The Asus Eee PC family tree

For purposes of historical interest, we've rounded up the past few generations of Eee PC Netbooks for easy perusal.

Even though it's only a couple of years old, it's hard to imagine the laptop industry without the Eee PC Netbook from Asus. If one product line can be credited with nearly single-handedly creating the entire Netbook category--arguably the biggest paradigm shift in mobile computing in years--it's this series of low-cost, low-power laptops.

The very first Eee PC we reviewed, 2007's Eee PC 4G (sometimes called the Eee PC 701), shows how far Netbooks have come in a little more than two years. That system had an Intel Celeron M CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB SSD, and a custom Linux OS, all built around an 7-inch screen. Was it the first Netbook? That's arguable; we'd already seen similar specs from education-targeted products such as Intel's original Classmate PC , but those were not sold directly to consumers.

The very first Eee PC, 2007's Eee PC 701 4G.

Since then, we've been hit by refreshed Eee PC models every few months on average. In fact, we've reviewed eight distinct variations in the last 12 months alone. The current standard is built around an Intel N450 CPU, with Windows 7, 1GB of RAM, and a 10-inch screen at 1,024x600-pixel resolution.

At the same time, we're seeing some Netbooks from Asus and other PC makers that push the boundaries, by moving to 11-inch displays, higher screen resolutions, better graphics, and in some cases, low-voltage dual-core CPUs--although these upscale models are starting to blur the very definition of a Netbook.

For purposes of historical interest, we've rounded up the past few generations of Eee PC Netbooks for easy perusal. This particular collection doesn't include every Eee PC model we've reviewed; instead, we've chosen to focus on versions from the past 12 months, all of which are still available for sale (we'll dig deeper into the archive in a future roundup).

Click through to the gallery below for a guided tour of recent Eee PC history , along with our bottom-line thoughts on each system when it was released. We've also thrown together a handy cheat sheet below, highlighting the specs and prices of each Eee PC.

What's your favorite Eee PC model? Where would you like to see Netbooks go next? Sound off in the comments section below.

Name

Launch price

Review date

Specs: CPU/RAM/OS

Screen size (inches)/resolution

Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N

$499

1/20/2010

Intel Atom N330/2GB/
Win 7 Home Premium

12.1/1,366x768

Asus Eee PC 1005PE

$379

12/20/2009

Intel Atom N450/1GB/
Win 7 Starter

10.1/1,024x600

Asus 1005HAGB

$399

12/01/2009

Intel Atom N270/1GB/XP

10.1/1,024x600

Asus Eee PC 1101HA

$429

8/20/2009

Intel Atom Z520/1GB/XP

11.6/1,366x768

Asus Eee PC T91

$499

7/15/2009

Intel Atom Z520/1GB/XP

8.9/1,024x600

Asus Eee PC 1005HA

$389

6/23/2009

Intel Atom N280/1GB/XP

10.1/1,024x600

Asus Eee PC 1008HA

$429

5/26/2009

Intel Atom N280/1GB/XP

10.1/1,024x600

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

$399

2/26/2009

Intel Atom N280/1GB/XP

10.1/1,024x600 

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