I’m drooling right now. As in Literally.
Reasons for excessive drooliness:
Asus EEEPC 701 – I’m falling in love with portability
The ASUS Eee PC is an upcoming series of ultra-portable laptops designed by Intel and ASUSTeK, aimed at the consumer market. According to ASUS, the name derives from “the three Es”: Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience.
The specifications as stated by ASUS are:
- Processor: Intel 900 MHz Pentium M (Dothan-based)
- Chipset: Intel 910
- Graphics: Intel UMA, additional VGA port
- Display: 17.8 cm (7 in)
- Memory: 512 MB DDR2-400
- Storage: 4, 8, or 16 GB flash Solid state drive
- OS: a Xandros-based Linux variant with a Windows XP-like interface; the laptop may also run other Operating Systems like Windows XP, Mandriva, Debian, SuSe, FreeBSD, Ubuntu or MenuetOS optionally
- Communication: 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, 56k modem, 802.11b/g wireless LAN (Atheros-based)
- Ports: prototypes provide either 3 or 4 USB 2.0, MMC/SD/MS card reader, microphone and headphone
- Camera: 0.3 megapixel video
- Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; built-in stereo speaker; built-in microphone
- Battery: 5200 mAh (4 cells, 2S2P), estimated 3 hours run time. There are no plans to offer a larger-capacity battery
- Dimensions: 225 × 165 × 21~35 mm (8.9 × 6.5 × 0.9~1.4 in)
- Weight: 890 g (2 lbs)
- Colors: white, black
- Price: according to ASUS “around USD $199″, a British news service has reported a UK price of GB£199 (around US$400 as of June 2007), a Philippine online dealer has listed a starting price of PHP 13,999 (around US$300), ASUS Spain has announced a unit price of €299 (around US$400), a Belgian online shop has posted an entry price of €346.54 (around US$470)
Canon Powershot S3IS – Prosumer ZOOOOOOOM!
The PowerShot S3 IS is the successor to last year’s 5-megapixel PowerShot S2 IS digital camera. The PowerShot S3 IS enhancements include a newly designed 6-megapixel image sensor that together with Canon’s proprietary DIGIC II image processor dramatically reduces “noise” for better image quality and achieves ISO equivalent speed ratings ranging from 80 to 800. This increased sensitivity allows the use of faster shutter speeds, thereby reducing the effects of camera shake and subject blur during hand-held photography in low light. The S3 is also fitted with a larger 2.0-inch, color Vari-Angle LCD display.
Powershot S3 IS Features:
- 6-Megapixel CCD for images up to 2816 x 2112
- Canon 12x zoom (36-432mm equiv.) with Optical Image Stabilization
- Super Macro closeup focus to 0 inches!
- New Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for HDTV display
- Articulated 2.0-inch color LCD flips forward and rotates 270°
- Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, full Manual
- Image zone modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene and Stitch assist
- Interval shooting and Exposure and Focus Bracketing
- Movie w/stereo sound, 640×480 or 320×240, 30fps or 15fps
- Shutter speeds from 15 secs to 1/3200 sec in Manual mode.
- Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center or AF-point)
- High-speed 2.3 frames per second continuous shooting
- Up to 60-second sound memos for still images
- Sharpness, Contrast and Saturation is adjustable
- ISO sensitivity: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 or AUTO
- Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Red-eye reduction and Slow-sync modes
- Secure Digital (SD) memory card compatible, 16MB included
- Powered by four standard AA type batteries
- USB 2.0 Hi-Speed data transfer to host computer
- PictBridge and Canon Direct Print compatible
I hate this. I want them both. WANT WANT WANT. But with the current budget (assuming I have one) I can only choose to have one for now. Sigh… which shall I go for? The camera or the laptop?
I’m gearing towards the camera… since the laptop is new, I’m sure there’ll be a lot of developments next year. Sigh… any cheap places where I can buy the S3IS? Kumi? Mimi? Help?
Lust-o-meter’s definitely going off like crazy.