By Nitesh Dowlath, 1 comments
Two years ago, the Eee PC took the market by storm, and is still leading the way today.
It has been just over 2 years since ASUS took the market by surprise and brought upon portable haven. The Eee PC has revolutionized the way we use laptops and has created a niche that we know as the netbook. One measure of its success is how quickly other brands jumped on the bandwagon, brands that include Acer, Samsung, and recently, Sony, to name a few.
The idea of light, compact computers were by no means new in 2007, all of those fell into the category of 'ultraportable' - laptops that crammed power into the smallest case possible. The short-coming was that laptops ended up being phenomenally expensive, making it out of reach to the everyday user.
And that's where ASUS spotted the opportunity. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Eee PC 701 - the original Eee launched in November 2007 - formed the foundation for ASUS to introduce a whole range of products that now include desktop PCs as well as laptops. All products, whatever the shape or size, have been designed in line with the Eee mantra: "technology that makes it easy to learn, work and play".
Available in Linux or Windows XP variants, the 701 was a popular choice for all those who wanted portability without having to take out a second mortgage. It has a 7" screen and uses SSD (solid-state drive) for the ultimate reliability on the road.
Powered by Intel's power-efficient Atom processor, the Eee PC 901 (June 2008) gave users a bigger screen - 8.9" compared with 7" - while still maintaining the same size as the 701. The 901 boasted battery life that could last up to 8 hours when on the move.
Murmurings started in the market though, and ASUS recognized that small keyboards weren't to everybody's liking. Enter the Eee PC 1000, with its 10.1" screen and near-full (~90%) size keyboard. Launched in September 2008, this model proved to be very popular because the model maintained that long-lasting battery life.
The pearlescent finish and higher capacity SSD made the Eee PC S101 the design change that people wanted. The new finish appeals to those wanting to make a serious design statement, without shelling out a fortune for a 'normal' ultraportable machine.
Continuing the trend of moving in new directions, May 2009 brought the Eee PC Seashell 1008HA.
Walking in at under one inch thick, the Seashell uses a new streamlined shape as well as a next-gen Atom processor. One of the impressive features include the range of innovative touches that the touchpad can recognize.
On the modder's market, digitized screens kept popping up, allowing users to convert their current netbooks into touchbooks. It was in ASUS' own interests to ensure that theu don't lose their share of the market. They didn't fail to produce. In July 2009, the Eee PC T91 was launched.The design of the netbook to a big twist with this model, literally. The size of the tablet netbook is similar to that of the original 701. The touch sensitive screen makes it useful for handwritten notes as well a touch-typing.
The one thing that stands out about the whole range of Eee's is that their build quality is top notch. ASUS uses the strongest materials and the greenest of green manufacture processes to ensure their products have a long life and can be recycled at the end. Let's hope that ASUS continues to push out brilliant products in the future.