Every single person in the world knows that I'm a big fan of the Asus Eee PC. Well, at least the 4G 701 model that I bought late last year. But as I alluded to in the Acer Aspire One blog post, further down the page, it's becoming increasingly hard to understand Asus's product strategy. Life was great when we had the 70x and 900/1 models -- the former was cheap, the latter a tad more expensive but with the larger screen that some demanded. Now we have the 904, the 1000, the 1000H, and the 1000HD. This excellent snippet from an Engadget news story sums it up perfectly:
So now not only are there an endless variety of Eee models, the model numbers themselves don't indicate anything logical: the Eee 901 is faster than the 904, which uses the basic case of the 1000 but shares a processor with the 900 and 1000HD -- but not the 1000 or 1000H, which are Atom-based like the 901.
What you say? My confusionometer just exploded. I'd love to hear from readers who've been tempted by the Eee, but have also been put off by the ever-growing range of almost-the-same-but-not-quite models. Do you think this actually makes sense for Asus in the long run, or is it just flooding the market? Are you holding out for the Dell E?
(Note: click here for the Engadget article, and be aware of the usual profanity and flame wars in the comment section!)
UPDATE: In another Engadget story, we see a leaked Eee PC roadmap with 23 models listed. I can't even count that far.