Fabrix Case for EEE

January 28, 2008

If you like the idea of the slip case which comes supplied with the non-Surf EEEs, but want something which offers more protection, and a whole load more personality, you are going to be more than interested in the Fabrix cases for the EEE… Certainly not for the shy, retiring types, the two cases which I have are nothing short of beautiful, even if colours and patterns are not necessarily to everyone’s tastes. The cases come in two types: the basic “sleeve” case, and the “Delux case”, which is similar in design to that of Asus’ supplied slip case, with a couple of additions.

Whereas the Asus case is made of thin fabric, each of the Fabrix cases is padded- it is heavily cushioned, which should offer the EEE increased protection against accidental bumps and knocks. It remains, however, a fabric case, so I would not expect it to save the EEE from a substantial drop, or a particularly hard life – for my day to day travelling (both walking to the office, when I just put the EEE, in its case, into a larger bag, and also flying to various countries, in which case it comes with me as hand luggage), it would be more than sufficient, but, I’d probabaly prefer something a little more solid for a hiking holiday etc, although, as the EEE is a pretty robust machine of its own right, you may well be absolutely fine. Fabrix is very upfront and honest about this – the cases as described as protection against “scratches and light bumps”.

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The fit is very good – these cases are clearly designed for the EEE. With the flip-over top / retaining strap in place, the EEE is held very snugly; there is no room for movement. Equally, this means that there is no room for accessories; whilst it might be possible to slide a portable harddrive into the case, you do run the risk of scratching the EEE, as there is no interior partition, or space for one. There is, however, a small pocket on the back of the case – this is fine for a small notebook, or a CD, spare SD cards etc, but nothing more than that. At a push, you could fit your AC adapter, but, I personally wouldn’t do this myself, as it would ruin the lines of the case.

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The Delux case has a “traditional” flip-over top (very similar to the supplied case), which fastens securely with Velcro. The style offers greater protection over the sleeve, as the EEE is completely enclosed. However, it is not possible to add handles to this design. In short, it is a padded and brightly-coloured version of Asus’ slipcase. It’s priced at just under $39.

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The Sleeve style has a small flap, for holding the EEE in place; this does secure the EEE, but, leaves the edge somewhat open to the elements; the flap covers around a third of the top of the EEE, as the photograph more clearly shows. The key difference of this style, however, is the ability to customise the case to your requirements- you can choose whether the case is landscape or portrait (portrait would offer greater protection, as there is less EEE exposed), whether it has a back pocket (similar in design to the back pocket on the Delux model) as well as the option to add handles (long/short, fabric/leather) to either side of the flap. This turns the case into a handbag, which might make it less appealling to some, but, it’s entirely optional. The handles are firmly attached, so I’d be confident carrying the EEE around in this case, and, for those who tend to carry a handbag, this could be an attractive option. Without any options, the case is just under $33; the case as shown in my photographs had small fabric handles and a back pocket (it was horizontal, for the record, but that does not change the price), and is just under $53.

It is, without question, the fabric which makes these cases unique – whilst I have not gone out looking, I cannot recall seeing any laptop cases that look anything like these at all. Whilst the patterns and colours pictured here may not appeal to everyone, there is little doubt that they are stunning, with vivid colours and designs; they are beautifully made, and, according to the packaging material, “handcrafted.” I find that the EEE is a very personal device, because it is so small, and I tend to carry it round with me (like my smartphone), and, as such, I think there’s a good argument for having a case which is just as personal – there are plenty of generic, boring cases on the market, so, having something which stands out may be no bad thing. Fabrix supplies the cases in a variety of designs, so, there should be something to suit most tastes, with a very smart-looking pin-stripe being the most conservative. Here, the Delux case is “Black Amber”, and the Sleeve is “Black Flora”.

The Fabrix cases offer the benefits of padding (which does, it must be said, add a fair bulk to the case), and, optionally, handles, but, most of all, offers a degree of personality which the corporate Asus case cannot hope to match. With the fully-customised sleeve (the more expensive of the two cases here) at approximately £27 at today’s exchange rate, the prices are not cheap, but neither are they unreasonable- these cases are well-made, with solid stiching and good construction. Shipping is an extra $9, so this should be factored in also – however, as the cases come from Singapore, this is not excessive, in my opinion. If you want a case for your EEE which is aesthetically somewhat out of the ordinary, Fabrix could well be the case manufacturer for you.

This review was prepared with samples supplied by Fabrix Cases. You can purchase the cases directly from the Fabrix website, or else find details of resellers.

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Eee PC adaptors coming soon from PDA Hut

January 22, 2008

PDA Hut is has a selection of Eee PC adaptors available for pre-order.

Car Charger for Asus EEE PC, EEEPC, EEE PC 700 or EEE PC 701

Charge keep your Asus Eee PC powered through your Car cigarette lighter adaptor on move.

Input voltage: – 12V (Nominal)
10V- 18V (Maximum)
Input Current: 2.5A (Maximum)
Green Indicator Light for Nominal Voltage Value

Airplane adaptor for Asus EEE PC, EEEPC, EEE PC 700 or EEE PC 701

On a long flight? Why not keep your Asus Eee PC powered and charged even when you are on the airplane without worrying.

International Travel Charger Kit for Asus EEE PC, EEEPC, EEE PC 700 or EEE PC 701

A complete international travel kit for Asus Eee PC, EEE PC 700, EEE PC 701 series. Travelling around the World? This Small and light travel kit powers your device in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. It includes a 1A, 100 – 240V wall power adapter and international plug connectors which can be used interchangeably with the power adapter.


Asus Eee 9-inch Version Gets Touch Screen?

January 21, 2008

Asus Eee 9-inch Version Gets Touch Screen? has been posted at MobileWhack (thanks to Luca)- “It’s no secret that Asus is planning on upgraded Eee PCs with screens larger than the original, measuring 8-, 9-, and 10-inches. Rumors abound that Asus Eee 9-inch, will get a touch screen LCD panel. Asus will reportedly adopt the four-wire resistive touch screen technology. Before you panic that the price would be far off from the original affordable Eee, according to sources, adding the touch screen technology to the device only costs an additional US$15. Hopefully, the price increase wouldn’t be too high. Before you get too excited though, reports say that Asus will limit the distribution of the touch screen versions to a few hundred thousands and will even give preference…”


Win a Brando Eee PC case!

January 14, 2008
Brando recently released a leather Eee PC case which features a high quality design, SD slots and space for cards.All you need to do to win one is to add one sentence to this forum thread, explaining why you deserve to win one.

The closing date is 21st January (midnight UK time) and the winner will be announced on the 22nd. The funnier the answer, the better…


How to: boost the display resolution on an Asus Eee PC

January 14, 2008

From JKOnThRun- “I haven’t tried this yet since I’ve just returned from CES, but Joel popped me a note on increasing the resolution of the Asus Eee PC. The native resolution of this sub-notebook is 800 x 480, the same as many first generation UMPCs. If you’re running XP on the Eee, Asus provides a software utility that easily switches you to 800 x 600 on the 7-inch display, but you’ll be panning, i.e.: you won’t see that resolution on the full screen.

Joel tells me that Eee User has a solution to gain a higher full-screen resolution on the 800 x 480 panel. This approach looks very similar to what I’ve used on the Samsung Q1 series: it’s a combination driver & software method to simulate display resolutions higher than native. You’ll need to have Windows XP on your Eee, which I still do since I needed XP for the CES…” More at JK.


Asus EEE PC UK Stock checker

January 12, 2008

Chris Jackson is a man who deserves to be very popular indeed amongst those of you looking for an EEE in the UK but struggling to find a place which has them in stock. Chris has created a webpage, with some clever technology which check the stock levels at a fair number of online (UK-based) retailers, reporting their current prices (as accurate as possible – he’s tried to include postage, VAT etc, but, of course, it’s the price on the retailer’s site which actually applies- don’t be cross with him if it’s different!) and their stock availability.

Asus EEE PC UK Stock checker“, as the site is cleverly named, checks the stock levels every five minutes, so, you should be reasonably sure of its accuracy.

Bravo!


Everex Cloudbook- ouch for ASUS?

January 8, 2008

Could the Eee PC be under threat from the Everex Cloudbook? Here’s what you get for under $400-

OS: gOS V2 Rocket (oh that’ll be ripped out for XP by the 1337)

RAM: 512MB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM (1GB Max)

CPU: 1.2 GHz VIA C7-M

Screen: 7-inch 800 x 480 pixels

Storage: 30GB hard drive(!) 4200 RPM. More details at Mike Cane 2008.