Eee PC 900 hitting U.S. stores on May 12

Mark your calendars, Eee PC fans. Asus tells us its next-generation Eee PC 900 sub-notebook has become available for pre-order in the United States, pending a retail launch on May 12. According to Asus, U.S. customers will be third in line to get the machine, after folks in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

As we’ve already reported, the Eee PC 900 brings a larger, higher-resolution screen, more RAM, and greater storage capacity than the previous Eee PC 700. The new laptop has a display 8.9 inches across with a 1024 x 600 resolution, and it packs 1GB of DDR2 memory with either 12GB or 20GB of storage capacity. Asus offers the 12GB capacity via 4GB and 8GB solid-state drives in the version of the Eee PC 900 with Windows XP pre-installed, while it slaps 4GB and 16GB SSDs in the Linux-based model for a combined 20GB of capacity.

Other features in the Eee PC 900’s bag of tricks include 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a 1.3-megapixel web camera, an MMC/SD card reader, and a four-cell battery. The whole laptop weighs in at 2.18 lbs (989 g) with a footprint of just 8.86" x 6.69" x 0.79"-1.33" (22.5 x 17 x 2-3.38 cm). In the U.S., Asus says it will price both the Windows- and Linux-based flavors at the same $549.99—or $50 more than the Eee PC 8G.

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    • HalcYoN[nV]
    • 13 years ago

    @ 10 and 13

    Battery sizing is related to a battery plant fire that is causing shortages for not just the EEE. The 4400mah battery bundled with early models was from the EEE 2G. The 5800mah battery has been reported to come with recent units purchased in Taiwan. Still a bit of a gamble. Early buyers in HK and Singapore will apparently be able to RMA for the 5800mah battery with Asus, but the offer has not yet been extended to UK buyers.

    You can buy batteries from the 701/702 models online as well as aftermarket versions with increased capacities.

    • ChrisDTC
    • 13 years ago

    Im sure its already in the works, but TR needs to do a mini notebook roundup and compare the Eee 900, the HP 2133 and all the rest so I can know which one to buy.

      • Price0331
      • 13 years ago

      I second that suggestion.

    • etilena
    • 13 years ago

    a point of discussion has been the included battery. it seems they shrank the capacity on it compared to the older models

      • UberGerbil
      • 13 years ago

      Did they actually shrink the battery, or is battery life reduced because they didn’t underclock the processor? The battery life on the previous version wasn’t all that good, especially considering the components.

        • etilena
        • 13 years ago

        The ones from HK and the UK come with the 4400 mAh batteries. The higher end 4G models all had the 5200 mAh batteries. Now that it’s running at default speed and with a crappier battery, the Eee 900’s already crappy battery life is now shorter.

          • grantmeaname
          • 13 years ago

          the larger display is a much bigger power difference than the processor underclocking…

            • yogibbear
            • 13 years ago

            So can the end user purchase a 5200mAh battery or are we stuck with the 4400’s?

    • Ruiner
    • 13 years ago

    want.

    Does the installed distro do Wine?
    Old games like Fallout or Baldur’s gate would run fine on this thing.

    • yogibbear
    • 13 years ago

    Yes! i want one of these babies bad. Anyone got any ideas on how well they run word/excel spreadsheets? Perfect timing for my final year design project at uni.

      • dmjifn
      • 13 years ago

      I gave the 700 a test drive at Best Buy last week to really see how the thing felt. I was specifically thinking of some portable spreadsheet action.

      IMO, MS Works and the CPU seems up to the task for my simple computational needs. However, the screen size clearly stood out as the limiter for spreadsheet usefulness and usability, at least for what I am using. Using Sizer to try out the sheets at different resolutions, it looks like the 900 might work with minor sheet redesigning.

      Blogging, email/letters, simple documents, simple games, movies, much web, etc. looked workable on the 700 to me.

      • ludi
      • 13 years ago

      Unless you have the hands of a fine-boned 10yo girl, I can’t see using the EeePC for extended work involving word processing or spreadsheets. Although the 8.9″ screen will definitely improve readability, it doesn’t change the keyboard size — and while that keyboard works fine for typing email, forum posts, and productive work here and there (once your hands retrain for the narrow key spacing), extended periods of labor would quickly familiarize you with all the intimate twists and turns of your carpal tunnels.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 13 years ago

    finally the usable version of the Eee comes out. Very nice.

      • HalcYoN[nV]
      • 13 years ago

      Oh noes! I never realized that this 4G EEE I am posting from is not usable. I better break it, or fix it, or whatever.

        • swaaye
        • 13 years ago

        I haven’t been on something with 480px display height since Windows 3.1. Don’t miss that so much, eh.

    • yehuda
    • 13 years ago

    Any idea why they’re not going draft-n with the WiFi adapter?

      • titan
      • 13 years ago

      Because it’s only a draft so far and because it would push the cost up higher than intended.

    • Stijn
    • 13 years ago

    If I read this right, the Linux model will have 8GB more storage for the same price? Seems like a no-brainer to me..

      • pogsnet
      • 13 years ago
    • pogsnet
    • 13 years ago
      • bthylafh
      • 13 years ago

      Yes, and it’s not under-clocked like the 700.

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