Asus Eee PC

Asus Introduces Three New Eee PC Netbooks: Seashell 1015, Diary 1016, and Prime 1018

March 2nd, 2010 by Michael A. Prospero, LAPTOP Reviews Editor

Seemingly as prolific as a herd of rabbits, Asus at Cebit 2010 announced three new netbooks to its porfolio, the Seashell 1015, the Diary 1016, and the Prime 1018. All three will have 10.1-inch displays, but each will have its own twist on the netbook experience.

The sveltest of the three, the Eee PC Prime 1018, is just 0.7 inches thick–the same as the MacBook Air. It looks similar, too, owing to its aluminum case, although it will be available in four colors. Asus added a few new features to this netbook, including USB 3.0, a fingerprint reader, and a frameless 10.1-inch display. Judging by some hands-on pictures (thanks Joanna), the mouse buttons are integrated into the touchpad, much like the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and the HP Mini 210.

Like the 1018, the Eee PC Diary 1016 also has an aluminum chassis, and will have a battery that lasts up to 14 hours. According to Asus, the “new Eee PC Diary Series has been designed specifically for mobile professionals who are looking for a reliable and long-lasting ultraportable.”

Finally, the Eee PC Seashell 1015 is a refresh of the current 1005, but will offer up to 14 hours of endurance (so says Asus), and, unlike previous Seashell models, will have a removable battery. Like the other two models introduced today, it will also have mouse buttons integrated into the touchpad itself.

Asus has yet to release specs or pricing for any of these notebooks, but it’s a safe assumption that they’ll probably use an Intel Atom N450 or N470 processor, run  Windows 7 Starter, and come with 1GB of RAM. More details as we get them.

New 7-inch Eee PC, the 701SD Emerges

July 31st, 2008 by Joanna Stern

The leaked slide of the new Eee PC models was a glimpse into the additional models that ASUS would release. And the 701SD on the bottom of the pyramid was eye grabbing. It begged the question: What will ASUS do to revive its original 7-inch form?

Well these new pictures that have emerged give us a good idea. From the looks of it, the Eee PC 701SD will be built in a similar chassis to the 901 but lacks the rounded edges. The lid has the new Eee logo in the top right corner and is covered in a black and white matte finish.

The touchpad button has a divot separating the right and left click button, which if you recall, the original 701 did not. Other than that, the keyboard looks to be the same as the original.

According to this leaked ASUS Eee PC roadmap slide, there are a few 701 SDs expected: 701, 701SD(30G HDD), 701SD, 701SD-4G. Interesting that one will sport a 30GB hard drive considering its SD tagged name. We don’t know any more about specs, other than that we are expecting it to run Intel Atom.

We have got lots of pictures in our gallery below. Did we miss any details?

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Eee PC 1000H Runs Vista Home Premium with Very Few Hiccups

July 28th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

According to our buds JKKMobile and Kevin O’Brien over at Notebook Review, Vista running on Intel Atom powered mini-notebooks isn’t only not bad, it works like a charm. In fact Kevin proved that installing Vista on the MSI Wind made it faster; benchmarks, such as WPrime, were higher in Vista over XP.

Vista better than XP on a mini-notebook? Puzzling? Yep. I had to see it to believe it. So loading Vista Home Premium onto the Eee PC 1000H was my weekend activity.

Simple Install, Drivers Needed
Installing Windows Vista Home Premium onto the Eee PC 1000H was a breeze and took about 45 minutes. When I first went to boot the system I was, of course, missing all the necessary drivers. ASUS lays out all the necessary drivers of the 1000H on its Web site and even though they are designed for XP they each work flawlessly in Vista.

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ASUS Planning Eee PC Hard Drive, Optical Drive, and 3G Card

July 24th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

ASUS, you crazy company, you. Not only did we hear news this week of a new ASUS Eee PC 1000HD, but it looks like some new Eee PC accessories are coming on the scene. Why not add more accessories to the seemingly already-huge Eee PC family?

We don’t have any official announcement on these and we don’t know whether they will ever come to the U.S., but these pictures, first posted by our friend Sascha at, look very legitimate.

The first accessory is an Eee PC external hard drive (or Eee Drive). From the pictures, the black glossy square drive has an extending USB port. Perhaps this will come bundled with smaller SSD versions of the system, or it will just be an added upgrade for those have used up all their mini-notebook space.

Also appearing on the scene is an external Eee PC optical drive (or Eee Writer). Not much to say about this but it sure will help with the restore discs that ASUS provides in the Eee PC boxes.

Saving the best for last, ASUS has come up with a branded 3G connection card called the T500. The card seems to fit into a USB port.

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Would You Buy a Mini-Notebook from Your Wireless Carrier?

July 10th, 2008 by Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director

A couple of days ago, we interviewed Henry Kwan of ECS about the G10IL, who told us that, outside of the U.S., his company’s new mini-notebook will be sold by wireless carriers with mobile broadband in much the same way they sell phones with voice plans. Sign a long-term contract for wireless Internet and get your mini-notebook at a much lower price or even for free.

Today, our buddy James Kendrick of jkontherun has posted about a wireless provider in Japan that is giving away an Eee PC (we’re not sure which model, but it looks like a 7-inch unit) with external wireless modem for less than $1 in exchange for signing a two-year contract for wireless broadband service.

This leads us to an obvious question: would wireless-carrier-subsidized mini-notebooks sell in the U.S.?

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ASUS To Finally Lower Price on Original Eee PC 900

July 8th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

Our buddy Brad Linder at Liliputing spotted ASUS offering a $100 rebate on its $549 Eee PC 900s. This would bring the price of the Xandros Linux, 8.9-inch and Intel Celeron M powered mini-notebook down to $449. The rebate seems to be available right now on ZaReason.

This seems like a smart move on ASUS’ part since its 901 and 1000 series (and maybe even a 903, 904) sporting the latest Intel Atom processor will be the likely choices by consumers and retailers. Of course eventually, you will be able to get an MSI Wind for $499 and that will sport a larger 10-inch screen and the Atom processor. What this price drop doesn’t answer is if an Intel Atom Eee PC 900 is headed our way for $399.


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

July 7th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

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 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!

Add Another to the Eee Family, “Eee Monitor” Revealed

July 1st, 2008 by Joanna Stern

If Eee mania hasn’t set in yet, it’s about to. Earlier this week pictures of the Eee PC 903, 904, and 905 were leaked. Joining these “unofficial” pictures of new Eee PCs are some shots of the Eee Monitor, or what looks to be an Eee PC all-in-one, which was first talked about by the Taiwanese company at Computex 2008.

Our ASUS rep had no specs on the monitor or availability. However, based on the photos, we’re wondering whether this is actually a monitor or a new all-in-one PC or a rip off of the iMac.

To our discerning eyes, the monitor looks to be 19 to 20 inches and has a webcam centered on top of the display. Below the screen are controls for adjusting the brightness and contrast. The right side of the display sports 2 USB ports and a card reader.

In addition to 4 USB ports, the back of the monitor is strangely equipped with two Ethernet ports, three audio ports, one for a mic, and 2 audio-outs. What we don’t see is a VGA or DVI port, making us wonder whether this is meant to be a monitor for an Eee PC or a self-contained all-in-one computer. If it’s meant to serve as a monitor, it must also double as a docking station, because otherwise there’s no reason to have Ethernet and audio ports.

The Denon logo on the bottom right of the display indicates that this potential all-in-one may have a built-in Denon amplifier and speaker system. If it is a standalone system, we suspect its CPU is none other than Intel Atom, but other than that we have no clue what’s inside. The Eee Monitor has been rumored to have a built-in TV tuner and a starting price of $500.

We have all the shots you could dream of below.

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Eee PCs 903 and 904 Headed Our Way?

June 30th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

Could ASUS finally be listening to our complaints about the tiny keyboard on the 901? DigiTimes and Engadget reported this morning that “Asustek Computer is planning to launch new Eee PC models, the 904 and 905, which have an 8.9-inch panel but use a similar chassis and keyboard as the company’s 10.2-inch models.”

Of course that was just a rumor, until my friend Sascha over at posted some pictures of what looks to be an Eee PC 903 and Eee PC 904 (links in German).

The Eee PC 903 (picture after the jump) looks puzzling. It seems to lose the fancy build of the 901 including the silver hinge and dedicated shortcut buttons along the top of the keyboard. It resembles the Eee PC 900 more than anything else.

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Eee PC 1000H Much Faster With SSD Upgrade

June 28th, 2008 by Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director

A few weeks ago, we took the 5,400 rpm Western Digital Scorpio hard drive out of the MSI Wind and replaced it with a SanDisk SATA 5000 SSD. We hoped the boot time would be better and that applications would load more quickly, but in a day or two of anecdotal use with the SanDisk SSD, we didn’t notice any performance improvement. At the time, we noted that the SanDisk SATA 5000 is not a very fast SSD and that we regretted we had not had time to do any firm testing before we had to return our review model Wind to MSI.

This week, when our friends at DV Nation lent us a blazing-fast 64GB Samsung SATA II SSD, we couldn’t wait to install it in our Eee PC 1000H and this time run a complete battery of real-world tests to see how much a difference a high speed SSD can make in a mini-notebook.

With the easily accessible upgrade panel on the Eee PC 1000H, we were able to swap out the system’s default 5,400 rpm hard drive, a Seagate Momentus, with the Samsung SATA II in minutes. After installing a fresh copy of Windows XP Home SP2 with all the ASUS drivers and utilities, we were ready to put the system through some tests.

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