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Ultra-low cost Eee PC sold out already

Linux-based portable hot property in Taiwan

Asustek's low-cost laptop, Eee PC, nearly sold out on its first day on sale in Taipei.

But for one laptop hidden under a box, it would have sold out, said Lin Che-chun, a sales associate at the 3C electronics chain store in Neihu.

"There were people waiting for them to go on sale, and 98 of them were gone almost immediately," he said. "This one was under a box, so we didn't see it. That's the only reason we have one left today."

The Eee PC officially went on sale in Taiwan at 5pm on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the lone white laptop at the 3C chain store in Neihu may have been the only one still for sale on the island. Lin said another Eee PC shipment isn't expected until some time in November, and that Asustek has not said how many Eee PCs it will make available.

Lin's store received 99 units, and was chosen for its location close to the official launch Asustek staged on Tuesday.

The Eee PC is a low-cost laptop designed for children and emerging markets. It weighs less than one kilogram and has a 7-inch LCD screen. (See: Asustek launches £125 Linux-based Eee PC.)

It's not clear how many Eee PCs went on sale Tuesday, and neither Asustek nor 3C would respond to queries about the overall figure.

See also:

Asustek, Intel £100 laptop - hands on preview


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