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Old 06-27-2008, 04:01 PM   #1
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Asus 901 as an ereader?

Asus 901 is supposed to have 7 hours of battery life, with a 8.9" screen, reads anything and everything. Would that be an ideal reader? I've been waiting for it to be available.
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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asus 901 us release date: July 8?

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I have a friend who has one already but I don't know where or how he got it. I have seen it though & he said he only paid $500 US for it. Has 20GB.
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I have a friend who has one already but I don't know where or how he got it. I have seen it though & he said he only paid $500 US for it. Has 20GB.
The 900 is currently available through a number of outlets in the USA. I'm not sure about the 901 -- nor how it differs from the 900.
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The 900 is currently available through a number of outlets in the USA. I'm not sure about the 901 -- nor how it differs from the 900.
The 901 is supposed to have better battery life than the 900. I have seen a 901 here in the Austin area ... but I think if I get another computer, it will be another tablet rather than a micro.
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The 901 is supposed to have better battery life than the 900. I have seen a 901 here in the Austin area ... but I think if I get another computer, it will be another tablet rather than a micro.
I'm loving my Mac so much, I might get a macbook next... perhaps if I sell my Kindle and my Sony it would pay for most of it.

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The 901 has increased battery life due to the Intel Atom processor it uses (previous 900 uses a Celeron proc). I want one desperately; not as an e-book reader replacement, but as a replacement for my heavy notebook (~2.7kg, Thinkpad). Here in Switzerland only the 900 is in store with no indication when the 901 will arrive.
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Isn't $650 alot for such a low spec machine?

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It's strictly a flash memory based machine, and flash is more expensive than hard drives. You're paying a premium for ruggedness and small format. Before the EEE PC's, you paid 1000 to 2000 for a micro laptop.

The one drawback is the screen attachment. It's the classic 2 point fold-up. Standard for a computer, but a pain for ebook reading. If somebody would make one of these things with a single joint the rotates 180 degrees, to mimic a tablet machine, the would have the perfect design. <Sigh> a dozen competitors have announced and not one with a single joint connection....
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It's strictly a flash memory based machine, and flash is more expensive than hard drives. You're paying a premium for ruggedness and small format. Before the EEE PC's, you paid 1000 to 2000 for a micro laptop.

The one drawback is the screen attachment. It's the classic 2 point fold-up. Standard for a computer, but a pain for ebook reading. If somebody would make one of these things with a single joint the rotates 180 degrees, to mimic a tablet machine, the would have the perfect design. <Sigh> a dozen competitors have announced and not one with a single joint connection....
I am starting to see this on DVD players so perhaps UMPC devices won't be far behind. They do need a few keys on the display so that you can read eBooks without needing the keyboard but quite doable I think.

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