No freakin’ way! That’s what I commented on Abe’s post which details that the new 9-inch Asus Eee PC 900 sells for Php33,900 here in the Philippines.
The price of Php33,900 (see PC Corner listing here) for the Asus Eee PC is a little bloated because it will come with Microsoft Windows XP Home, a whooping 2GB of RAM and a bigger storage space of 12GB solid state drive.
I’m sure a variant that comes loaded with Linux will be available and much cheaper but I think the current price tag is an overkill. Blogging buddies Ade and Jaypee has been seducing me, I mean encouraging me to get the Asus Eee PC for some time now but I’ve always told them that I’m holding our for the 9-inch model.
Now that it’s out and available but with such a price tag, I’m having serious second thoughts.
Think of it, what else could I get with Php33,900? I did some snooping around the net and found this gem:
Compaq Presario C765TU NOTEBOOK
It’s technical specs:
Processor Intel® Celeron 550 (2.0GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)
Chipset Mobile Intel 965
Operating System Free DOS
Graphics Intel® X3100 Graphics
Video Memory up to 358MB Shared
Display Panel 15.4-inch WXGA High-Definition** Widescreen Display
Standard Memory 1GB
Memory Slots 2 slots, 1 in use, 1 available
Hard Drive 120GB
Optical Drive Super Multi 8X DVD±RW with Double Layer Support
Networking/Wireless High speed 56K modem, integrated 10/100 LAN, 802.11 a/b/g WLAN
External Card Expansion ExpressCard slot/54 slot (supports both 34 and 54 form factors)
Media card Integrated 5-in-1 digital memory reader slot (xD, SD, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO)
I/O Ports Built-in 350K webcam, RJ-45, headphone, microphone jack, Omni-directional microphones (2), AC adapter, S-video out, Kensington lock, VGA, USB 2.0 (3), Rj-11
Battery 6-cell Li-ion
Power 65W AC adapter
Approximate Weight 2.45kg (5.39lbs)
It’s priced at PhP 24,950.00 at PC Corner while Asianic sells it for Php 27,950. Load it with Ubuntu Linux or a Windows XP (or both in a dual-boot setup) and it’s a better buy than the Asus Eee PC 900.
There’s even enough change to get myself a decent wireless router (Linksys WRT-54G) and setup a wireless home network so that I could blog from anywhere in the house. Heck, there’s plenty of change left for a pair new jeans and a tee. It looks like the notebook I’ll be getting in two months’ time won’t be an Asus Eee PC. Disappointed, I really am with Asus Eee PC 900.
Am I the only one?