Some Kiwis are sure to find an Eee PC in their Christmas stockings, now that Asus' low-cost laptop has hit these shores – ahead of Australia.
Asus announced recently that the Eee PC will arrive in Australia next month retailing for just A$499 (NZ$575), but said it was still finalising plans to introduce the product locally.
However, it has confirmed the machine is now available exclusively at Dick Smith Electronics locally where it retails for $599, making it probably the lowest priced laptop on the market.
The Taiwanese manufacturer describes the Eee PC as the “world’s easiest PC”, designed to make it simple for users to access the internet to learn, work and play.
Aimed at the education market, the machine was initially only going to be available through special tender, but Asus says due to great demand it is extending availability of the PC to the retail sector.
Asus claims the Eee PC is a lifestyle gadget designed for internet access and learning.
The Eee PC is compact, lightweight and rugged. It weighs 920 grams and instead of a hard drive it has flash memory and supports 802.11 b/g wi-fi connectivity. The PC runs on a Linux-based operating system, but users can opt for Windows Vista.
In addition to selling the Eee on its own, Dick Smith is also offering the laptop bundled with a Seagate 160GB external hard drive for $698.