News Bits: Asus Eee in BestBuy this Month, NEC Versa gets 14.5 hours Battery, SCAN notebooks

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SCAN offers high-performance barebone notebooks

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If you like building your own desktops, why not build your own notebook? SCAN, a UK-based company, is now retailing barebone notebook computers. It is up to the end user to install the CPU, memory, optical drive, hard drive, and operating system. The models start at 587 including VAT.

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NEC VersaPro laptop gets 14.5 hours of battery life

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The NEC VersaPro UltraLite Type VC laptop can get up to 14.5 hours of battery life on a single charge. It features an Intel Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo U7500 (1.06GHz) CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 40GB hard disk, and a choice of Vista or XP Professional. Everything resides in a tiny chassis weighing only 2.11 pounds (958 grams).

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Asus Eee PC to be sold in Best Buy and NewEgg this October

Asus is saying they’ll give the final word on pricing for the 7" screen Eee PC will come on October 16th. Initially Asus had said they’d be able to sell the device for $199, but that price point has since been revised up. Jonathan Tsang, president for sales and marketing at Asustek Computer, said that the Eee PC will be available in Taiwan on October 16th and the U.S. by the end of the month. He also added Best Buy and NewEgg will be carrying the device.

Asus had initially said the launch would be in August, so we’ll see if the promised launch this month actually happens.

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Compal sees increased notebook shipments in September

Compal ‘s notebook shipments increased 56% on-year in September, topping out at 2.1 million units. Total notebook shipments for Q3 have reached 6.1 million units. Compal has already shipped over 16 million units this year, a 70% increase on-year. Q4 shipments this year are expected to reach 6 million units. Compal will probably ship 30 million units next year thanks to strong ordes from HP, Dell, Acer, and Toshiba.

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