Asus Eee PC 901 Price Drop?

Asus Eee PC 901 With Asustek rolling out cheaper models with more features, such as the $375 Asus Eee PC 1000HE, and with Acer dropping the starting price on the 8.9″ Acer Aspire One, it was bound to happen that they would either drop some models or reduce the prices.

A few weeks ago Asustek’s CEO said they would be reducing the number of Eee PC models. Today, several online retailers in the United States started listing $100 rebates for certain Asus Eee PC 901 models. It covers both the 12GB Solid State Drive (SSD) versions as well as the 20GB versions (12GB SSD = Windows XP Home, 20GB SSD = Linux). From what I’ve seen, the rebates end March 8, 2009.

Some Examples (all prices are after rebates): – EEEPC901-W001 – Linux, White, 20GB SSD, $267.99 – EEEPC901-BK002X – Windows XP, Fine Ebony, 12GB SSD, $279.99 – All Eee PC 901 models – EEEPC901-BK001 – Fine Ebony, Linux, 20GB SSD, $269.95 – EEEPC901-BK002X – Fine Ebony, Windows XP, 12GB SSD, $279.99 – EEEPC901-BK001 – Linux, 20GB SSD, Fine Ebony, $268.99 – EEEPC901-BK002X – Windows XP, 12GB SSD, $266.99

Specifications: Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 12GB or 20GB Solid State Drive (SSD), 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Linux or Windows XP, 6-cell Battery

I’m leaning towards them trying to clear out some models, either because of competing with the Asus Eee PC 1000HE as far as price, or perhaps introducing new models within a month or two, perhaps with the new chiclet-style keyboards that are popping up on the 1000HE and the Eee PC T91 or with more flash-based storage.

Keep in mind that CeBIT 2009 is next week, and Asustek is bound to be introducing a few new models.

via PortableMonkey

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NVIDIA to Intel on the Ion: Where’s Your HD Now?

NVIDIA Recently, there’s been some heated rhetoric from Intel over the upcoming NVIDIA Ion platform. Intel made a lot of arguments (and the covers the Intel slides) against using the NVIDIA Ion platform, ranging from the age of the chipset to costs and performance.

NVIDIA has responded in kind, although it’s a more positive response – they are playing up their benefits and making it clear that these are

Some of NVIDIA’s points/rebuttals:
Validation: Ion has been validated by OEMs and Microsoft, and products are now shipping
Value: Endorsed by Microsoft, many developers, and the tech media
Advantages: Ion is faster and offers a faster, more feature rich, better experience vs. Intel netbooks, nettops, and notebooks
Performance vs battery life: 10X performance at similar battery life

On the issue of Intel saying that the window of opportunity for the Ion platform is short, NVIDIA responds:

Next gen Atom (Pineview) forces customers to use Intel graphics (with minor improvements). Coming Q4’09: Second-generation ION expands CPU support, performance, and features.

NVIDIA makes it clear that they feel that Atom/Pineview will not offer the performance people are going to be wanting, while at the same time, NVIDIA will be rolling out a second-generation Ion platform in that time period.

As we get more and more into HD-formatted content (TV/movies), and we move beyond “netbooks” as a simple way to access the internet, and we see more and more netbooks/ultraportables with HD-capable displays (such as future models of Dell’s Inspiron Mini 10), HD-capable chipsets/graphics will become important.

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Asus Eee PC 1000HE – In Stock at

Asus Eee PC Get it while it’s hot – the new 10″ Asus Eee PC 1000HE is actually showing up in stock at

This is for the 1000HE (EPC1000HE-BLK005X) (Black) edition.

It’s listed with the $25 dollar discount – $374 (USD).

The blue model, 1000HE (EPC1000HE-BLU002X), is still showing 2-4 weeks.

– Asus’ higher-capacity high-density 6-cell battery
– Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz)
– 160GB HDD
– Bluetooth
– Windows XP Home

Between the higher capacity 8700-mAh battery and ASUS’ Super Hybrid Engine claims over 9 hours of battery life, however a more realistic/normal usage would probably be over 7 hours, which is what LAPTOP Magazine got in their battery tests.

This maybe the first time they’ve been in stock at Amazon – they were in stock briefly at a few other places last week, however I’ve talked to a few people who have already had them ship from Amazon (the first batch probably sold quick which is what led to the 2-3 weeks shipping dates).

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More on the Slimmer / Slimline Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire One 10-inch There’s been some talk and some images popping up about a slimmer than usual Acer Aspire One. Macles had a few photos, along with speculation that it would be packing a Solid State Drive (SSD) or similar flash memory-based storage in order to keep the size of the profile down, as well as moving some of the ports around.

An anonymous reader of has sent them quite a bit of information along with photos that are clearly not publicity or marketing stills – they show the machine in use, as well as closeups of the ports. They claim it’s got a normal Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU under the hood, and is based on the current 945GME chipset (ICH7).

Just as important – they claim it’s got a 160GB HDD, which you would think might add to the bulk, however if the measurements they gave are accurate, namely the thickness of 0.9 inches / 24 mm, then it is indeed quite a bit slimmer than the 10″ Acer Aspire Ones that are currently shipping.

The keyboard layout resembles the current 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One, although the Synaptics touchpad looks larger. In one of the photos you can clearly see the SD Expansion slot, something that was dropped between the 10″ and 8.9″ Acer Aspire One.

Some notes on the “Slimline” Acer Aspire One AAO:
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MSI and Asustek to Showcase CULV Laptops at CeBIT

MSI X-Slim X320 We’ve known about the MSI X-Slim X320 since CES 2009, although not too much, at least as far as pricing and release dates. We also know that MSI has been showing off the X-Slim X340 and X600 ahead of next week’s CeBIT 2009 in Germany.

What we didn’t know before now, and this is information from DigiTimes, is that Asustek would also be showing off a similar laptop/notebook.

All four devices are based on Intel’s Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) platform. The CULV platform is designed for ultra-thin and ultra-portable devices. Apparently, at least in the case of MSI, the X340 and X600 and maybe the X320 fit into Intel’s plans for CULV, as far as breaking the CULV platform out into three distinct segments. As far as the X320, it’s been listed as having an Atom, and Intel’s lowest tier of the CULV platform is centered around a Celeron. It could be that the Atom takes the place of that, however, the Celeron and Core 2 Solo and Core 2 Duo CPUs available for the CULV are all compatible with the same CPU socket, whereas the Atom has a different architecture.

However, DigiTimes mentions that Intel has listed around 20 different configurations, and that Hewlett-Packard (HP) will also be joining Asustek and MSI in the CULV market.

The article (and DigiTimes’ sources) make a good argument that the CULV platform may end up having an impact on the netbook market, since the 10-inch netbook market is quickly heading towards very low prices (the Asus Eee PC 1000HE and 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One come to mind with their sub-$400 prices). For those manufacturers that want to compete with ultraportable laptops, but don’t want to get into a race to the bottom with the 10″ netbooks, the CULV platform makes a lot of sense.

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