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ASUS S121 now official

ASUS has made the bigger brother of sleek and stylish EEE S101 now official. Oddly enough, it is not carrying the EEE brand. May be it is due to the heavy price tag that it will carry.

Here are its specs:

  • 12.1-inch display
  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 250GB HDD
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 3 USB ports
  • 1.45kg
  • 4-cell battery li-poly (3600mAh)

Intel Atom Z520 processor for such a premium laptop/netbook? Why ASUS, why?

Also, for the first time, ASUS is giving the user the option to opt for the Windows Vista (basic version). Do not get scared, XP version is still available.

READ ASUS EEE S101 review

[ASUS S121 webpage]

Netbook Car Kit Mount

This universal netbook car kit mount will hold most 7″-10″ netbooks securely to your dashboard via either the rigid suction mount or the extra long flexi suction mount. This car it is ideal for anyone that requires to use their netbook in a vehicle, keep your netbook of your laptop and make it easier to operate.

You have the option of getting a rigid mount or long flexi mount.

Features:

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Secure
  • 2 x connection points
  • 2x different suction mount options
  • Sudden Weight Load: 15kg
  • Constant Weight Load: 5kg
  • Suitable width of device: 150~250mm
  • Suitable height of device: 175mm
  • Operating Temperature: -40 – 65
  • Lever Lifetime: 10,000 times

It costs just £19.99 and worldwide shipping is supported.

You can order from the following link

If Xandros is for netbooks, then Presto is for Laptops!

Xandros has unveiled the curtains-off the Presto, which is a platform that will allow users to do basic stuff like email, chat, web browsing, Skype or other applications. This is targeted to those people who are tired of waiting for the comparatively bulky Windows OS to boot. Xandros used their knowledge that they gained from the immensely popular EEE PCs. Xandros OS, that powers the linux-based EEEs booted up in mere 15 seconds on a fairly restrictive hardware. That included a desktop-class browser, full office suit and an array of useful utilities too.

Presto works over Wi-Fi, 3G, DSL, cable or standard Ethernet broadband networks. Even an application store has been made available for the Presto. Users can test the applications too at the website.

Presto has already been made available to the PC makers and will be made available for the public download starting from April 13 for very affordable $19.95.

[prestomypc] [via venturebeat]

Would the Netbooks die in near future?

An year ago, it was quite easy to differentiate a netbook from a notebook. But now, the differences between a netbook and notebook are getting blurred every day. We are already able to observe changes that occured in the netbook field in the past year. People yearned for bigger devices with bigger displays and more horsepower, which forced the Netbook manufactures to give people what they want.

Now, we hear announcements every day of some XYZ company coming out with netbooks with built-in DVD drives and bigger displays. One of the most important points that makes a netbooks easily differentiable from the notebook is the size of it. Companies like DELL and ASUS have already rolled out (or going to roll out) devices that are of size of notebooks.

So, the question arises if the Netbooks die in the future. Well, if the manufactures continue to come out with bigger and heavier netbooks, it would ultimately kill the whole point of netbooks, which is: portability. A fully featured netbook, which has 12-inch+ screen and has DVD drive weighing around 2kg is no different from any laptop (notebook) in the market.

Conclusion: The whole netbook concept would become a gimmick and Netbooks would merge with the notebooks in near future.