Asus may have a number of Windows 8 portable computers set to launch in the coming weeks. But the company isn’t putting all its eggs in one basket. The Asus X201e is an inexpensive portable laptop which runs Ubuntu Linux rather than Windows.

Several US retailers are taking pre-orders for the Asus X201e, with prices ranging from about $314 to $316.

Asus F201E
Asus F201E

 

The notebook has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron B847 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and has HDMI output and a VGA webcam.

By equipping the X201e with the open source Ubuntu operating system, Asus can keep the price low. That’s because there’s no need to pay Microsoft a licensing fee for the Windows operating system — although I’m sure you could install Windows or other operating systems yourself if you’re not a fan of Ubuntu.

While I haven’t seen any photos of the X201e yet, the specs make this laptop sound an awful lot like the Asus F201E which is up for pre-order in Germany for 299 € and up.

via Notebook Italia

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4 replies on “Asus X201e 11.6″ Ubuntu notebook coming soon for about $315”

  1. I bought this for $299. That is for a notebook that weighs 2.85 pounds, comes with a USB-3.0 port (+2 USB-2), WIFI-B/G/N, 4GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, HDMI and a VGA, and an Ethernet port.

    I have had this for over a month. I had some WIFI connectivity issues with the stock Ubuntu, but I upgraded to 12.10, and installed the Cinnamon Desktop – very sweet and useful portable “Ultra-Chromebook” (can I ‘coin’ that?)

    Performance: I get 4.5 hours of usage on the battery; no problem playing 1080p movies or YouTube streaming. Pass this one by though if you’re a gamer or a professional user of photoshop. Too under powered for that kind of app.

  2. Is it only an 11″ model or there are other 13″ models for sale? Which countries?

    1. No, it isnt. Theres X201, X201s, X201t and then theres X100e, X121e, x131e

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