Netbooked.net was able to get their hands on an Eee PC 1008-KR Karim Rashid Edition, and they’ve published a pretty in-depth review. They say that it feels more solid than other Eee PCs – in fact they’re saying that it’s a step up from the other netbooks produced by Asus. It’s not as thin as light as you might expect, but it’s still better than most netbooks. The beefier specs aren’t so bad too.
However, the netbook has a few shortcomings, mainly the 4-hour battery life (one battery) and the $500 price tag.
Netbooked.net lists the Asus Eee PC 1008-KR Karim Rashid Edition’s pros and cons:
- Thinner, lighter than most netbooks
- Soft touch chassis (almost rubbery)
- Matt lid, palm rests
- Great keyboard, no flex
- Edge-to-edge flush display
- Quiet (for non demanding tasks)
- Better specs
- Good Linux compatibility
- 8 hour battery life (with both batteries)
- Not as quiet as other netbooks
- Only 2x USB ports (instead of 3)
- 4 hour battery (with one battery)
- Can’t upgrade HDD
Speaking of specs, the Eee PC 1008-KR’s specs are:
Getting one with Windows 7 Home Premium is definitely a good deal, although I wish they could’ve sold one with Linux preinstalled or with no OS at all. heck, we’d like a cheaper Asus Eee PC. What do you think?