ASUS Eee PC
ASUS Eee PC
AsusTeK Computer Inc.
Microsoft Windows XP
The Asus Eee PC ("Eee" is pronounced [iː]
as in "see"}) is a subnotebook/netbook com-
puter by Asus and a part of Asus Eee product
family. At the time of its introduction in late
2007, it was noted for its combination of a
light weight, Linux operating system, solid-
state drive and relatively low cost. Newer
models have added the option of Windows XP
operating system and traditional hard disk
drives. Newer models have also increased in
price, though they remain relatively inex-
pensive as laptops, and notably inexpensive
for ultra-small laptops.
According to Asus, the name Eee derives
from "the three Es," an abbreviation of its ad-
vertising slogan for the device: "Easy to
learn, Easy to work, Easy to play".
Eee 700 series
Asus announced two Eee PC models at
COMPUTEX Taipei 2007; the Eee PC 701 and
the Eee PC 1001. The 701 base model Eee
PC 4G was released on October 16, 2007 in
Taiwan. Three additional models followed.
Black 700 series unit side view showing the
SD card reader, two USB ports, the VGA out-
put and the Kensington Security Slot.
(1001) was also expected, but later Asus re-
nounced any plans to release it to the mar-
ket. Asus sold over 300,000 units in 2007,
and planned to sell several million in 2008.
Intel has described the Eee PC as in line with
its “World Ahead” marketing drive—which
aims to provide anyone around the world a
chance to own a PC.
Both the price and the size of the device
are small in comparison with similar Ultra-
Mobile PCs. The Eee series is one response
to the XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop
per Child initiative. At the Intel Developer
Forum 2007, Asus demonstrated the Class-
mate PC and the Eee PC, and listed specifica-
tions for four models of the Eee PC. Asus at
the time claimed that models may start at
US$199, and range up in price and features