Rumor: Asus to Undercut Tablets with Sub-$250 Netbook

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ShyLinuxGuy

Yay...I can buy a netbook to use as a "tunes box" for my car for ~$250 instead of for ~$350.

Netbooks have penetrated the price range of entry-level LAPTOPS--read, LAPTOPS (or NOTEBOOK computers)--ya know, the ones that offer bigger screen size, more memory, optical drive, better CPU...it doesn't make sense to buy netbooksunless it's for portability.

I think that netbooks are higher in cost now that most new ones have Windows 7 preinstalled and Microsoft isn't in a hurry to offer the price cheaper like they did with XP in attempt to take market share away from Linux--the reason they were still at $199-250 back then. All I know is, the Starter edition of Windows 7 is really worth nothing (you can't change your wallpaper, for example) and the netbooks themselves haven't changed much in specs--some offer an extra gig of ram, maybe a 250 GB hard drive and a slightly better Atom processor. Still not worth it being that I could buy a basic Toshiba, Compaq or Acer laptop for the same price with better specs.

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titan8813

I put Android 2.2 x86 on my eeePC 900 and it seemed to run okay, but I couldn't get the wi-fi to actually connect.  It found the wi-fi signal, just would never make the connection.  Not being able to use touch on a device with Android was very unusual and frustrating at times (like cycling through images to change the background, you still have to "swipe" with the mouse).

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AETAaAS

An Android 3.0 'netbook' will be interesting... it'd be more or less a tablet with a bolted on keyboard. I think I'd have one actually, if the batteries are kept large (true all day computing at last :D) and they plopped in Tegra 2 or something faster.

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