The Asus Eee PC 1000HE is Colorful

The ASUS Eee PC 1000 HE comes in 6 colors. But right now it’s only available in black or blue. If you want it in white… or another color, you may have to wait a little longer. Check out these high resolution images of the Eee PC 1000 HE.

Pink Eee PC S101H

Pink EeeASUS, pioneers of high fashion technology, today announced the launch of its new Pink Eee PC S101H. ASUS is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support the Pink Ribbon cause by donating a portion of each Pink Eee PC S101H sold.

The next generation supermodel of netbooks just got sexier! The conspinkous Pink Eee PC S101H is svelte, stunning and strikes a pose in a chic combo of pink ice and Swarovski crystal-adorned hinges with a remarkably shockproof figure. With its ample 170GB hybrid storage, as well as an abundance of features and flair, the Pink Eee PC S101H is a stylish companion for the fabulous fashionista.

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Dell & Intel Challenging Psion’s Trademark on the word “Netbook”

Looks like things are heating up with the netbook copyright wars. After Psion claims a trademark over the word “netbook”, Dell and Intel are challenging Psion.

In a nutshell, Dell claims that the term is generic and that Psion has abandoned the trademark. Psion hasn’t produced a computer with the netbook name in years, and currently only sells peripherals to support older machines. Psion was also kind of absent during most of 2007 and 2008 when the whole tech world started referring to a new class of computing devices as “netbooks.”

  • Intel claims that “there is no alternative term with any appreciable usage that describes the netbook category.”
  • Intel describes netbooks as “small, inexpensive, and contain less processing power, making them optimal for connecting to the internet (or “net).”
  • The company points out that chip makers, computer manufacturers, major retailers, and news organizations have all used the term to describe products including the Acer Asprie One, Samsung NC10, and MSI Wind.

Via Liliputing

Asus Eee PC T91

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Bit-tech.net was able to get its hands on the new Asus Eee PC T91 Net tablet. And this what they have to say:

Bit-Tech found the keyboard to be on the smaller side, which isn’t surprising given the small size of the laptop. It measures just about 8.5″ x 6.5″ x 1.1″ and weighs just about 2.2 pounds. Asus also plans to release a model with a 10 inch screen (the T91 has a 9 inch touchscreen display), but the larger Asus Eee PC T101H doesn’t seem to be making the press rounds as quickly as the T91.

The glossy touchscreen and the shiny bezel around the screen are prone to attracting fingerprints, which is unusual for an Asus netbook. As expected, the convertible tablet will come with an optional 3G modem, GPS receiver, and/or DVB-T television tuner. Asus says that while the battery is not removable, the computer should run for up to 5 hours on a charge, thanks to the use of the low powered Intel Atom Z520 CPU.

[via Liliputing]

ASUS Taiwan Rolls out Eee PC SSD Upgrade Program

From Techmonkey:

ASUS Taiwan is rolling out an SSD upgrade program for it’s Eee PC 901 lineup with the SSD drives.

Taiwanese owners of an Eee PC 901 SSD model can pay $1500 TWD ($43) and have their SSD drive upgraded to the next highest capacity. Apparently it seems to work like this: 4GB -> 16GB, or 12GB -> 24GB, or 16GB -> 32GB. They’ll have to take it to a local ASUS service center to carry this out. The 3G WWAN model is excluded from this offer. No word is this is going to occur elsewhere.

Asus to drop 8.9-inch Eee PC line

Asus is planning to drop their 8.9-inch Eee PC line in favor of the bigger 10-inch Eees. This is a good move, because even if 8.9 inchers may be cheaper, in the long run 10-inch netbooks have been proven to bebetter.

According to the company, they expect that their 10-inch systems will compose upwards of 95% of their netbook sales, with their much smaller 7-inch units making up the rest for special uses.

[via Techsport]

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ARM launches Sparrow multi-core CPU for netbooks

ARM has launched its new Sparrow multicore chips aimed at netbooks.

Sparrow is a small, inexpensive chip which shares its instruction set with ARM’s top-of-the-line Cortex A8 product, the chip used by the Palm Pre. While one Sparrow chip has about the power of an existing ARM11 (the chip in Apple’s iPhone and other leading smartphones), Sparrow can also be used in a multi-core setup to multiply performance.

The Cortex-A9 can deliver around 1500 DMIPS of processing capability per core, with up to four cores, according to an ARM presentation. (DMIPS are a measure of processor performance based on repeated integer calculations.) That’s at least triple the computing power of the ARM11 processors found in the iPhone and T-Mobile G1. The first public Cortex-A9 demo is coming from Silicon Partners at this show, running a multiprocessing-capable version of the Symbian OS.

Finally, netbooks can be just as powerful as bigger laptops! I can’t express how excited I am for this development.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE unboxing video

Save The Netbooks

Not netbooks exactly, but the term we use to call them. Psion, a company that put out a device back in the early part of the millenium bearing that name, has registered the trademark on that name a few years ago. Now they’ve started making moves to protect its trademark a few months ago. In fact, this month Google agreed that Psion has a valid claim to the trademark and started banning advertisers from using the term.

Now there’s a campaign to protect the name “netbook” from oblivion. Save the Netbooks features a countown (to doom?) till the deadline Psion has set when companies, bloggers, and journalists profiting off of the netbook name to start using a different term. This will be until the end of March.

What do you think? I like the term netbooks, but it sort of limits what netbooks can do; but there isn’t really a term that has the same ring as “netbooks.”

Eee PC S101, S101H, 1002HA

Portable Monkey has compared and contrasted the Eee PCs S101, S101H, and 1002HA. And this is what he has to say about the three netbooks:

The similarities of all three ASUS Eee PC S101, S101H and 1002HA can be confusing and honestly, I can’t see a point to the S101H. The S101H is as we know, “the S101 but with a hard disk drive, instead of an solid state disk” but it’s actually half way between the S101 and the 1002HA. The differences are all so minimal though and don’t amount to much. I would either stick to the 1002HA and save money, or go for complete mobility and battery life with the S101. The S101H is in the middle, no man’s land…

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