According to NotebookReview, the machine is quite speedy despite its 900MHz Intel processor and relatively trimmed-down hardware. It boots in 10 seconds, shuts down in five, and the NotebookReview guys say they didn't see a single hourglass pop up while opening an application. Credit for that speediness is shared between the system's solid-state, flash hard drive and its customized Linux-based operating system. The Eee PC isn't too dumbed-down on the software front, though: it comes with Firefox, Skype, Word/Excel-compatible software, and Kopete, a popular multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux. There are also games, a photo manager app, presentation-making software, and so on.
According to NotebookReview, Asus intends to make the Eee PC available world-wide in late August. The cheapest variant will include an 8GB solid-state drive and will cost around $250, while another version with a 16GB SSD should cost "somewhat more."