I got a chance to spend a few minutes with the new designer netbook from Asus. The Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Edition is pretty much a standard Pine Trail netbook for the most part, but it’s one of the first designer edition netbooks I’ve seen that has a pattern that not only incorporates the lid and keyboard area, but also the base of the computer.

And eagle-eyed Joanna Stern from Engadget noticed something that I missed: The designer edition has a removable 3 cell battery. Up until now, all Asus Eee PC 1008-series netbooks had built in batteries that could not easily be removed by users, which makes the batteries a pain to upgrade or replace.

You can check out a video of the new battery at Engadget. And there are more shots from the news conference as well as some promotional shots after the break.

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2 replies on “Closer look at the Asus Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid edition”

  1. Manufacturers should not waste their time doing designer stuff. The clientele is so small. Look at the HP Vivian Tham, not many bought it.

    Notebook/netbook users are concerned with speed and mobility.

    Manufacturers should spend their time and resources concentrating on reducing costs for the consumer and not coming out with gimmicks like the above.

    After all, those who are interested in colour and design can always opt out to buy skins.

    Manufacturers need to be focussed.

    1. I used to think that too… But especially in notebooks, it seems like there’s not much room to innovate with spec’s… The issues are all in cost cutting, which leaves aesthetics the only place to really differentiate your product… Which leads us to things like this. And although I wouldn’t buy one, the fact that they re engineered the bottom of their unit, gives a look at what they may be doing in the future.

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