Americans Snagging the ASUS Eee PC 900. Where is Ours?!

If those Eee PC 900s could sing, they’d be belting out Neil Diamond’s “We’re Coming to America!” Andy Abramson, a friend of mine and a notable VoIP blogger, ordered an Eee PC 900 on eBay this past Saturday. It arrived yesterday at his home in California. Andy ordered his Eee PC from this eBay seller. The Eee PC 900 is priced at $600 by this seller, and since the system is located in Taiwan, shipping costs an additional $60. But Abramson and other eager Americans just couldn’t wait for ASUS to release the system in the U.S. later this May. He didn’t even want to try his luck entering our Eee PC giveaway! Abramson described the system as a lot sleeker than his original 4G. The screen is a huge improvement; he is much happier with the sizing of Web pages in the built-in browser. He even claims the system, running Xandros Linux, is performing faster. Though we’re not sure about that one, as the system has the same specs.   I spent 20 minutes checking out the Eee PC 900 in a Skype video call with Abramson (not on the HP Mini-Note!). He navigated to a bunch of Web sites. Not only did they load quickly over his wireless connection, but you could see the entire site on the widescreen monitor. Neither of us miss the speakers that used to straddle the screen. Abramson said the keyboard feels different. We were under the impression that there was no actual change to the keyboard. Can anyone else confirm this? He was impressed by the multi-touch trackpad. Thanks to the instructions on the pad, he’s had no problems getting it to work. We are patiently awaiting the arrival of our Eee PC 900 from ASUS, but the temptation is growing to go the eBay route. (Thanks to Andy Abramson for letting us check out his system.)

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  1. Hano Says:

    Actually the eee PC 900 series WILL seem to be faster than the earlier 701 eee’s because while the CPU’s are identical, the 701’s were underclocked from 900 MHz to somewhere in the 600-650 MHz range to enhance battery life.

    It’d be really interesting to hear what sized battery the gentleman received with his Taiwanese exported eee 900, if his warrantee is valid, and if there is a way to underclock the 900 [easily] to enhance battery life.

    Perhaps if you’re still in contact with the fellow, you could ask?

    [wiggles eyebrows]



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