Asus is celebrating Eee PC’s first birthday and consumers are finding the device on sale for less than the cost of an iPhone. Asus certainly was not the first company to offer shrunken notebook computers, and it certainly does not offer the most elegantly designed, but through the proper balance of price, power, and availability, the Eee PC legitimized a form factor with an uncertain future.
Once Asus' Eee was released in the U.S., however, opinions changed. It was not a quirky UMPC, and it was not the "glorified Treo keyboard" that some considered the Palm Foleo sub-notebook to be. There was a period of time this year where the Eee's form factor didn't even have a name, despite the deluge of similarly designed products that followed.
Though the Eee brand now encompasses a number of products by Asus, various flavors of the Eee netbook can now be obtained for under $300 at some of the U.S' most popular retail locations. Amazon sells several models for $299.