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A Small PC at a Small Price

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A small PC…at a small price. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Most of the time, it seems, thin and light notebook computers carry pretty heavy price tags. And those ultra mobile computers….from companies like OQO, Samsung and Sony….can be pretty expensive as well. So we were intrigued by a machine called the eeePC…..from Asus….that sells for as little as three hundred dollars and has a 7 inch color screen….built in WiFi….and uses the Linux operating system. The company's Debby Lee says it isn't really designed to compete with full-fledged notebooks…

"We're treating it more like an appliance versus an actual laptop. This could be something on a kitchen countertop, if you just want to check your email…or look at something on YouTube. So for us, this is more of an appliance."

The little machine uses flash memory instead of a hard drive for storage. For four hundred dollars…you get four gigabytes of storage and a built in Web cam. There are plans to sell a model with Windows as well…

"We do have plans to do so, but at the moment, we're not sure when the shipment is going to come in or become available for the North American market. But Asia is probably the first place it's going to happen."

For applications like Web browsing and email…the EeePC…is capable. To use it for storing and using digital photos and music and such….the limited capacity is a drawback. It can use a high capacity SD card however as a boost. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.