Spurting meconium, its severed umbilical cord wildly lashing around like an out of control fire hose, the Asus Eee was born: a tiny, albino, physically undeveloped premie, barely capable of processing its own operating system, unable to go without life support for more than one and a half hours. A sad, sorry, adorable thing, but none the less, consumers lustfully dogpiled on top of it.
It was only natural that would get the attention of the other laptop manufacturers… Spartan companies that had gotten used to picking up the runts and weaklings of their development line-up and tossing them in a spike-filled pit. Accounting, of course, for the sudden sure of affordable sub-notebooks.
But at this point, another Eee-style sub-notebook is announced every other day. With few exceptions, they are all roughly interchangeable feature wise. How to drill down to the genetic differences between models? Over at the wonderfully named Liliputing site, they have put together a semi-complete breakdown of all of the recent subnotebooks, including technical specs, prices and release dates.
Bizarrely, the HP MiniNote isn’t on their list, which is strange, because my impression skimming through the site was that it was probably the best of the bunch, as far as what has been released and what’s visibly in the pipeline. A lot of these so-called Asus killers are pretty crappy.
Comprehensive list of low-cost ultraportables [Liliputing]