Asus R50A now shipping for €1475


Whew! Thank goodness tax is included in that price. Otherwise paying €1475 (~$1880) for the Asus R50A would be ridiculous.

Madrid-based retailer Informatic Center, who is the first in the world to sell the R50A, has evidently been shielded from the economic crisis and has therefore taken a page out of the pricing guide that airports use to justify why a mass-produced sandwich costs $9. Let’s see. Vista-running Centrino Atom UMPC with 32GB SSD, integrated GPS and HSDPA, 5.6-inch touchscreen, and 3.5-hour battery life? Ah yes, there it is. Right between "water, $7" and "50-cent candy bar, $4" in the pricebook.

It’s good to know that sensible guidelines are being followed.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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