8GB Asus Eee PC Priced and Quasi-Dated

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It looks like a Dynamism product listing has revealed about when the 8GB Asus Eee PC will be hitting store shelves and for just how much damage to your bank account. Listed for $499 as expected, the tiny laptop featuring 8GB of flash storage and 1GB of RAM will be shipping in mid to late December. So yes, it's still in Christmas gift territory for those interested.

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It's also confirmed here that, as Asus debunked already, the 8GB model will not feature a larger screen than its predecessors. So is the 8GB model still enticing? If you don't want to void your warranty by adding extra RAM, then yes. But with its abundance of USB ports, the possibilities of extra storage aren't quite as tempting as some extra horsepower under the hood. Is it worth saving $100 on the 4GB model? [dynamism via jkkmobile]

DISCUSSION

This seems like a toss-up.

The 4GB machine pretty much achieves its aim as an ultra-portable, and the specs are decent enough. Decent enough for most of the jobs a "normal" user would do on the go.

The 8GB machine could probably fill those odd spots where you don't want to lug around a machine twice as big, but you'd like to have something more powerful than a smartphone. I honestly don't know whether I'd pay a $100 premium on those specs, or upgrade the 4GB for half the price myself.

With USB ports and a card reader, how important is twice the SSD? For that matter, how much faster will the machine run with twice the RAM?

As long as you don't put MS Windows anywhere close to this machine, half a Gigabyte of memory should be fine, shouldn't it?