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SlashGear Week in Review – August 3rd

SlashGear Week in Review – August 3rd

Week in Review time, and it seems like there's plenty to look back on over the past seven days.  Continuing our fresh tradition, in the fast-moving netbook segment we've seen confirmation of ASUS' Eee PC plans - 23 models in all, the next of which being the 701SD, together with dual-core and bigger SSD versions - as well as Sylvania's new G Netbook MESO, the target $299 tag of which got plenty of people hot under the collar.  Price is a sore subject over at MSI, who saw their Wind netbook rise in cost uncontrollably, while E-Lead are likely celebrating their Noahpad - with its distinctive dual-touchpad keyboard - finally reaching customers.

There's plenty to look forward to, as well, with Intel confirming a refresh of their Classmate PC, a video showing Fujitsu's upcoming Amilo Mini playing with interchangeable casings, and Lenovo tipped for a new netbook to be released in September.  If you can afford a bit more, and can't wait until September, Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 is a proper, grown-up ultraportable set to launch imminently; going by the first hands-on reports it looks to be a winner, with battery life getting particular credit.

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ASUS re-announce Eee Box PC

ASUS re-announce Eee Box PC

Bizarrely, despite "officially launching" the Eee Box PC at Computex 2008 back at the beginning of the month, ASUS have now officially launched it again via a press release on their site.  Thing is, the latest B202 release actually contains less detail than the first time around; for some reason they've not repeated their original pricing, $269 for the Linux model and $299 for the Windows model.

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Intel confirm Atom delay until September; ASUS relieved

Intel confirm Atom delay until September; ASUS relieved

With all the Atom-powered notebooks on show at Computex, you'd be excused for thinking that Intel's manufacturing shortfall was long past.  Not true, worried out loud Asustek's Jerry Shen; both the new Eee PC 901 and 1000, together with the Eee Box B202, are powered by the 1.6GHz processor.  While denying that Atom availability would seriously impact upcoming Eee shipments, Shen did suggest that, unless Intel ramp up production by October, getting hold of an Eee pre-holiday would be tricky.  Of course, Intel responded by saying that, in fact, fabrication would be up to speed by September.

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Microsoft confirm XP extension for ‘nettop’ budget desktops

Microsoft confirm XP extension for ‘nettop’ budget desktops

Microsoft has confirmed that it recognises a good way to spin money from old rope, with the announcement that now low-cost desktop PCs will be able to share in the retro Windows XP goodness. With the last-gen OS' lifespan already extended by virtue of Vista's bloaty plumpness being too much for budget ultraportables like the ASUS Eee and its numerous rivals, Microsoft are now working with in excess of 20 OEMs (partial list after the cut) to "address customer demand" for software that won't slow their cheap & cheerful computers down to molasses-like speeds. XP will continue to be an option on machines such as the Eee Box E202 and the MSI Wind PC.

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ASUS confirm Eee Box B202 desktop: $269 for 1.6GHz Atom

ASUS confirm Eee Box B202 desktop: $269 for 1.6GHz Atom

ASUS have been flaunting their now-official Eee Box B202 around Computex 2008 in Taipei, with spaces on the débutante's dance-card filling up fast.  As with the Eee notebooks, both Windows XP and Linux versions of the desktop will be available, each packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 802.11n and DVI output.  Best of all are the prices: just $269 for the Linux model and $299 for the Windows model, each with 1GB of RAM and an 80GB hard-drive.

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Asus Eee Box coming soon – pictures to satiate for now

Asus Eee Box coming soon – pictures to satiate for now

More specifically it’s a picture. We still know more or less diddly about the system specs. Also, we aren’t entirely sure this is a picture of the Eee Box, but judging from looks alone, it seems pretty accurate.

If it’s anything like the Eee notebooks it should be a pretty nice computer for an extremely low price. The only downside is that you’ll have to buy your own monitor, and possibly your own keyboard and mouse.

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