QUOTE(ZDevil @ Mar 9 2008, 04:33 PM)
The Eee PC ... what's the deal?
In another (impossible) possible world, if Sony VAIO PCG-U1/U3 (or any other similar devices) was sold somewhere higher than the current price range where the Eee PC is in, say US$600, I bet it will be even far more successful than what Asus has achieved now and be hacked even more seriously.
Compared to the U1/U3, in terms of battery life, size, resolution, weight, capabilities, the Eee PC is not really such a big surprise.
Just saw a couple of U1 an U3 ebaying for around US$700 and US$800 ...
If my 701 cost me more than US$400, probably I simply wouldn't have bought it.
So the thing is, those older ultraportables, however decent they are, failed to capture a big enough target market for consumer electronics.
I've been on something of a mecca trying to find the right portable computer, I tried everything from the Atari Portfolio all the way to the EEEPC, and I have to say that the VAIO PCG u1/u3 was a pretty nice pitstop. I recently unloaded one of these on ebay after having played around with it. Despite it's attractive features, it still has a few glaring issues:
no wifi or bluetooth built in
short-ish battery life
only Memory Stick / USB (but I guess I can't blame Sony for hyping their proprietary storage format)
poor 'thumbmouse' and 'thumb buttons'
Quite honestly, as far as form factor goes, the Toshiba Libretto has always been my favorite. I would really like to see the UMPC makers do something similar, but clamshell just is not where the market is going right now. : (