eee 901 News and Updates

Fujitsu M2010 Netbook – just a drawing of some random netbook?

A forum member at UMPCfever has posted a hand drawn picture of a new mysterious netbook from Fujitsu. It has been named M2010 and will be unveiled in the month of July (2009). By the looks of it, it seems to have a 10-inch screen. But, the netbook in that picture looks like any other netbook in the market. If you ask me, it looks more like EEE 1000H or EEE 901 with smaller touchpad. The month of July is not far away and if you ask me, it will be too for difficult for Fujitsu to leak just hand drawings to the world before its launch.

ASUS reduces the price of EEE S101 to just 499 euros

The price of ASUS’s flagship EEE model faces second price drop with now the price dropped to mere 499 euros. Although, it still may be a lot compared to the competition, but its super sleek looks makes up for the high price tag.

The price drops are not restricted to just S101. Even the 901 is down to 249 euros.

We will be publishing the review of S101 in couple of days. So, stay tuned

[via fudzilla]

Asus offering SSD upgrade for EEE 901

Asus Taiwan is going to start SSD upgrade program for Eee PC 901 lineup. I think may be pay around $1500 TWD ($43) and your SSD will be upgraded to the next highest capacity. It goes like this:

  • 4GB to 16GB
  • 16GB to 32GB
  • 12GB to 24 GB

Note: it is clearly mentioned in the below given press release that no upgrades will be offered to the ones with built-in 3.5G

ASUS Press release [via x-gadget]

credit: Ai via contact form

ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance [Netbook]

ASUS EEE S101 is the ASUS’s flagship EEE model. The S101 promises style together with function. I received the unit yesterday and I immediately put it to test which should give you an idea about its SSD performance. Here is the screenshot of CrystalDiskMark benchmark test:

ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance

Let me do some comparisons with some other netbooks that use SSD:

1) ASUS EEE 901: Clearly, the S101’s SSD is faster than the 901’s SSD

ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance

2) ASUS EEE 900: The SSD used in 900 was highly critisized for the extremely slow SSD write speed. Here are its figures:

DISK C: (4GB internal SSD):

Sequential Read: 36.61,  Sequential Write: 15.20
512K Random Read: 39.25, 512K Random Write: 5.059
4K Random Read: 7.233, 4K Random Write: 0.062

DISK D: (16GB internal SSD):

Sequential Read: 30.21,  Sequential Write: 13.00
512K Random Read: 30.95, 512K Random Write: 2.498
4K Random Read: 8.715, 4K Random Write: 0.025

Let’s talk about practical usage because sometimes the benchmarks can be decieving. The S101 feels adequately fast for day-to-day activities. It boots up quickly; shuts down quickly and perforrms well with normal tasks like browsing and office editing. These will be discussed in more detail in the full review which will be published within a week.


ASUS EEE S101 SSD performance review

ASUS claims that the EEE PC S101has 62GB storage memory. Well, out of that, you get only 16GB SSD space. This may make you wonder where the rest of storage space that the ASUS claims it to it be there? Well, here is how the storage memory is divided:

  • 16GB SSD
  • 16 SD card
  • 30GB EEE Storage

Out of 16GB, you get 14.9 usable SSD space onto which the OS is installed (in this case, Windows XP). And yes, the 16GB SSD card is included in the box. UPDATE: read ASUS EEE S101 COMPLETE REVIEW HERE.

note: EEE 901 and 900’s benchmark figures taken from ultrabookindia.info site (related post this)

Learn more about EEE storage here.

ClarionMiND MID from Clarion coming soon [MID]

Clarion joins the MID and also a portable navigation system powered by Intel Atom processor. Hardware-wise, it is pretty weak. It comes with quite low capacity 4GB SSD with mere 512MB RAM. And don’t get your hopes up by the Intel Atom processor as the clock speed is quite pathetic, 800MHz. On the funny side, the Clarion calls the WVGA 800×480 resolution screen high-resolution.

It comes with Google Maps and offers full Internet Browsing thanks to (custom version of) Firefox.

It also offers traffic updates provided by Traffic.com. Although it has just 4GB SSD, but it comes with micro-SD slot, which lets you to expand the memory easily. Clairon’s new MID is intelligent enough to switch from mobile mode to car mode when placed into Car’s cradle.

Features and Specs:

  • 4.8” WVGA (800×480) LCD display with Touch-Screen
  • Intel® Atom™ Processor
  • 800MHz Clock Speed
  • 512MB DRAM
  • 4GB SSD Flash Memory
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Built-in Bluetooth® 2.0 + EDR Dial-up Networking (tethering)
  • Built-in GPS Antenna/ Receiver
  • Built-in Amplifier and Speaker
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • 2 USB Ports (Standard/ Mini)
  • Headphone Jack
  • microSD Card Slot
  • One Touch Keys
  • Docking Station Connector

Price is not so friendly. You will have to shell out $699 to get yourself one of these MIDs. Personally, I find it quite over-priced considering the fact that it comes with a low powered processor and pathetic amount of RAM.

[ClarionMiND link]

ASUS admits that EEE PCs are not selling like hot cakes [Netbook]

ASUS recently disclosed their inventory data a couple of days back and said that the ASUS is unlikely to profitable in quarter 1, 2009.  Infact, he said that the company is doing everything to clear the inventory. But, what caught our eye was the fact that ASUS EEE PCs are not selling at the rate the company wanted it to.

With the stiff competition from ACER, HP, Samsung and DELL, such a result was quite expected. On the other hand, netbooks are also getting a lot pricier than before, which would mean less buyers. Not everyone is going to spend $550 on a netbook like ASUS S101.

[digitimes]

Review: EEE PC system shrinker

The EEE PC with SSDs come with not-so-spacious space. The EEE PC 701 comes with just 4GB SSD. Out of this, a lot of storage space is taken by the OS itself. Now, not all of us have the time and courage to nlite the Windows XP OS. Those who have installed full Windows XP on their system have to deal with low-disk space problems.

ASUS understood this and they have come up with EEE PC system shrinker: A utitlity that cleans your system by deleting unnessary files. The system shrinker is a stand alone application and thus can be put anywhere on your system. It is also very small in size (just 272kb).

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Quick Look – Lenovo IdeaPad S10

I’d a chance to play with Lenovo Ideapad S10 at the International Trade show, New Delhi. After my introduction with their product manager at the booth, I used the unit for nearly half-an-hour. Unfortunately, I had not previously decided that I would be going to the Trade Show so I was not carrying my digital camera with me. So, I was left with no option but to take pictures from my HTC Diamond. Also, since this is going to be my quick thoughts, don’t consider it to be final review.

Here are the quick specifications of the Lenovo S10:

  • 10.2″ WSVGA (1024 x 600) display
  • 1.6GHz N270 Intel Atom Processor
  • 1GB  DDR2 SDRAM @ 667MHz
  • Windows XP Home Edition
  • 1.3MP camera
  • 160GB HDD @ 5400rpm
  • Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
  • Broadcom 11b/g Wi-Fi wireless and Bluetooth
  • 4-in-1 Media card reader and ExpressCard slot
  • 3-Cell Li-ion battery
  • Size 9.8″ x 7.2″ x 1.2″
  • Price: $499 (Rs 25000)

Design, Build Quality

The unit I used was black in color. The unit was solid and the body is plastic. The plastic was quite tough and does not flex at all, which is a nice thing.
READ full review here
Quick Look  Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Display

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Orange announces Eee PC 901 with integrated 3G

Orange has just launched the ASUS EEE PC 901 with integrated 3G. What does this means? This means that you won’t have to use the Icon 225 dongle to get onto the network.

The specs of the original 901 have not changed much, but this time the 3G connectivity is on-board, thus eliminating the need for the dongle.

For £25 per month, you can get one with “Internet Everywhere” plan which has 3GB data allowance and 100 texts. There are two colors to choose from: black or pink. One for you and one for your lady :!:

Here is the actual press release:

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