So much for Asus's hopes of releasing the Eee PC 900 before HP or Acer launched their new ultraportables. You can now order an HP 2133 from the HP web site. Prices range from $499 for a low-powered Linux model to $849 for the top of the line unit with Vista Home Basic and a 160GB hard drive (although, honestly the $749 model with a 120GB hard drive seems like a better deal, since it has more RAM, a faster hard drive, and Vista Business Edition).
What I want to know is why you can't choose your operating system for each configuration. The $499 model has a 1GHz processor, 4GB of solid state memory and 512MB of RAM, while the $599 model has a 1.2GHz processor, 120GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and Vista Business Edition. I'd buy that model in a heartbeat if I could replace Vista with SUSE Linux.
The computers are expected to begin shipping on April 15th. Note that there do seem to be some problems with the web page right now. When I clicked "Add to Cart," I got a message telling me that a computer was in my cart. But when I proceeded to checkout, my cart was empty.
Update: It looks like HP has added a $549 version that's exactly the same as the $599 model, but comes with SUSE instead of Vista. I'm going to assume they got the idea from this blog until anyone proves me wrong. Thanks for making my decision between the Eee PC 900 and the HP 2133 that much harder HP. Thanks Chase!
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