Thursday, April 23, 2009

Asus Eee S101: The Mercedes Benz of netbooks

Whoever think that netbooks are primarily for cheapskates like me will think again. Presenting the Mercedes Benz of netbooks in the ushers of Asus Eee S101.

Historically, netbooks tend to follow an incredibly precise but boring blueprint: cram an Intel Atom processor, relatively small hard disk, wireless internet and an 8.9in or 10in screen into an off-white chassis that looks more toy than trendsetter. And then watch them fly off the shelves.

Executive class Asus Eee S101 is the latest welcome addition of the Eee PC, however, veers away from this safe ground more than any netbook I’ve yet seen.

It then instantly appears to be a classier proposition than every other netbook on the market, hence claiming the reputation to be a Mercedes Benz of its kind.

Slapped in brushed metal and adorned with Swarovski crystals in its hinges, the ASUS Eee PC S101 is the best-looking mini-notebook on the market and, at less than one inch thick, one of the thinnest, too. But despite its fashion-forward design, the Eee PC S101 shares almost all the same internal components of its cheaper predecessor, the Eee PC 1000H, including a 1.6-GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM. While we were impressed with its thin stature, LED-backlit display, and multi-touch trackpad, we’re not sure if those features merit such a high premium.

It may be worth the money if you’re determined to have the most stylish netbook around, but at this price, it is as much the same price as a regular full sized notebooks.

But to me, this is probably the handsomest of its kind.

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