The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg has published his review of the Asus Eee PC. In a nutshell, he's impressed with the price and the fact that such a tiny laptop features a full (if a bit cramped) keyboard. But he's less impressed with the fact that it runs Linux and has a tiny, low resolution screen.

As several people have pointed out the comments section of Mossberg's article, Asus never intended the Eee PC to be a business class device. It's aimed at people who don't want to spend $2000 to get a Macbook Air or Sony Vaio subnotebook. But like Mossberg, I do wish Asus had included a higher resolution screen -- something which the company plans to do on future models.

I think Mossberg's also missing the fact that Asus has already sold hundreds of thousands of units and is on track to sell over 3 million this year. Apparently there are a lot of people out there who are willing to spend $300 to $500 on a fully functional subnotebook. I'm guessing that many are people that were never going to shell out the money for a more expensive one. In other words, Asus probably isn't stealing market share from the high end computer manufacturers, but rather creating a new niche market - laptops for people who didn't think they needed a laptop or even second laptops for people who already have a desktop and a notebook.

[via jkOnTheRun]


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