And the weirdest netbook name goes to…

Eee PC 1003HAG

… the Eee PC 1003HAG.

Seriously, what? From the picture above it looks like a pretty little netbook. It sure isn’t the hag the name suggests it is.

The 1000HAG also has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 PCU, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3 hour battery, and a 160GB hard drive. It runs Windows XP and is due out in Japan on may 16th for 69,800 yen or about $724 US.

160GB HDD Eee PC?

Spotted on Dynamism:

It seems that Japanese distributor Dynamism is taking pre-orders for a 160GB Eee PC 1000. It will be available on September 24. The $449.99 price tag seems to be for the 40GB GD and I’m pretty sure we’d see a significant price increase for the 160GB model.
Via EeePC.net

Asus Philippines Runs Hongkong Disneyland Promo

Asus Philippines' EeePC Promo

Asus Philippines has launched a promo whereby every purchase of an EeePC 701 gives the buyer a chance to win a trip to Hongkong Disneyland and a Hongkong tour.

ASUS gives you the chance to experience just how mobile the Eee PC is—not only in the comforts of your own home, school or office—but in a whole new country. Not alone either—but with your entire family.

Enjoy a Disneyland Package for 3 days and 2 nights, inclusive of roundtrip tickets from Manila–Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific, hotel accommodations, a whole day Disney tour, and a half-day city tour for you and your family!

Get a chance to be one of eight (8) lucky families of four (4) vacationing in Hong Kong by simply purchasing an Eee PC 701 2g or 4g models between July 22 to August 15, 2008 and send the important details like name, address, signature, and contact information on a sheet of paper, along with a photocopy of the sales invoice, billing statement or delivery receipt and a cut out portion of the box where the serial number is indicated (Customers can only send in one entry per sales invoice, billing statement, or delivery receipt.100 models on one receipt, for example, is considered to be one entry). Place entries in an envelope and sending it to 14 United St., Bo. Kapitolyo, Pasig City, 1603 before the draw date of August 20, 2008.

This contest is open to buyers in the Philippines. For more information, you can get in touch with Asus Philippines at (632) 738-0398 or 631-4715.

I wonder why they have not included the EeEPC 900 in this promo. Perhaps they intend to move the first-generation EeePCs faster. But the price drop of the EeePC 70x would perhaps be a big selling point (the 4G sells for about PhP 16,000 or approximately $350). With competition from the new Acer Aspire one (which sells for PhP 18,800 or $418) Asus has reason to be aggressive in marketing.

Here’s one thing that will give Asus a big edge: The EeePC 901. There are a handful of netbooks being launched this time of the year. But so far, in my opinion, the big advantage that the Asus EeePC 901 has over its contemporaries is its battery life. With the default setup (6-cell battery pack), the 901 can last up to 8 hours. Most others will only go up to 3 to 4 hours with the standard/default setups. With extended battery packs, other brands (like the Acer Aspire one) can go up to 7 hours, but in some markets (like the Philippines) these other netbooks are sold with the smaller battery packs.

At any rate, Asus is still the trailblazer in the netbook industry, I would say. I hope they come up with more innovative gadgets.

EeePC 900 Picky with RAM Modules

As reported on the EeeUser forum, the EeePC 900 is somewhat picky with RAM upgrades. If the RAM chip is not exactly spec’d like the stock RAM module, then the computer would be prone to freezing, especially when switching between battery and mains power.

And so I tried upgrading my EeePC 900 with a 2GB Kingston memory chip that I currently use on my Compaq B1200. It’s a PC2-5300 CL5 200-pin SODIMM with part number 9905295-052.AH0LF and serial number 900FE501.

I booted up fine on battery power, but when I plugged in the mains adaptor the screen garbled up.

I next tried an Apacer 1GB module with part number CS.01G2A.C00 thinking that it was supposed to be similar (it’s 1GB, after all). The system boots up fine both on battery and mains power. But when you switch from battery to mains, the system just freezes.

And then lastly I tried a Kingston 1GB module with part number 9905295-015.A00LF, and it’s the same with the Apacer chip.

The issue seems to be with running on “high performance mode,” which essentially means at a clock speed of 900 MHz. The EeePC 900 clocks down to 630 MHz when running on battery, to extend battery life. The system then goes back up to 900 MHz when plugged in, so the system is faster. This is with latter BIOS versions. In the earlier BIOS releases, the change is not dynamic. You have to select either power saving or high performance option in the BIOS, and the speed is static at either 630 MHz or 900 MHz.

Note that all of these above RAM modules worked fine on my 701.

Also, note that the RAM module that came with the EeePC 900 is an AData PC2-3200 (running at 400 MHz) with part number DOGC1A08342. I find it strange that the chip is a 400 MHz one. Even the original 512MB chip that came with my EeePC 701 was a 667 MHz one!

This means if you plan to upgrade your 900′s RAM, better make sure the module is compatible!

Welcome to myasuseee.com

Welcome to myasuseee.com. I’m a proud owner of an Asus Eee PC 701 since the other day, and I’ve decided to document my experiences with this little wonder.

Up close with the Asus Eee PC

I’m an avid laptop user. In fact, much of my work is done on laptops. My work involves managing a new media network, and running my own sites (both for fun and income). I’m also an aspiring photographer. I tend to lug around my gear wherever I go. Sadly, my 14-inch widescreen laptop is already killing my back whenever I go on trips (not to mention taking up space in my trunk or backseat). What more with carrying a dSLR body and several lenses? So I thought of getting myself an ultraportable.

The Asus Eee PC is severely underpowered by today’s standards, yes. But at that weight/size and price-point–it’s reasonable enough.

So join me in my journey as I document my day to day experiences with the Asus Eee PC. I’ll also share some news, tips and other information on this Christmas season’s must-have-gadget.

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