Now there’s so much competition that even if the eeePC were withdrawn, or if Asus lost their lawsuit against IBM, the momentum of this new market segment would continue without it. Let’s all do remember too that it was the OLPC that started it all. A whole new market segment initiated by a not-for-profit. Part of the trend of the expansion of the not for profit sector.
Of course, the incumbents are trying to shut the barn door long after the horse has left. Here’s one Sony exec.:
“If [Asus’ Eee PC] starts to do well, we are all in trouble,” Mike Abary, a senior VP with Sony US’ IT products operation, told Cnet. That’s just a race to the bottom… if mainstream buyers buy it then whoa…” (Found here)
“IF???” Yeah, right Mike, so what planet do you live on? The eeePC has sold more than 400,000 units, and it can’t be kept on shelves. So I don’t see any justification for the “if”. No wonder Sony is in the pickle it’s in.
Sounds like a game console…but not one that Sony makes. Like the wii, the eeePC is priced below the competition, it is cool, and it fits into the man maximum/machine minimum trend that’s been going on for the last few years. The eeePC does this by being small and unobtrusive. I can throw it in my briefcase and hardly even know it’s there. Try that with a laptop. Less is more.
This form factor is also inherently much more sustainable than a large format laptop–it uses less power, less materials and is going to be easier to recycle. Of course, each manufacturer needs to do the right thing and get their components from green suppliers, using lead free circuit boards and batteries that don’t contain mercury. But being green is always easier when you’re not so big.
But, look at all the great competition there is! What a glorious race to the bottom!
(They are in the order of e_f’s perception of coolness…)
Oh, and they all run Linux (TM)! Good-bye Microsoft!
From South Korea Sungjut’s Tango X (really cool, with a touchscreen and a stylus as well as a detachable internet phone handset; a very similar model from Belinea is also available):
So here’s the competition from Fujitsu Siemens:
And I wonder if Adam Thierer is convinced yet about that tipping point thing I had mention back on Decmber 7, 2007?
(Here’s a snippet of Adam’s post from January, link above)