ASUS Releases Eee PC 901, 1000 Series U.S. Pricing

We just put the finishing touches on our full review of the Eee PC 901 12G XP, so we called ASUS to ask for final U.S. pricing. Our rep at ASUS was kind enough not only to give us an MSRP for the 901, but also pricing for the 1000 and 1000H series. However, he was careful to note that the prices for the 1000 series are “estimated and subject to change,” meaning that ASUS may adjust the amounts before release, but that this is their current plan.

  • Eee PC 901 (both Linux and Windows versions): $599
  • Eee PC 1000 (both Linux and Windows versions): $699
  • Eee PC 1000H (Windows version only): $649

While our rep told us U.S. specs are not 100% final for the 1000 series, we know from ASUS’ release at Computex that the 1000 series will sport a 10″ screen, the same CPU, and probably 40GB of SSD storage (as opposed to 20GB on the 901 and 900). The 1000H will be similar to the Eee PC 1000, except it will carry an 80GB hard drive instead of an SSD. To be fair, ASUS is not alone in its pricing as one of its main competitors, the HP Mini-Note starts at $499, but goes above $700 if you add the good stuff like a 6 cell battery and a 7,200 rpm drive. But as more mini-notebooks creep above the $599 mark, we have to ask: at what point do they become too expensive? At $599, the Eee PC 901 is clearly more expensive than a budget 15.4-inch notebook and, at a potential $699 price, the 1000 series is riding into mid-range notebook territory. Why just today we saw that Dell is selling a 15.4″ Vostro 1000 for $399. Heck, you can even get a ThinkPad R61e for under $550 at this moment. So, clearly, if you just want an inexpensive computer and don’t care about size, most mini-notebooks are not for you. You can get more storage, more processing power, a higher resolution screen, and a spacious keyboard for either the same or a lower price than most mini-notebooks. Really, though, you shouldn’t compare mini-notebooks to budget notebooks when you’re looking at prices. A mini-notebook isn’t meant to be your main computer; it’s meant to provide you with an extremely portable device for getting online and doing some other basic, but frequent tasks. Mini-notebooks are actually a huge bargain when you compare them to ultraportables like the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 (over $3,000), the MacBook Air ($1,800+), or the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 ($1,899). Sure, an ultraportable offers you a lot more functionality than a mini-notebook, but you can get the long battery life and small size of an $1,800 computer for over a thousand dollars less if you’re willing to make some trade-offs.

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  1. LastMaster Says:

    Its expensive, but definetly still worth getting. When you have powerful desktops, and gaming laptops are just too expensive. And other laptops just don’t catch your eye. A Eee PC is perfect for everything, except gaming ofcourse, but its Ultra Portable, and budget laptops can’t top that either.

  2. StinjuGown Says:

    Any idea when they’ll be on sale in the US? They’re going on sale on July 1st in the UK.

  3. me Says:

    These prices are insane.

    The MSI Wind, for example, is a far superior value and very high quality (per the review).

    How can anyone justify spending $150 more for the 1000H compared to the Wind? It’s ridiculous.

    Clearly Asus wants to be like Apple, and charge bedazzled masses extortion prices for their brand. But unlike Apple, they don’t have an exclusive OS to offer. MSI and other companies can do everything they can do and more. So it all depends on how far they can push the eee brand identity.

    I know one thing, the eee brand is not worth $150 more, that’s for sure!

    But suckers are born every minute… ;)

  4. tiger Says:

    asus has lost the battle, msi wind will kill eeepc dreams in a few days.
    $499 for a superior system, with 10″ screen and more good stuff is too much for Asus.

    i’m planning buying the XP version (1gb ram) and then install linux on it.

  5. Aluk Says:

    “Its expensive, but definetly still worth getting”. Sorry man, but I don’t think so. One can get new Lenovo x61 laptop on discounts for $900. I had had previous model and it was quite good: low weight, bigger screen than EEE, FASTER performance, good battery.
    $650 or even $700 for EEE – screw it.

  6. Cindy Says:

    The 900 came out in the US less than two weeks after the it came out in the UK so I am hoping for that. That means that in about a month my Eee PC 901 should be on its way! I have been waiting since about February for this! Admittedly, it is a little higher than I wanted to spend, but being able to take it on research trips with me and having space next to a microfilm reader to put it and not having to worry about plugging it in will make it well worth it.

  7. Marc Says:

    As more mini’s hit the market the pricing will become more competitive. Once the marketing giant Dell releases theirs evrything will change. I for one welcome the mini and will be defintiely buying one soon – but the questions will be which brand offers the best unit per dollar, and has service if/when you need it. AND, somewhere we’ll need to find a USB CD/DVD drive to load up software or watch the occasional move while in transit.

  8. tony2x Says:

    I may be missing something but $699 for the 1000 with the 40Gb SSD sounds like a bit of a bargain to me. If this is all available as HD storage then this sounds like a great deal, it makes the $1300 that Apple charge for the 64Gb SSD option in the air seem faintly ridiculous.

    I was considering adding an Air, but I would certainly consider adding either the 901 or the 1000. Oh but wait, that Dell one looks nice. Perhaps i’ll wait until everyone has got their next gen ones out.

  9. Mike Cane Says:

    Ouch. $600 for the 901 is much, considering the keyboard is just about what it was for the 7xx series.

    My heart is set on the MSI Wind. But I don’t know if it’s true love until I get to fondle it in person.

    My fallback might be the 901. Ouch.

  10. LongLasting Says:

    People keep asking for bigger screens, DVD’s, etc. Missing the point entirely. If that is what you want than you shouldn’t be looking at an Eee PC in the first place – get a Leveno X61 or Mac Air. The Eee is/was supposed to be a second laptop (or first time laptop for people like students) that wanted incredibly portable – LONG LASTING battery life – powerful enough to do most tasks. Email, surf the web, write papers, basic spreadsheets, etc. It is not supposed to be a powerhouse, an entertainment system, a game system, etc. SSD adds battery life. Bluetooth to connect to cell phone for internet access (no real need to pay for a second account if you phone has a data plan), WLAN, etc. but keep it simple. A USB or two if you need that external DVD player. For that matter, I am fine with USB based Ethernet. This is the box I carry on the plane – to the sales meeting, in the car, etc. – not my main everyday workhorse laptop. To me (and many of the fans of the original Eee PC) the biggest factors were:

    1) Size/weight
    2) Battery life
    3) Costs

    Stop trying to satisfy everyone under the sun by cramming more crap in there, reducing battery life and increasing price. We have Dell to do that for us.

  11. bansareth Says:

    This is so fit price

  12. Jane Says:

    Where can the 901 be bought?

  13. SomeGuy Says:

    Guys, dont get too excited for the MSI Wind. After all, its NOT the same as the 901.

    Here is my take:

    MSI Wind: Linux Version $400; Windows version: $550.

    # The Windows version comes with 1 GB of RAM; The linux version with 512 MB (too low)

    # Its size is about 4 cm larger, 1 cm wider the weight is about 200-300g heavier than the eeePC901. Thats 30% heavier.

    # No bluetoth for the Linux version (pfff)

    # It has a mechanical HD for both versions. I rather go SSD for this type of netbooks. Everyone can put you a mechanical hard drive, not everyone can put you a 20 GB SSD on a netbook. Lots lots of differences here. We talking heating, mobility, battery life, etc.

    # Battery for Linux is a 3 cells and Windows version 6 cells. 3 cells sucks really bad.

    # I think the Linux version is way under powered and not worth it. The Windows version is better, but its only $50 cheaper than the 901, so I would rather stick with eeePC 901′s specs. The lighter, smaller, and SSD is worth the $50 difference.

  14. Justin Says:

    quote:
    “Stop trying to satisfy everyone under the sun by cramming more crap in there, reducing battery life and increasing price. We have Dell to do that for us.”

    Yes, we have. See what’s comming up next…Dell Eee??

    oh, I shouldn’t have joked about that. :-P

    Dell Mini Inspiron to be Dell E, prices and specs up
    http://jkkmobile.blogspot.com/2008/06/dell-mini-inspiron-to-be-dell-e-prices.html

  15. Mi Yow Says:

    I think Asus have hit this whole thing right on the head. Brilliant work on their team to get all of these models released before the “coolness” of having a teeny laptop wears off. Think about it; as more people learn about their laptops, ASUS quickly release another more powerful and more expensive option – that is “better” than the others you saw – so you naturally want the “newer/better” one. So, as more people are interested, they sell more of the more expensive products. It’s really genius. And again, we will have bought up everything they had to sell us, way before we realize how boring they actually are or worst yet, how unreliable their hardware/software support is….

    It doesn’t hurt that they also have a really hot/sexy product. Release the dam 1000 in the states already…no more blogs or reports on it…I WANT IT IN THE STORE SO I CAN BUY IT!!!

  16. Tom Says:

    A question for the gadget pros here:
    We, as a company, plan to equip a school with a handful of netbooks. We are currently considering the MSI WIND, EEE 901 and eventually the Acer One.
    So I have two questions, you may help me with:

    1.) Which netbook has the most durable chassis in terms of build quality. I am not talking about SSD vs. HD oder niceness or form-factor, just which netbook doens’t wiggle, eek and squeezes?
    2.) Which netbook has the best screen? Not in terms of size (we are talking kids here and 9″ is smaller than 10″ – we know, we know) but in terms of max brighness (sitting outside with the kids?), color reproduction – simply which one – regardless of size – made you happiest?

    All the other information I was able to get from you articles – thanks again!

    Tom

  17. Chris Says:

    What’s keeping you from getting the XP version (great features, price) of the Wind, installing Linux on it, and eventually pushing it up to 2 G ram and 200+ HD, if thats what you want? Wind seems like an incredible deal to me, I hope to get one as soon as they become available.

  18. Fernando Says:

    Hi, I would like to know where to buy in the USA the Eeepc 1000H and the MSI Wind at a low price. Are both netbooks available now?

  19. Anonymous Says:

    i’m from the Philippines and i would like to say that the 1000H costs the same as the Wind here. imho, asus offering is much more superior to msi’s

  20. mininotebook seeker Says:

    I have an MSI motherboard and spec to spec price to price
    MSI WindBook RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THATS WHAT I AM BUYING THIS MONTH!

  21. Carl Says:

    This thread has gotten dated really fast. I went into my local Best Buy today and saw the 1000h for $379. Local sales tax is about 10%, but I can still buy the 1000h locally for less than any advertised eBay or web pricing.

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