YAEC: Emtec gdium EM-PC ultra-portable

Emtec gdium EM-PC ultra-portable

YAEC = Yet another EeePC clone…… but for once the company has put a bit of thought into it’s design. We’re impressed with the non-EeePC look!

Their website tells us it will be on sale in July for A$449 (US $420), that it has an 8.9″ 1024×600 pixel screen, and that it doesn’t have an internal hard drive – instead it uses a USB flash drive to load a linux operating system.

What they forget to tell us is what processor it has and how much memory, but why worry about the little details, right?

Back to the (probably very slow) USB drive: They call it a GKey and the idea is that the OS is on there along with all your files and some security software so you can keep it with you and plug it in anywhere to access your files.

They suggest using it in internet cafes, in school labs, at friends’ houses….. I foresee a lot of customer support calls from people who don’t realize many of those places restrict access to USB ports.

Emtec via engadget

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow

EeeUser Forums have tested the read/write speeds of the solid state drives (SSDs) shipping with the EeePC 900 and found one of them to be lacking in performance.

The EeePC 900 comes with two SSDs: a 4GB one with the operating system and a 8GB (XP) or 16GB (Linux) one for your data – they system drive performed adequately (faster than the older EeePC 700) but the data drive was slower than a retiree in an oldsmobile “out for a leisurely drive”.

Head on over to EeeUser forums for their full testing results, and don’t go planning on using that 8/16GB SSD for efficient dual booting.

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow via liliputing

YAEC: the KL-PC701


Yet another Eeepc clone: this one is the KL-PC701.

Nothing really exciting in the spaces department: 7″ LCD at 800 x 480 pixel resolution, XBurst 400 Mhz 32-bit processor, Linux 2.4 operating system, 10M/100M Ethernet connectivity, Wi-Fi connectivity, 128MB RAM, 512MB NAND flash memory, SD memory card slot, USB 2.0.

Wholesale price (for 100+ unit order) is $195. Why is it so cheap? because they forgot to include a hard drive or decent sized SSD.

KL-PC701 via ubergizmo

Eee PC 901 adds Atom and Bluetooth for $650

The Eee PC 901 is the next upgrade to Asus’ line of ultra-portable laptops.

The 901 builds on the growing success of the Eee PC 900 by adding a battery life boosting Intel Atom processor and integrated bluetooth, plus some cosmetic touches such as metallic alloys accents to the keyboard, touchpad, and hinge.

It will be released (probably in Asia first) on June 3rd for “below” $650.

What isn’t clear is if that price is for a Windows XP version and whether there will be a less expensive Linux version. If that is the Linux price then the Eee PC 901 will face stiff competition from the slightly larger but substantially cheaper MSI wind.

Eee PC 901 via Digitimes

Is this the Eee PC 901?

Is this the Eee PC 901

Is this the Eee PC 901? This picture (along with others) was posted on French blog “blogeee.net” and is supposed to be the Eee PC 901 (The just released ultra-portable Eee PC 900 updated with an Intel Atom Processor).

Eeepc.net feels they aren’t real due to the lack of ASUS branding in the center of the cover. Personally we are 50/50 about it’s authenticity but we just wish Atom processors were here already.

What do you think? real or fake?

Is this the Eee PC 901 via eeepc.net

Asus Eee PC 900 Review

Asus Eee PC 900 Review

The Eee PC 900 with Windows XP is the subject of a new review posted at Brighthand.

Here’s what they thought of it:

“What is the point of paying $550 or more for a laptop with significantly less performance than similarly priced 14-inch and 15-inch notebooks? Yes, the Eee PC 900 is small, but if you have to sacrifice both performance and cost for the convenience of size then it simply isn’t a very good deal.

In short, if you’re in the market for a low cost travel notebook the original Eee PC 4G is still a great notebook. We’ll pass on the Eee PC 900 at its current price. “

Asus Eee PC 900 Review at Brighthand

ASUS Eee Box photo

ASUS Eee Box photo

Chile Hardware is claiming to have a photo and insider information on the ASUS desktop version of the best selling Eee pc: The Eee Box.

The photo above shows their photo compared to the concept photo and they say the first Eee Boc – the B202 – will be shown at Computex 2008 in Taiwan June 3-7.

Specs of the Eee Box B202 are supposed to be an Intel Atom Processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, and a 80GB hard drive.

Eee Box at Engadget