News Bits: New Eee PC with Linux Gets Expensive, HP Mini-Note Gets XP, MSI Wind Gets Pricing

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Hitachi introduces 320GB 7200RPM hard drive

Hitachi today introduced its new TravelStar 7K320 hard drive with 320GB of capacity and a 7200RPM rotational speed. Hitachi says the drive is 12 percent faster and consumes 22 percent less power than its precedessor, the 200GB 7200RPM 7K200.
The 7K320 will retail for $220.

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Linux Eee PC 900 more expensive than Windows version

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ASUS announced at the Eee PC 900 lauch event in Sydney, Australia, that the Windows version will retail for less than the Linux version. The Windows version will retail for $599 price tag and the Linux version $649. In order to compensate for the license cost, the Windows version will only have 12GB of storage compared to the Linux version’s 20GB.

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MSI Wind gets a $610 price tag

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The MSI Wind has finally received a price tag: $610. It will come with the following featuers:

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor (assumed)
  • 10.2-inch LED-backlit display
  • Windows XP Home Edition
  • 80GB 2.5-inch hard drive
  • 1GB RAM
  • WiFi/Bluetooth
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam

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Dell to replace incorrect Vostro keyboards in Europe

Dell shipped a number of new Vostro notebooks to customers in Europe last week with the wrong keyboard layout. Today, the company issued an apology and says it will replace all of the keyboards.

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XP versions of HP 2133 Mini-Note priced

Later this month HP will introduce Windows XP versions of its 2133 Mini-Note for $729 and $829. The $729 version buys a 1.2GHz VIA processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 120GB hard drive. Another $100 nets a faster 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 160GB of hard drive space.

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