Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Asus S96S Whitebook

I've done some present day calculations for assembling a Santa Rosa white book using a ASUS S96S chasis. Surprisingly, it can actually be done for a fairly decent price. First, I will list down a list of prices that I'd found for the parts first.

  • T7100 CPU - GBP 137 (T7300 - 161)
  • 1Gb PC5300 RAM - GBP 30 (2Gb - 37)
  • 60Gb SATA HDD - GBP 29
  • 802.11a/b/g Wifi - GBP 10
  • DVD+RW - GBP 28
So, the total for the components would be GBP 234. With a 3% discount from PC Next Day, that's GBP 227.

Now, for the chasis. The ASUS S96S is selling at DABS for GBP 390. With 3% discount, that would be GBP 378. However, considering that it's selling in the US for about $525, I'm fairly certain that I can hunt around for a better bargain. The chasis comes with:
  • NV 8600M GS graphics with 256 Mb dedicated memory
  • 15.4" 1280x800 screen
  • all the other trappings of a 600 quid laptop
So, the cost for assembling a decent Santa Rosa white book here, would be around GBP 605! That's really cheap for a Santa Rosa notebook. However, I would need to do all the assembly myself. So, this exercise is certainly not for those without the know how, tools nor confidence.

Personally, I like the idea of having an upgradeable laptop. I would certainly upgrade the RAM and HDD when required. The wireless card could be upgraded to 802.11n once they've settled the specs. The DVD drive could be upgraded to a HD-DVD or BD drive when those become affordable. Also, the processor could be upgraded to a much faster one if it's slowing me down too much (which I doubt).

Another very suitable alternative for me to mull over the next few months.

UPDATE@1136: The chasis might actually come with a DVD writer. In which case, I could save about 30 quid and spend that to upgrade RAM or processor.

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