At last, personal computing is becoming portable ….
and I don’t mean the hand-held palm mobile variety. I’ve been waiting to here about the release of the ASUS Eee PC $US399 with a compact and highly-readable seven-inch display. Running on a customized Linux operating system, it is said to respond far more speedily than its Windows counterparts, but it’ll run Windows XP quite happily, if you like.
The EeePC offers two types of intuitive interface, to let you choose how you want to use it. Using either the “Easy” or full desktop mode, you can use the built-in WLAN connectivity to communicate on the run, share photos from your trip before you get home, or do almost anything else online. Flash storage keeps the weight low – without a hard drive, this micro-monster weighs in at 0.89 kilograms ! In a few weeks Asus will release the $US499 version that has more ram and an 8g drive
With the 40 included applications, onboard webcam, high-speed internet capability, and exquisite sound, the EeePC finally heralds a shift in the way we can use small computing to work big!!
I can’t wait till the day comes when I no longer have to lug a normal laptop computer around! This seems like a perfect tool for students and others ‘on the go’ – the tool to use when you are not at your desk! This is a good addition to the small range introduced by the One Laptop per Child program.
Test drive the EeePC program interface online. Be impressed with the raft of tools and Web 2.0 type platform!