Asus Eee PC 900 16GB for $399 Tip-Toes On the Scene

I almost didn’t believe Liliputing’s post about a 16GB Linux Eee PC 900 hitting the market. I mean why would ASUS update its Eee PC 900 (see review here) when its 901 and 1000H are sporting Intel’s Atom processor? And why would the 900 16GB be $150 less than the original 900 20GB Linux version? But a search of Amazon.com confirms that the Eee PC 900 running Linux will be hitting the market with an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of space. Best part? It will finally have the $399 price point it should have had from the start. Confused? We sure as hell are. Why is this model with 4GB less space and a faster processor be $150 less than the orginal Eee PC 900 for $549.99? We have contacted ASUS and hope they have an answer on this topic. We want answers!

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  1. Nova Says:

    What the…?

    This confirms what I already suspected – Asus is officially insane.

    They’re releasing Eee models left and right, with all sorts of strange prices and weird configurations. There’s the way overpriced 1000 series, and now this 900 for $400.

    Of course the real problem is finding any of these new netbooks for sale. Winds are still impossible to actually buy in the USA, and so are these new Asus models. It would be very nice if one fo these companies would consider stooping low enough to sell us some. Or maybe that’s asking too much.

  2. rainbow Says:

    ^Agreed. What is this, ASUS?

    All this from the 701..
    Then the pointless 900..
    Then what everyone had their eyes on, the 901..
    Then the Ebox..
    Then the 1000 and 1000H..
    THEN the oddly strange 904..
    Then the all in one ‘Eee Monitor’
    And now, a 900, with 16GB capacity and an N270 Atom processor for just $399?

    I know Asus are trying to expand the range and options for netbook users, but doing it this fast? To be honest all this doesn’t look planned, just out of the top of their heads, but that’s not the problem, like you said, Nova, getting our hands on one is a problem worse then the prices Asus set. Australia was meant to get a July 8th release today and guess what? Nothing..

    It actually looks like MSI and Asus are sitting back waiting for who releases their little bundle of joy first; both models are nowhere to be seen! Unless you take a trip to Taiwan, which I’m not prepared to do but hurry up! We cannot wait any further, reviews and pictures are nowhere as good as the real thing..

  3. Oli Says:

    Its weird, im in Australia and was looking to get a wind presuming it would be cheaper than an eee,
    turns out the wind sells for a rrp AU$699 with only a 3 cell battery while you can get a eee 901 for AU$650…

  4. AMD Says:

    Well, I got one today. Model EEEPC900-W047, white (the black one is EEEPC900-BK041) , the CPU is not Atom, it is still Celeon M, and it runs Linux.

    It works flawlessly!!!

    This is sweet point of the eee PC. You get a 8.9 inch LCD which is large enough but still keep the foot print small. You get 1 GB of RAM which is more than enough to run XP or Linux and you get a single 16 GB SSD so that you do not need to deal with that odd internal 4GB SSD. In short, it is the 20 GB model less the 4 GB internal SSD.

    Why Asus did this? I can see two reasons:

    1. They are under pressure from MSI Wind, Gigabyte M912, Cloverbook, HP. They got almost entire market, but they are loosing ground. The $549 price tag for a EEE PC 900 or 901 just does not fly. For that price, I can get a full featured Compaq C700 for less (Actually Bestbuy has this Compaq on sale for $399.) So they want to keep the market share. So they lower the price on the exiting 900 models.

    2. They have ordered too many old Celeron M and Intel can not handle the demand for Atom so Asus could not get enough Atom. Then they had too many 16 GB SSD on hand and not enough 4GB (the 4GB is actually at a higher grade than the 16 GB in terms of lifespan.) So they make this 16 GB model just to dump all the inventories.

    The $399 is really the best price of the sub note books. I expect this will be the real upgrade for many 70x owners to look forward to. And I expect Asus will put a real Atom in this model if this sells well.

    The problem is right now no retailer are pushing this model. They are pushing the old 900 (12GB and 20GB) with $100 rebate. Of course, the retailers make more money with the old 900s. This is why the 16GB model does not even get a picture on most retailer’s site and can not be searched on their site (you can still google it by typing the model number in Google) although they do carry this model.

  5. tRICKY Says:

    The thing with the newer models like the 901 I noticed was the battery life. The 6 cell battery provided by the 901 claims 7+ hours of battery life whereas the 900 only 4 hours

  6. asdf Says:

    this model has a slower SSD than the other models

  7. Dan Says:

    Yeah, the SSD is MUCH MUCH slower than other models. Running XP, which writes to the disk ALOT, it completely freezes for several seconds very very frequently, during which you can’t do anything. It’s very annoying, and it makes web surfing very irritating. Low end games don’t seem to be affected though. I’m upset I didn’t get something with ANY different kind of a hard drive. Looks like I’ll pay another $150 bucks for a better SSD, which brings the price up to $550, which isn’t very good for something that plays videos very poorly. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.

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