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Asus Ultra-Thin Netbook Goes Official, Under $200

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Various online retailers are now taking pre-orders for the super-slim Asus Eee PC X101 netbook.

Who said the netbook was dead? Not Asus who on Thursday officially launched the ultra-thin, MeeGo-based Eee PC X101. As promised earlier this year, the device sports a $199 pricetag and will begin shipping in September although several online vendors like PCSuperStore and Directron are already taking pre-orders.

Under the hood (what there is of it), the netbook sports a single-core Intel Atom N435 or N455 processor, 1 GB of DDR3 memory (up to 2 GB max), 8 GB of SSD storage, 2 GB of DropBox cloud storage, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity on the 2.4 GHz band, a 0.3MP webcam and a 10.1-inch LED backlight WSVGA (1024 x 600) screen.

Other features include a 3-cell battery offering up to 4 hours, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD / SDHC / MMC card reader, Bluetooth v3.0, stereo speakers and a headphone jack. The netbook measures just 262 x 180 x 17.6-mm and weighs 2.3 pounds without the battery. It arrives in three textures including white, red and brown.

So what makes this netbook so cheap (other than a lack of an optical drive)? That would be the Linux-based MeeGo open-source OS that was dumped by Nokia but now officially "hosted" by the Linux Foundation.

"The MeeGo software platform is designed to give developers the broadest range of device segments to target for their applications, including netbooks, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, tablets and more – all using a uniform set of APIs based on Qt," reads the description over on the MeeGo website. "For consumers, MeeGo will offer innovative application experiences that they can take from device to device."

Asus will eventually offer the X101H model which will reportedly sport Windows 7. There's also mention that this model is slated to have more RAM, a higher storage capacity, a VGA port and possibly a 6-cell battery, but the company is still keeping tight-lipped, so stay tuned.

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    calinkula , July 29, 2011 12:59 AM
    master9716its a paperweight. Poor souls who buy this thinking its an actual computer.


    So you mean it's a paperweight..... that's also a computer...... Sounds pretty sweet to me!
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    Luscious , July 29, 2011 1:00 AM
    $200 for a N435??? $300 gets you a C-50 with a decent multimedia GPU

    I don't understand manufacturers - super thin ALWAYS means compromise.
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    LuckyDucky7 , July 29, 2011 12:11 AM
    How about a better Linux OS, like a Ubuntu-based one?

    Other than that: great news- 200 dollar PC's are finally a reality (netbooks never seemed to break 300 bucks).
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    dotaloc , July 29, 2011 12:23 AM
    i like the price. think of the money this'll save less savvy family members from rogue security software removal fees.
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    michaelahess , July 29, 2011 12:58 AM
    "2 GB of DropBox cloud storage" is most certainly not "under the hood" nor is it something 99.9% of buyers will even use.
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    calinkula , July 29, 2011 12:59 AM
    master9716its a paperweight. Poor souls who buy this thinking its an actual computer.


    So you mean it's a paperweight..... that's also a computer...... Sounds pretty sweet to me!
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    Luscious , July 29, 2011 1:00 AM
    $200 for a N435??? $300 gets you a C-50 with a decent multimedia GPU

    I don't understand manufacturers - super thin ALWAYS means compromise.
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    MrBig55 , July 29, 2011 2:03 AM
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    2 GB of DropBox cloud storage, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity on the 2.4 GHz band, a 0.3MP webcam


    Everyone that makes a free account on dropbox has a free 2GB storage, that 802.11n is pretty basic by now and that webcam will not capture HD at all.

    Well $199 for a white coaster... at least this coaster has wi-fi and bluetooth capability ^^
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    theshonen8899 , July 29, 2011 2:19 AM
    Netbook + Desktop is an awesome combo.
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    molo9000 , July 29, 2011 3:01 AM
    No video out?
    Kind of an issue if you want to give a presentation.

    otacon72Garbage hardware, garbage OS....no wonder it's $200. Maybe selling this in developing countries but that's about it.

    It's a full-on laptop for $200. What's not to like?
    You could even install Windows if using Monopoly Office is your thing.

    It's an awesome proposition for a penny-less student who just needs something to take to class. (Or it would be if it had a video out)
    It's so cheap, you might even buy one for a long holiday, because you don't want your expensive laptop being stolen/lost/damaged.
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    tacoslave , July 29, 2011 3:18 AM
    i would pay 100 dollars extra to get a c50 with at least 2gb of ram and at least a 16gb ssd.
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    dj1001 , July 29, 2011 3:34 AM
    i still would rather have my EEEPc 1001 that i've had for a year. i just can't fathom an 8GB hard drive.
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    mman74 , July 29, 2011 3:37 AM
    Could they maybe rip out the keyboard, and make it touchscreen, and myabe put Android 3.1 on it instead but keep the same price? ;D
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2011 4:08 AM
    At least rig it with USB 3.0 so extra portable storage is more of a viable option.
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    _Pez_ , July 29, 2011 4:37 AM
    I would buy it only if "under the hood" were an amd C50 apu. would be wünderbar ! :D  I would buy one for my Girlfriend, for me, for my mom,my brother, my cousin :D  LOL !!
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    tmk221 , July 29, 2011 6:59 AM
    I bought one of the first netbook with ssd storage, and it was 8 gb drive and it completely sucks. it's too slow for win xp. my advise : invest extra $50 in model with better ssd:) 
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    danwat1234 , July 29, 2011 7:56 AM
    This netbook weighs 2.3 pounds with out the battery and a dog-slow single core Atom processor. Who cares.
    A new Dual Core Sandy Bridge Macbook Air that Turboboosts to 2.9GHZ, 13", WITH a 7 hour battery is still LESS than 3 pounds!

    I'm not an Apple fanboi but I do like the specs of the new Air.
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    danwat1234 , July 29, 2011 7:57 AM
    Except no USB3 or ESATA on the new air.
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    hardcore_gamer , July 29, 2011 8:52 AM
    danwat1234This netbook weighs 2.3 pounds with out the battery and a dog-slow single core Atom processor. Who cares.A new Dual Core Sandy Bridge Macbook Air that Turboboosts to 2.9GHZ, 13", WITH a 7 hour battery is still LESS than 3 pounds! I'm not an Apple fanboi but I do like the specs of the new Air.



    Apple agreed to give it to you for $200 ?
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    jsc , July 29, 2011 9:29 AM
    I would swap a little weight for more storage and better battery life. Oh, wait, I did - Samsung N150 a couple of years ago.
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    boiler1990 , July 29, 2011 11:49 AM
    That picture looks an awful lot like a MacBook Air...

    Also, THIS should have been the Chromebook price point, not a stupid $350.
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