Asus Eee PC 1004DN at the FCC

Asus Eee PC This is a big surprise. Back in January when the Eee PC 1004DN was announced at CES, it didn’t sound like it would be coming to the United States.

The Eee PC 1004DN is based on the current 10-inch Eee PC 1002HA, but it has a few new features. Namely it features the chiclet-style keyboard

Most importantly, it has an internal optical drive – a DVD writer. It’s now at the FCC, which should indicate that it will be available in the United States within the next few months. That would make it the first in its class to be available in the US, as far as having an internal optical drive.

Unfortunately we don’t have weight, but we do have a few other dimensions:
– Width: 10.4 inches / 264 mm
– Depth: 7.1 inches / 180 mm
– Height: 1 inches / 25.4 mm

Read:
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Asus Eee PC T91GO – a T91 With 3G

Asus Eee PC T91 Touch Not much to say about this, just that it’s firming up previous information about Asustek offering 3G/UMTS mobile broadband functionality with their new convertible netbook/ultraportable as well as selling it through some mobile providers. Ahead of CeBIT 2009, Eee-PC.de has posted a photo of a new model of the still-unreleased 8.9″ Eee PC T91.

It’s called the Eee PC T91GO.

The slogan is “Stay Connected Anywhere With Eee PC T91GO”.

Colors listed look to be black and silver or black and white.

Still no pricing or availability, but today kicks off CeBIT 2009, so chances are we’ll see that information released.

Read: Eee-PC.de
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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 – Look Under the Hood, Ships in April

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (or Dell Inspiron 1010 as it’s sometimes referred to) was just made available fore pre-order last week, initially through QVC, but now it’s currently available for pre-order through the Dell Home and Home Office Store, with a tentative ship date of April 6, 2009.

If you can’t wait to see how it’s put together, some of the online service documentation (also available for download) shows the inner-workings of the new 10-inch Intel Atom-powered device.

Among the highlights:
– The TV Tuner card (next to the SATA HDD bay, under the left palmrest)
– The Hard Drive, while it’s buried underneath the keyboard, doesn’t look to be all that hard to replace or upgrade with a larger capacity drive. It’s in a tray, and it looks like only the battery and keyboard need to be pulled and then you have full access. It even has a pull-tab to help remove it.
– The SIM card slot (assuming your model has one) is directly behind the battery, and apparently easy to get to.

You can access the support site through here:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1010/en/index.htm
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Amazon.com – Deal of the Day – Samsung X360-34G ($1049.99)

Samsung X360 This is kind of a surprise. If you are in the US and have been thinking about the ultraportable 13.3-inch Samsung X360, Amazon.com has the X360-34G as their “Deal of the Day” today. This is probably one of the cheapest ultraportable deals with an Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) CPU – Samsung claims it’ll get you up to nearly 8 hours of battery life.

List Price: $1,899.00
Price: $1,049.99 & eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime
Save: $849.01 (45%)

Note: There is a $300 rebate listed, however that expired yesterday. The deal today is much better.

Specifications:
– 13.3″ 1280×800 LED-Backlit display
– Intel Ultra Low Voltage SU9300 Core 2 Duo (1.2GHz)
– INtel GMA 4500MHD Graphics
– 3GB DDR3 (1066MHz) RAM
– 1280 GB HDD (1.8″)
– 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
– Bluetooth 2.0
– 6-cell Battery
– Microsoft Windows Vista
– Fingerprint Reader

The listed weight is 2.9 pounds – lighter than some netbooks/ultraportables with smaller displays. It partially achieves this by ditching the optical drive, similar to Apple’s MacBook Air, so there is not an optical/DVD/CD drive included.

Read: Amazon.com – Samsung X360-34G

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Netbooks Boosting Cloud Computing?

Netbooks Jason Hiner at ZDNet, has written an article, “Are netbooks quietly driving us toward cloud computing?”

He’s laid out a case that not only are netbooks/subnotebooks bucking the current trends of the PC industry (shrinking sales with some companies), but that they are poised to grow a lot more, and along the way, they are going to be bringing greater access to new technologies, especially cloud computing and cloud storage:

As a result, the limited local processing and limited local storage available on netbooks are likely to become catalysts for transferring more processing and storage to the data center, where companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are currently building up large reservoirs of computing resources.

Those three companies will certainly be beneficiaries of this trend – especially in terms of their cloud storage initiatives – but so will many other companies that host Software-as-a-Service applications, hosted storage, and cloud computing services.

We are already seeing this, with Asus offering 10GB – 20GB through their Eee Storage service.

HP is offering their “HP Upline” service with some devices that offers online data storage and backup.

Then you have third parties offering online storage services such as Dropbox which allows you to stay platform-neutral. There are clients available for the major OS platforms, as well as a web-accessible option for accessing your stored items through your browser.

Those three examples allow you to keep files in sync and backed up between multiple systems, especially important when you are using a netbook/ultraportable as a secondary device, and you don’t want to be in a situation where you have your files scattered around and they aren’t backed up, or where you are going with one of the smaller-capacity Solid State Drive (SSD) options.

There are also services like Evernote which is more oriented towards storing and syncing data (text, web clippings, documents, images). I’m a huge fan of Evernote, as are many people I know. You can have both client-based storage/syncing for those times when you are offline, and you can also access your data through a web interface. It even performs Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on images/photos that you upload, that have text somewhere in the image. You can then find that data through simple text searches.

Read: ZDNet

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