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ASUS EeePC Australia launch

ASUS EeePC gets an official launch in Australia, the focus very much being on schools.

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Craig Simms
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The EeePC is surprisingly well built and quite an attractive laptop, considering the AU$499 price point.

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A 10/100 Ethernet port, modem, USB2.0 port, headphone and microphone jacks.

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Two more USB ports, and VGA out.

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A Webcam sits at the top, speakers straddling each side of the screen. A huge array of software comes pre-installed, including OpenOffice, Pidgin, Skype and even some games.

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The EeePC currently runs off a modified Linux distribution called Xandros -- ASUS hopes to bundle with XP Home shortly for around AU$50 more.

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The elegance of an ultraportable, and only 0.92kg.

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It features Wireless b/g, and is pre-set up with many links to Google applications and Wikipedia. The hope is not only that these would make a great laptop for primary school kids, but that schools could use them as a sort of "mobile lab", handing laptops out as required to be shared between classes.

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Featuring a 7-inch screen, 512MB RAM, 4G solid state storage and a four-cell battery, it's perfectly aimed for first time PC users, or those who just need a basic yet powerful and portable feature set.

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Upon entry to the launch, attendees were handed a white rose and the piano was being played by a very talented young girl.

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The education theme was pushed hard -- look! It fits in a school bag! Apparently it's also lighter than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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Ted Chen, Managing Director of ASUS Australia is very pleased with the product, which will be initially selling through Myer on 1 December.

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Some talented young dancers were crowd pleasers.

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Apparently you can use a laptop while holding a soccer ball under one arm.

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Ah, not just a school thing -- apparently it's good for the whole family!

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The kids that are the "faces" of the EeePC.

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More dancing.

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Even more dancing.

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