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New From Asus – 3 Upgraded Mini Laptops

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Since creating the mini laptop or netbook category over a year ago with the Eee line, Asus has not stopped creating models of netbooks that veer away from the plastic look of the existing Eee line. This isn’t really surprising. With competition from Acer, HP, MSI, Dell, Medion, Toshiba, and Lenovo, Asus needs to outdo all others to be in the lead.

Here’s a rundown of new releases from Asus:

Eee PC S101

This netbook veers away from the cheap plastic look by using a thin metallic casing. Weighing in at just 2.2 lbs, it’s one of the slimmest notebooks being sold these days. It’s stylish metallic frame comes in three elegant colors: metallic brown, champagne, and graphite.

Aside from its standard Intel Atom-based specs, the S101 also has a 4-in-1 card reader and built-in high quality stereo speakers. For its sleek look, the S101 is priced very close to $700.

Eee PC 1002HA

This netbook was released in November 2008. It’s a standard 10-inch netbook and is powered by an Intel Atom N270 central processing unit, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and Windows XP. The only difference with this mini laptop is that it is packed in a gray, brushed-aluminum chassis. It’s may not be as thin as the Asus S101, but it is just about as stylish, and at 2.65 pounds, it actually just a few ounces heavier. The price of the 1002HA is at the standard price of $499.

ASUS N10J

The Aus N10J would have been like any other netbook (with the standard Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and Windows XP) except that this mini laptop has an Nvidia GeForce 9300 graphics card, so users can actually play games on it. Hardcore gamers, however, better keep their expectations at a minimum with this mini laptop model. Gamers of the multi-player Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3) need to set the resolution at 800×600 and keep the detail level at medium. For the add-on gaming experience, this netbook is priced higher than its cousins in the basic Eee line.

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