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ASUS Prices EeePC; Will Release EeePC November 1st

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The ASUS EeePC is getting a good share of press. It will the the first UMPC that will be offered at a reasonably low cost, unlike other industry contenders, which can cost $1000USD or more. On November 1st, America will start seeing ASUS EeePC models on store shelves, and ASUS finally confirmed prices, specifications, and release dates on the high-end $400 model. The other two models are $350USD and $300USD, respectively, and ASUS has yet to announce the specifications of those.

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What happened to $199 per unit? Around these parts you can already get one of them smaller cheapo Acer laptops for around $300. Laptops that specs-wise leave EeePC in the dust.
 
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Amen to that. I'm sorry for being so cynical, but at around $400 this thing seems like a waste of money.

Guess it's time to look on Ebay for a 3-4 year old subcompact notebook now, unless ASUS releases a model here at $200!
 
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Though, I'm sure some people might be interested in pre-ordering from allasus.com, where you can actually get the lower model for $259.
 
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Amen to that. I'm sorry for being so cynical, but at around $400 this thing seems like a waste of money.

Guess it's time to look on Ebay for a 3-4 year old subcompact notebook now, unless ASUS releases a model here at $200!
Well, I understand where you're coming from. However, you have to think...it's a laptop ;).

To make a car comparison. Kia/Hyundai makes a budget sedan for $11,000 USD. A new Nissan Sentra costs $15,000, and a used Ford Focus costs about $7,000 (talking base models here, to keep things simple). Each car will last tens of thousands of miles (my friend's '97 Mercury Mystique, the Mercury equivalent of the current Ford Focus) is at 190,000 miles and still going strong, Nissan cars are known to take a lot of damage and take a lot of miles before biting the dust, and Kia puts a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty on everything they make. All of the cars will last a while, all of them do a basic task...but some better than others. The Kia is truly base, the one my dad owns has no power steering/AC/radio (we put radio in later) and is stick shift (NOT a bad thing :D), but it was $11,000 new and does everything you need it to do. The Ford Focus is automatic, and prolly has power windows and locks, but...it's used. The Nissan Sentra is loaded with power everything, but starts at $14,000.

To make a long comparison short, you have to choose the individual model based on need and what it does for you, not because of the price point.
 

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Isnt this supposed to be a super green laptop?
 
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Well, I understand where you're coming from. However, you have to think...it's a laptop ;).

To make a car comparison. Kia/Hyundai makes a budget sedan for $11,000 USD. A new Nissan Sentra costs $15,000, and a used Ford Focus costs about $7,000 (talking base models here, to keep things simple). Each car will last tens of thousands of miles (my friend's '97 Mercury Mystique, the Mercury equivalent of the current Ford Focus) is at 190,000 miles and still going strong, Nissan cars are known to take a lot of damage and take a lot of miles before biting the dust, and Kia puts a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty on everything they make. All of the cars will last a while, all of them do a basic task...but some better than others. The Kia is truly base, the one my dad owns has no power steering/AC/radio (we put radio in later) and is stick shift (NOT a bad thing :D), but it was $11,000 new and does everything you need it to do. The Ford Focus is automatic, and prolly has power windows and locks, but...it's used. The Nissan Sentra is loaded with power everything, but starts at $14,000.

To make a long comparison short, you have to choose the individual model based on need and what it does for you, not because of the price point.
Good analogy! And I have to agree -- an individual should buy things depending upon what he needs, not just price.

However, there's a caveat to your story -- I happen to be a car mechanic, and could keep that Focus running for very cheap. ;) But, of course, that's just me.