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Best Buy has slashed the price on the Eee PC 900A yet again, this time all the way down to $230. The netbook comes with an 8.9 inch display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 4GB solid state disk. This particular model runs Xandros Linux, but you can easily install Ubuntu, Windows XP, or Windows 7 if you like.
With around a dozen new Eee PC models ready to hit the shelves soon, it’s likely that Best Buy (and possibly Asus) are hoping to clear out some invententory here, so I’m not sure how long this deal will last.
You can read more about the Asus Eee PC 900A in the Liliputing Product Database.
$199.99 in stores in Maryland, too. I got the very last one at the store I went to yesterday, all other stores in Maryland had very low stock according to the clerk’s computer. A good bargain, for sure.
I just bought an Asus 900a from Best Buy (in the store) for $199 on 1/8/09.
And I should say that I almost immediately replaced Xandros with DebianEeePC and found that doing a basic install, I had a very usable system which only took up a little over 900mb of the 4gb SSD. Adding Firefox and OpenOffice and a few other things only takes up 1.5gb space altogether, leaving me with 1.9gb free. Works great! I mainly wanted it for an ultra-portable writing tool, so don’t have much need for a bigger SSD, although I did spend $20 for a 2gb sodimm, mostly because I want to have it hibernate to RAM.
In El Paso, Texas I also saw the *** $199 *** price today (Thurs 1/15/09). I was tempted. I have an Acer Aspire One, but the touchpad was much better on the eee.
I picked up one for 199 in store in NY and threw in the NEWEGG cheap 16 SSD for 36.00, and put in a 2 GB ram stick I had in my workshop. I installed the WINDOWS 7 beta on it over the weekend and it’s running amazingly well. I’ve had VISTA on a few ATOM based netbooks and it never ran like this so Microsoft did something right for a change I’m sure it would run even better on a faster SSD or standard HD too.
How did you split up the installation between the two SSDs? (Recommended HD space=16GB)
Never mind, I see that this is one of the models with the 4GB SSD in the secondary slot and nothing in the primary slot.
From a review at Best Buy: “The 4GB SSD is on a mini PCIe expansion card and is SLOW – read speed is fine, but write speed is abysmal. It’s still slightly usable in linux, but don’t try to install windows on this one unless you replace the SSD…”
That’s a pretty crazy price. I doubt you would be able to fit Windows 7 on a 4GB SSD though.
Here in Chicago, Best Buy is selling them for $199 in the stores.
Don’t forget to manually delete the microsoft WMP codecs before installing a new codec pack, if you’re installing Windows 7.
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