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The Asus Eee PC redefines 'ultraportable'

Enter the Eee PC. It weighs about as much as 10 mobile phones. Seriously, that's about as heavy as 18 iPod nanos

I just sold my Windows Vista laptop. I don't despise Vista, but I'm certainly not its biggest fan. After seeing and playing with the Eee PC 701 from Asus, I realise I sold that 'ultraportable' of mine at the right time -- the Eee PC reinvents the idea.

The stupidly lightweight Eee feels like something Psion could've made after the beautiful 5mx launched in 1999. True, it wouldn't be as fun to use with Psion's EPOC OS -- seeing Ubuntu run on the Eee is a new kind of beautiful. But I really think Asus could be on to a winner here.

One of the most horrible things about trade shows, for example, is having to carry around a heavy laptop. Sure, an ultraportable aims to help, but when you're walking for eight hours a day, even a small laptop can be a burden.


Light as a feather, and very pretty too

Enter the Eee PC. It weighs about as much as 10 mobile phones. Seriously, that's about as heavy as 18 iPod nanos -- the new, ultra-slim ones. This thing can run OpenOffice, Firefox and a Wi-Fi connection -- for a journalist, that's pretty much all you need. What's more, you can pick one up for about £200 -- a big fat pile of cash less than my supposedly lightweight ultraportable that now belongs to some bloke in Manchester. Sorry, dude.

I hope this little guy does well. I'll sure as hell be buying one before CES in January, and I advise anyone who wants PC functionality that weighs less than a bag of sugar to check it out too.