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Ok so the ASUS Eee PC has been out for a little while, and Everex are planning to ship the “Cloudbook” UMPC shortly (release date was supposed to be 25/01/08). The Cloudbook appears to be aiming at the  Eee PC market but how do the two UMPCs compare to each other?

Asus Eee PC 4GCloudbookCloudbook
Price $399399
CPU900MHz Intel1.2GHz, VIA
GPUIntel 910GML ExpressVIA UniChrome Pro IGP
Memory512 MB DDR2512MB DDR2
Storage4GB S.S.D.30GB Hard Disk
Display7″ 800×4807″ 800×480
OSLinux XandrosgOS Rocket Linux
WiFi802.11b/g802.11b/g
USB42
Ethernet10/10010/100
Card ReaderSD Secure Digital4-in1
Battery Life3 Hrs5 Hrs
Weight1.96 lbs2lbs

As you can see the spec are quite evenly matched, the main difference worth noting is the 4GB Solid State Disk compared to the 30GB Hard Disk. The extra 22Gb is nice but Solid State provides a performance boost over the slower hard disks with the Asus reportedly booting in 15 seconds.

Possibly the biggest issue with both UMPCs is the 800×480 resolution which will make browsing a lot of web sites quite annoying. However I presume screens with higher resolutions will increase the price / size / weight of the devices.

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