Friday, October 26, 2007

Asus Eee PC Rocks!

Folks in the educational technology community will no doubt be aware of the OLPC project championed by MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte. Conceptualised as a poverty alleviation scheme, Nick's vision is a US$ 100 sub-notebook to get kids communicating and sharing over Wifi networks. And it's packed with learning oriented software and an innovative user interface.

However, like the X-Prize has spurred low-orbit travel innovation, Nick's cheap laptop has got Chinese and Taiwanese vendors to think differently about how laptops are made (and used). Intel at first disparaged the effort, and then came up with their own 'Edu-wise' subnotebook.

The next phase of this revolution is the much anticipated launch of the Asus Eee PC subnotebook. Imagine this: The Asus "Eee PC 8G" is pre-configured with 1GB of RAM, an 8GB SSD, and webcam for US$ 399. And for only US$ 299, you get 4GB SSD, a bit less RAM and no webcam. This little puppy rocks! If nothing else, it will be a wonderful ebook reader.

For more information check out the official Asus Eee PC website, view a recent video review, or discuss it.


Kelvin Quee said...

Bill, just to share with you a blog for EEE users!

I think we can anticipate a rather active community forming around this product. It has capture the minds, hearts and souls of many.

Anonymous said...

I loved this pc!
Eee PC means ""Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play."
In my opinion it's way better then OLPC project since it has more system power.
Have you seen this video review made by The Dallas Morning News?
I don't know about you, but I will buy one for christmas! :D