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ASUS EeePC 1101HA: Why are two monopolies allowed to dictate what a netbook is allowed to be like?

Aug 14, 2009, 22:01 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cisco Cheng)

"It's no secret that Intel and Microsoft have a firm grip on what a netbook may or may not use in terms of features and parts; hence the many look-alikes in this pervasive category. But there are a handful of them that are considered exceptions to the rules handed down by Wintel. The ASUS EeePC 1101HA ($430 street) is one of maybe three netbooks that use an 11.6-inch widescreen, while most others default to a 10-incher. A higher resolution (1,366-by-768), consequently, is the other deviation. In exchange for veering from the "guidelines," however, the 1101HA had to settle for a slower-than-average Atom processor and a higher-than-normal netbook price ($429). Still, it ranks right up there with some of the best oversized netbooks."

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