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Asus Dropping 7in & 8.9in Eee PCs


Asus Dropping 7in & 8.9in Eee PCs

We may have loved Asus' 7in and 8.9in Eee PCs when they launched but the 10.2in Eee PC 1000H is where it's at now. That's a sentiment echoed by Asus President Jerry Shen who has announced that all but 10in Eee systems will be slowly phased out - with no plan of replacement.

The Eee PC's success only seems likely to grow as the company is set to adjust pricing of mid- and low-end systems. 2009 should even see the launch of a $200 (~£130) Eee PC model which would be a pretty compelling option in this ever more budget-constrained climate.

The Eee PC range is currently contributing to some 22 per cent of Asus' revenue, which is pretty remarkable for a product only introduced a year ago. Interestingly of its Eee shipments, hard drive-based systems are outselling those with SSDs by 70 percent to 30 per cent of all units sold. Presumably most consumers are still set in the "more storage is better" mentality, not caring about the benefits solid-state storage can offer.




November 4, 2008, 6:45 pm

About time the 7" screens were removed from the range, but it seems very shortsighted of asus to remove their 9" ones when all they require is a better keyboard.


November 4, 2008, 6:51 pm

Would it really be cost effective to produce both a 9" & 10" model?


November 4, 2008, 7:04 pm

"Presumably most consumers are still set in the "more storage is better" mentality, not caring about the benefits solid-state storage can offer."

What a strange comment. Why is more storage not better? I bought a HDD equipped model because I valued the 10x greater storage capacity than than SSD models could offer.

I struggle to see what benefits the SSD versions offered over and above the HDD versions. They don't appear to be any quicker in operation, or improve battery life to any meaningful degree. The only benefit that I could see was the 100 odd grams of weight I could save. The 120gb hard drive allowed me to ditch my Ipod classic and use the eee pc as my portable media player as well.

Geoff Richards

November 4, 2008, 8:44 pm

Hi Marek,

For me, noise is one good reason to choose SSD over HDD. The hard drive in my Dell really bothers me when surfing the net late at night.

True, the hard drive option provides more storage but whether or not one needs that depends on one's personal usage. I have a desktop and a notebook, so a Netbook is mostly just for browsing, so I don't need 160GB. 12GB is more than enough.

Naturally, it's horses for courses which is why the option(s) are there - you can choose either way depending on your requirements.


November 4, 2008, 11:45 pm

i'd choose hard drive versions of almost anything. capacity over silence/better battery life/near enough indestructibility...

until, of course, SSD's manages to compete gig for gig with HDD's...


November 6, 2008, 4:41 am

James1000: Well each manufacturer seems to produce two dozen different notebooks so I can't see that two sub-12" models instead of one would be a problem.

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