netbook. It has the same Intel Atom CPU as the MSI Wind U100, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, and other netbooks that people have been running OS X on for ages. (Or months, anyway). For some basic instructions on installing OS X on an HP Mini 1000, checkout the My HP Mini Forums. And to see what the finished product looks like, check out the video after the break. Ethernet and audio reportedly don’t work, but WiFi and USB does.
video via Asus Eee PC Hacks