Daily deal – Asus Eee PC 900HA for $296

My daily deal for today is for one of the best sub-$300 netbook computers on the market at the moment.

The Asus Eee PC 900HA features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of memory, WiFi, a webcam and a 160GB hard drive.

The 4 cell battery pack provides enough power to keep the machine going for about 5 hours.

The 900HA has an 8.9″ screen and comes complete with 1 year of free access to the Eee online storage service offering 10GB of space.

I’ve posted cheaper netbook computers in the past, but none of those had the power and storage space of the 900HA.

Of course, if you’d rather learn more about what a netbook is, and how it can help you on the road, check out this article I posted last year.

Daily deal – Asus EEE PC 1000HE Netbook for $374.99

My daily deal for today is hardly a budget friendly promotion, but it is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to get your hands on the hottest netbook sized machine on the market.

The Asus EEE 1000HE is the latest addition to the EEE PC lineup and offers a 1.66GHz ATOM processor, 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, Bluetooth, Wireless-N and a battery capable of up to nine and a half hours use! It also features a 1.3MP webcam.

At $374.99 it is nowhere near as cheap as some of the other Netbook machines i’ve featured here, but the specifications make it one of the most powerful options out there.

You’ll find the Asus EEE 1000HE currently in stock at Amazon.com in Blue and Black. The machine comes complete with the 6 cell battery, AC adapter and Windows XP pre-installed. Super saver shipping is free.

Daily deal – Asus Eee Surf 2G mini laptop for $235

My daily deal for today is for the Asus Eee Surf mini notebook. This first generation version of the Eee may not have the high specifications of the current versions, but that does not make it less useful for getting some work done on the road.

Inside the Asus Eee is an 800MHz processor, 2GB of storage and 512MB of memory. The machine comes with a portable version of Linux which includes most of the applications you’d need. You’ll find the Firefox web browser, Thunderbird for your email and even some open source word processing applications and multimedia players. You can expand the storage by installing a cheap SD memory card.

The Asus Eee Surf 2G has Wi-Fi built in, so you’ll be able to connect to hotspots where available. The machine is on sale at Geeks.com, and is a refurbished model, which means it was once returned to Asus for whatever reason, and was restored to its “as new” condition. It comes with a 90 day warranty. Included in the box is the machine itself, a Lithium-Ion battery pack, a soft carrying case, an AC charger and the required manuals and CD.

Small machines like this are becoming increasingly popular, and are quickly replacing the large and bulky laptops we used to carry on a trip. Geeks.com only has a limited stock of these cheap machines, so don’t wait too long if you are thinking of buying one!

Daily deal – Acer Aspire One ultra portable notebook – $399

My daily deal for today is a bit different from my other “hot” deals. The Acer Aspire One is an ultra portable notebook (the new name is “netbook”) and on the inside you’ll find an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of ram, a 120GB hard drive and Windows XP. On the outside, you get a nice 8.9″ display, a fairly spacious keyboard, a webcam and a memory card reader.

The deal itself isn’t extremely hot, but it is being sold at one of the only stores that actually has this new machine in stock, plus it is currently the best value for money of any Netbook on the market (in my personal opinion of course).

The Acer Aspire One (model AO-A150-1570) costs just $399, and while that may be more than some of the regular sized notebooks on the market, it does offer a great value for money compared to other ultra portables. If you are lucky enough to live anywhere near a Microcenter store, you can take a closer look at one in person, and buy one right away, or you can place an online order and the machine will ship in 1-3 business days.

If you plan to do some comparison shopping, be aware that there are two different versions of this computer; one is in stock at several other (online) stores, and costs $379, but it only has 512MB of memory and just 8GB of hard drive storage, plus it runs a special version of Linux instead of Windows XP. At just $20 more, you’ll understand why the version I am posting here is such a “hot” deal – until the next model Netbook comes along of course.

Daily deal – Asus Eee 900 ultra portable notebook for $379.99 (after $100 rebate)

The daily deal for this sunny Sunday is perfect for anyone who likes to travel light.

This Asus Eee ultra portable notebook weighs just a tad over 2 pounds, and comes with 20GB of storage, 1GB of memory, a webcam, Wi-Fi and a battery capable of up to 3 hours runtime. The machine also has a memory card reader, making it easy to add some more storage, or for copying photos off your digital camera.

This new generation of ultra portable machines has created an entirely new way of traveling with your computer. No longer will you need to drag along a 6 pound behemoth, or have to settle for the tiny screen on your PDA. At 2 pounds, it’s the perfect size for working on your next flight, or for making Internet phone calls in your hotel room.

There are 2 things I need to point out though; this version of the Asus Eee PC does not run Windows. While this may be a blessing for many people, it could also be quite a surprise if you purchase it fully expecting to turn it on and see the desktop you are used to. It is possible to install Windows XP, but you’ll have to get your hands on an installation CD and an external CD/DVD drive. Asus provides a DVD in the box with all the drivers you need to turn the Eee into a Windows notebook. The Linux version installed on the Eee offers almost all the applications you could ever need, including the Mozilla Firefox browser, Thunderbird Email, Skype, various media players and an open source office package.

If you really need Windows XP, and don’t feel like messing around with an installation CD or drivers, you can purchase a version with XP installed for the same price, but the storage space drops from 20GB to just 12GB.

The other thing I need to point out, is that this notebook sells for $479.99 “out the door”, you won’t get the sweet $379.99 price until you submit a form for an Asus sponsored $100 rebate.

The rebate is valid from August 1st until August 31st, so you have some time to think it through. The vendor only charges sales tax in California, and shipping is free.

Asus Eee 900 with Linux (20GB storage)
Asus Eee 900 with Windows XP (12GB storage)