The Eee PC 701 is being touted as the world’s cheapest and easiest-to-use laptop. It has been designed with communications in mind with built-in 802.11b/g wireless, 10/100 Ethernet port and a 56k modem. It also sports a 7’’ display, 512MB of DDR2-400 memory, a webcam and can be equipped with a range of SSD drives, including 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB.
To some extent we have Nicholas Negroponte and its non-profit OLPC initiative to thank for this new ultra-low-cost laptop market that is starting to emerge and will sure help not only to provide knowledge to kids in developing countries, but also to give people everywhere looking for a low cost easy to use computer “the chance to access the Internet and share in the 21st century opportunity”. These products don’t necessarily replace higher-end products as they are targeted at a different segment.
The somewhat strange name “Eee”, according to Asus represents easy to learn, easy to play, easy to work. The Eee PC 701 will start selling at $199; a shipping date, however, has not yet been announced for the new device.