The evolution of the netbook

22 netbooks in 18 months

ASUS Eee PC 901: And it didn’t stop with new colours — ASUS soon released the Eee PC 901. This was a sleeker design, but a slightly heavier model than the Eee PC 900, and was based on the Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU. With its 6-cell battery, it provided over five hours of life away from a power outlet, making it THE netbook of choice for on-the-road usage. It had an 8.9in screen, 1GB of RAM, and was available with either Linux or Windows XP operating systems installed. The Linux version came with 20GB of solid state storage, while the Windows version came with a paltry 12GB. The Eee PC 901 also heralded the introduction of Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n wireless networking in a netbook. It cost $649.

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Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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