Cool Tech

http://www.hothardware.com/Articles/Hands_on_with_the_ASUS_Eee/

A couple of times on your site, you’ve mentioned the usefulness of things like the BlackBerry. Being able to write your ideas down wherever you are, whenever you get them. I stumbled upon this little gizmo on some forum, can’t recall which, but it seems to do a hell of a lot better than the BlackBerry–it’s an actual laptop, so far as I can gather. It’s not a “media-rich” system, but it does the two most important things writers need: Internet and OpenOffice. It’ll cost around two hundred dollars, and that’s one helluva deal given AlphaSmart’s low-end word processor costs fifty dollars more and comes with not even half as much functionality. Admittedly, a three-hour on-the-go charge is no fun, but it’s a fair exchange given how much stuff you get to run with it.

The article mentions that it may hit mid-August. Cool tech anyhow.

Thanks to Paul A, who sent this to me.

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4 comments… add one
  • crystallyn Jun 22, 2007 @ 22:23

    After I posted that last bit, I turned to my husband and said, check this out…it’s actually pretty cool.

    He says, “What is it, a toilet?”

    I swear, sometimes I think I married an 8 yr old…

  • crystallyn Jun 22, 2007 @ 22:22

    This is pretty cool actually. I work in high-tech,in the mobile software sector and this is the first little gizmo that has piqued my personal interest in a long while (okay, so some of the cell phones LOOK cool but coolness vs. usefulness are often different factors). The price is totally right!

  • PolarBear Jun 22, 2007 @ 18:42

    Hmm. I paid five grand for a Micron laptop with that size hard drive back in Dec 1997.

    I usually think of ASUS for motherboards and video cards, but, really, what else is there to a laptop?

  • shawna Jun 22, 2007 @ 14:55

    Oh wow, that does look like it’s going to be a nice product. Here’s a link to a tad more info on the ASUS site:
    http://usa.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=7405

    It would be mighty convenient, and I can think of a great many people I know who can’t swing the $500-$1000 range for a laptop, but could do $200. I’ll be very glad to have something reasonable to point them at.

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