Low-cost PCs are new battlefield in Microsoft’s war on Linux

There are three things that separate low cost ultraportables like the Eee PC from higher end laptop computers. They’re small, lightweight, and cheap. In order to keep cheap in that equation, computers makers like Asus are turning to Linux, the open source operating system that you can install and run on most computers without paying […]

HP posts more Windows XP drivers online

A few days ago HP started posting Windows XP drivers and software for the Mini-Note on the company’s web site. But there were a few things missing, most notably the audio driver. Sure, you could configure Windows XP to use the Windows Vista driver with a little tweaking, but it’s not a perfect fit. But […]

Upgrading the Mini-Note hard drive

You can pick up an HP Mini-Note with a 1.2GHz processor and 120GB hard drive for just $50 more than the 1.0GHZ/4GB SSD version. But if you buy the lower end model and then later decide you want a higher capacity hard drive, it’s pretty easy to upgrade. HP Mini Note PC has step by […]

Popular Science upgrades an Eee PC

The folks at Popular Science have posted an article on Eee PC hacking. They upgraded the RAM, added an internal Bluetooth module, and slapped some extra flash memory into their unit. And to be perfectly honest, absolutely none of this is new. People have been making these mods since day one. But the picture that […]

UK mobile carrier PowerUp gives away free Eee PC with contract

I can’t say this ever occurred to me before, but an Asus Eee PC is cheaper than an iPhone. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to see wireless carriers subsidizing Eee PCs. After all, it’s cheaper than subsidizing some cellphone models, and carriers have been doing that for years. So here’s the deal. If you’re […]

Identical ultraportables heading to Brazil and Germany

German computer makers One and Brazil’s Positivo are both set to launch low-cost ultraportable computers. And while I’m tempted to make a separated at birth joke, there’s likely a good reason the two computers look exactly the same: They’re probably just rebranded versions of the same computer. Either that, or they’re both based on the […]