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EEE PC … now with Windows

Although this is nothing new, Windows XP (and even Vista) can be installed on the EEE PC fairly easily. Now Asus are selling an EEE PC with Windows XP and a SD HC memory card for an extra ~£18 in Japan.

The point is doubtful – why release this machine? Considering following simple instructions can yield the same results on a normal EEE pc – a windows version for more money does not make sense. On the flip side, for only a small amount more, you get extra memory in the form of a SD HC card and a licensed copy of windows XP. Both of these additions would add between £60-90 (that can just be for an OEM copy of XP Home) to the price so getting both for such a small addition is a great bargain.

It does make me feel slightly ill at ease, a Free / Open Source Software targeted product being sold in Redmond flavour, the cynic in me believes that Microsoft are doing the same thing they are trying to do to the OLPC XO laptop – force F/OSS to the sidelines by offering nearly free windows. Mind you, at this price, you can get the SD HC card and install Linux over Windows XP and still get a bargain although its unlikely prices in the UK and USA will be so generous…

UPDATE 28/01/08: It appears it is going to be available in the US (and probably the UK too) however still no indication of pricing or availability yet…

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  1. February 10, 2008 at 6:26 am

    I had a little play with one of these small pcs and the idea is good, size is fine except the screen is way too small in both size and more importantly , resolution.
    My biggest gripe is that I think it is too expensive. For the same money AUD$499 (eee 4G model) , I can get a Compaq or Acer notebook with heaps more ability. AUD$399 maybe but the same as a low end notebook – no thanks.

    BTW thank you for the comment on the GoldCoaster blog

  2. February 10, 2008 at 11:06 am

    499.00 AUD = 229.222 GBP according to XE.com which is roughly the same price these machines are being sold in the UK. Its a shame and I completely agree with you, these machines fill a nice niche although they are no where near as feature rich as a low end laptop for a little bit more. They do have the key advantage of size (in terms of form factor) which is important as it differentiates them from out sublaptops. I dont mind the fairly low specs (it can run Vista after all) however I am concerned about the small screen (and resolution.) Even 1024×768 would be good on that type of screen but I guess it was an issue of cost and part availability.

    Who knows, maybe the next version will have something better! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. March 18, 2008 at 10:05 am

    the only deterent for me is the methods of software installation and the present lack of cpu//
    in a world where dual-quad core isn’t even enough_ I’m happy to wait and persuade as many people as possible to buy the legacy models_

    lets pray for a market crash 😀

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