Asus has introduced yet another Eee PC model. This time, the company is offering an Eee PC 900 with a 30GB hard drive. Older Eee PC 900 models come with 12GB or 20GB solid state disks. The new units are only showing up on the Asus China page at the moment. It looks like you can get a 30GB model with Linux or Windows XP, for the equivalent of about $499 or $513 respectively.
Now, I’m all for giving customers more choices. But I’m starting to get tired of the way Asus is introducing new models.When most computer makers introduce a new machine, they take one of two routes. They might offer a computer with one or two sets of specs and let you place your order in peace. Or they offer you the ability to customize your order by choosing from a list of hard drive, RAM, processor, and accessory options. And then there’s Asus.
Asus has been releasing Eee PC models like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes the changes are big, and the new model gets a whole new name. The Eee PC 901 has a different processor and memory configuration than the Eee PC 900, but the same screen size. The Eee PC 1000 has a larger screen. And so on.
But the company also keeps releasing different versions of existing models. So you can order an Eee PC 900 with 12GB of storage and Windows XP, or 20GB of storage and Linux. But you can’t mix and match. There’s no way to order a 20GB model with Windows XP, because Asus doesn’t offer that. If Asus is going to keep introducing a new model every week, I wish the company would just let you customize the computer of your dreams online the way that Dell, HP, and other manufacturers do.