Thursday, February 19th 2009

ASUS to Completely Phase Out 8.9-inch Eee PCs in 2009

According to Benson Lin, president of ASUSTeK's Asia-Pacific division, the company is all set to send away their 8.9-inch Eee PCs. Prompted by the fact that 10-inch siblings and even bigger models are becoming mainstream in 2009, ASUS will phase out its smaller netbooks. Of ASUSTeK's 2009 Eee PC shipments, 10-inch models will account for 95% of total sales, while the other 5% will be 7-inch models for telecom service operators, Lin said.Source: DigiTimes
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9 Comments on ASUS to Completely Phase Out 8.9-inch Eee PCs in 2009

#1
gumpty
What the hell? Here I was thinking that 9" was the sweetspot? 7" too small & 10" too big ... at least that's what the missus has been telling me. ;)

In all seriousness, given that the resolution is the same on the 10" models, 9" is what I was going to get - being smaller and all. I guess it wont's be an Asus then.:ohwell:
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#2
crazy pyro
I tell you now Gumpty, the NC10 with a ten inch monitor is BEAUTIFUL, I've no idea why asus are phasing out the 8.9" versions though, that's just odd.
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#3
newtekie1
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I think a lot of people were passing up the 9" model because the size difference isn't that big to jump to the 10" model, and the addition of a larger keyboard is nice for a lot of people.
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#4
crazy pyro
But the weight increase from the 7" models is negligible and their keyboards are impossible to use.
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#5
newtekie1
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The weight difference going from the 7" to the 10" is less than a pound, it doesn't really make a difference, the 10" models are still under 3 pounds.
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#6
crazy pyro
1.33 kg to be exact, that's a heavy bag of sugar (aka incredibly light). Heck, this one's lighter than any of my textbooks.
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#7
Urbklr
The reason no one was buying the 9" and under was because Asus doesn't know how to make a usable keyboard for them, 10" is the only one with an okay keyboard. I think 9" is the sweet spot, they are very small, and still have a big enough screen to use with no issues(Also most companies can make a suitable keyboard for them, check out the AAO's keyboard.)
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#8
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
honestly the best keyboard i have seen so far was the one in the 10.2" HP mini albiet the netbook is bad as far as quality goes the keyboard is great.
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#9
crazy pyro
You tried an NC10, I couldn't test out the dells in a shop so I ended up going for this one, it's lovely.
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