Love your Eee PC but hate its skimpy 4GB-20GB of SSD storage? Our most recent Eee PC, the 9-inch Eee 901, had a 12GB SSD chip (you can get 20GB in the Linux version), but even that makes it hard to install apps or store photos, music, and so on. The new 10-inch Eee PC will sport up to 40GB of SSD storage, but we're already talking about a $699 laptop there.
Sure, it's a popular new form factor, but we've been hit by a literal flood of new Netbooks in the past few days.
This tiny laptop tsunami includes the new 10-inch version of the Asus Eee PC, plus a 7-inch system from Sylvania (yes, the lightbulb and microwave company, although it looks like someone just licensed the name), and Acer's 9-inch Aspire One. We're testing all three systems right now, but here's a quick rundown in the meantime.
Asus Eee PC 1000: The 10-inch version of the Eee PC has a few new tricks up … Read more
It's been a slow week in Eee PC news--it's Friday and Crave has seen only one post thus far--so let us quickly share information from a report on DigiTimes today. According to the report, Asus expects to bring "whole-day" battery life and Internet storage to its Netbook by the end of the year. I'm not sure what a whole day's worth of online storage amounts to, but presumably it's more than the 20GB you get now with the solid-state hard drive in the Eee PC 1000.
The report doesn't specify how many … Read more
You may have seen an article in The New York Times this weekend (registration required) on the subject of a new trend in small, cheap laptops and desktops. The story deals with the pressure PC makers face to make low-end, low-margin computers after the success of the Asus Eee PC mini laptop (or "Netbook" as they're called).
We can certainly see why laptop divisions of those companies might feel nervous. Traditionally, owning a laptop meant sacrificing power for portability and we'd wager that many people still hold to that notion (advances in gaming laptops notwithstanding). If … Read more
If you dug the pictures of the upcoming 9-inch Acer Aspire One Netbook that have been flying around online, you'll be pleased to know that with no official notice from Acer, the Intel-Atom-powered system has been spotted for sale at a handful of U.S. retailers, including CDW.
We've seen two models offered online. Both have the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor and 1,024x600-pixel resolution 8.9-inch displays. The $399 version (model number A110-1295) has 512MB of RAM, Linux, and an 8GB solid-state hard drive, while another version (A150-1006), for $422 (from CDW, at least), has … Read more
At least in Taiwan, the Linux version of the Asus Eee PC is very popular among housewives and students. Meanwhile geeks want the Windows XP version. Also on the show today Microsoft finally declares war on Apple's advertisements, and an Xbox 360 price cut may be coming as early as Sunday. Oh and there was something about the iPhone. Apparently people are excited about it. Listen now: Download today's podcastEPISODE 762
Apparently, one third of us have been copying DVDs! http://www.cnet.com/8301-17914_1-9985794-89.html http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080708-breaking-the-law-one-third-of-us-residents-rip-dvds.html
Xbox 360 price … Read more
Ah, summer. Summer means long sunny days, vacations at the beach, and--if you're in the United States--the Independence Day holiday. Which is why this weekly wrap-up is coming a day early: tomorrow my colleagues and I will be busy eating grilled meat and watching fireworks, all in the name of patriotism.
Because it spans the middle months of the calendar, summer can also be a time of reflection. We took the opportunity this week to look back on all that's happened so far this year and came up with a list of notable notebooks from the first half of 2008. … Read more
We've reached the halfway mark of 2008, so let us take a look at the most noteworthy laptops we've seen thus far this year. These aren't merely the laptops that received the highest ratings from CNET Reviews, but those models that stood out from the pack by introducing a new and interesting design or feature set.
The first laptop to create a stir this year was removed from a manila envelope by Steve Jobs at MacWorld in January. The MacBook Air was notable for both its thin design and thin feature set. The Air is impossibly thin, … Read more
With the world anxiously awaiting the Asus Eee Box, it's all too easy to overlook the company's other small PCs. We've already seen the Nova P20, and now we have the privilege of showing you its younger, more attractive sibling, the Nova Lite.
It's designed primarily for use as a media center machine. Its petite frame (231 x 184 x 51 millimeters) is small and cute enough to fit alongside your existing AV equipment without looking too out of place. It even comes with a stand so you can position it vertically as well as horizontally. … Read more
It seems like every time we turn around, there's a new version of Asus' popular Eee PC Netbook. After the initial 7-inch Linux and Windows versions, we saw the 9-inch version, and now we've finally gotten our hands on the Eee PC 901, featuring Intel's new Atom processor. (Of course, now there's the 10-inch Eee PC 1000, as well).
As we previously pointed out, this system has a 1.6GHz Atom CPU from Intel, replacing the now-dated Celeron M. Compared with the previous Eee 900 model, you can see that this new version (in black) has … Read more