Saturday, January 12, 2008

Was this the 'Star of the Show' ?

The ASUS Eee PC 701 ( or the mini mac )
This cool little machine the Asus EeePC 701, it certainly made all of those who saw it sit up and take notice - my fellow IB staff and I certainly gave it a thorough check out and found it quick enough to pick up a wireless network and also it handled a web page pretty well, just cutting extreme edges.The Asus runs the Linux operating system with 4 GB solid state memory( with SD card slot for some expansion) and a good suite of pre-installed software :-
Google Docs ( allowing for online storage of text and spreadsheets)
OpenOffice Suite
Skype
Mozilla Firefox Browser
and all in a package which charges with a mobile phone style charger ( giving about 3 1/2 hour battery life), and a very small desktop footprint :

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) 225x35x165mm
Weight 0.92 kg
Available colours White
It would certainly for the price from RM of £169 +VAT make a great deal of sense for classroom use and help towards One Laptop per Child.
in the UK Education sphere the Asus is being distributed by RM ... read the full CNET.co.uk report here.

** Keep your eyes open for reductions in prices as a new ASUS Eeepc is due out in June 2008**

2 comments:

James Forbes Keir said...

Bought one this morning - amazing! :D

Mr Harrington said...

James - I knew that you would find it hard to resist :-)

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