“The smaller, the better!” – that’s how people prefer nowadays when choosing a product or gadget available in the market. They say that the more handy and powerful the product is, the bigger the chances that consumers/costumers will patronize that particular product. This kind of scenario is very evident today most especially in the computer industry. Just recently, the entire world was shaken by the release of these new generation computers – a hybrid class of notebook PCs that’s only 7 inch in diameter. In this series of posts, I will try to give a brief information about the four (4) most popular and latest Ultra Mobile Portable Computers (UMPCs) in the market today – ASUS’ Eee PC, Intel’s Classmate PC, HP’s Mini-Note, and Everex’s Cloudbook. In this particular post, I will be discussing the first one namely ASUS Eee PC.
- Display: 7″ CPU & Chipset: Intel mobile
- CPU & chipset OS: Linux/ Microsoft Windows XP compatible
- Communication: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet; 56K modem
- WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g
- Graphic: Intel UMA
- Memory: 512MB, DDR2-400
- Storage: 4/ 8/ 16GB Flash
- Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
- Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; Built-in stereo speaker; Built-in microphone
- Battery Life: 3hrs (4 cells: 5200mAh, 2S2P)
- Dimension & Weight: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg
ASUS Eee PC is an ultra-portable laptop designed by Intel and ASUSTeK. According to ASUS, the name Eee derives from “the three Es”: “Easy to learn, Easy to play and Easy to work.” ; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience. At the time of its introduction (last quarter of 2007), it was noted for its combination of light weight, Linux-based operating system, solid-state drive and relatively low cost.
The startup time of Eee PC takes about 10 seconds and a shutting down time of 5 seconds. The Asus Eee also uses a Linux based OS that Asus has customized themselves – making it very fast to start. Just because the OS is light doesn’t mean it doesn’t do much. There’s a ton of software features on board that will most definitely serve all of your basic needs. You can browse the web using FireFox, use Skype with the built-in web cam and microphone, open Word and Excel docs and edit them, view photos, listen to music files, use AOL IM, MSN messenger or just about any other major chat client via Kopete. In other words, all the basic functions you perform on a PC you can do on the Eee PC.