The Asus EEE PC was highly successful during the Christmas season and Amazon sold close to one every 6 seconds! So, I was highly anticipating to see it in India. I had read earlier in the Financial Express that Asus would be bringing the EEE PC to India in Jan 2008 and today, was my chance to look at it and use it. I saw the EEE PC in Mumbai, India and it will be on the shelves for sale in the next few weeks.
I have to say I'm was a little surprised to see how small it actually is. I had read the reviews online when it was launched in the US last year, but looking at it in reality it seemed a little smaller than I thought. The 7" screen is a little too small for me but I guess its "ok" when you think its a UMPC and not a full-fledged notebook. Its truly lightweight and portable with a weight of just 0.9 Kgs. It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of SSD (i.e. Flash-based harddisk). It has a webcam and a mic. It also has Linux installed (some Gnome like GUI) and also comes with drivers for Windows XP, incase you want to install XP by yourself.
I couldn't take a photograph of it nor was I allowed to benchmark it. But I tried running a H.264 movie and it did struggle getting the speeds continuosly up. Thus, I realised it was just meant to surf the web with the Wifi connection it provided. Its a very basic computer and the low price with portability as its main selling point. According to the shopkeeper who showed it to me, it will be sold at 16000/- or more, with the price being 20k in the first month. He was extremely optimistic that the EEE PC is the perfect product for Indian market. I agree somewhat at his observation and I think it will be a hit among non-tech buyers. It looks cute and sleek and is cheap.
Will surely try to convince the shopkeeper next week and get some benchmark done on this cutie. Although somehow I don't expect much from a Celeron M processor and an archaic integrated GPU.