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Still, there’s nothing in the Eee PC’s price range that comes even close to offering this level of capability. Other UMPCs cost three to four times as much, and don’t offer that much more in terms of capability or performance.
You can get one in Canada by following these links — http://ca.asus.com/wheretobuy.aspx).
Nintendo DS (www.nintendo.com/ds) or Playstation Portable (www.us.playstation.com/PSP) — While on my last vacation to Hawaii, I found myself with more than two hours to kill at the Honolulu airport, surrounded by kids with either the Nintendo DS or Playstation Portable. I wanted one. I wanted one because I hate travelling, and I hate travelling because I hate all the standing around and waiting involved. I’ve also never been able to sleep on trains, planes or buses, and you can only read so many hundreds of pages of a book before you’re ready to gouge your eyes out.
I really have no idea which portable system to buy at this point. Nintendo DS has great games, including strategy games like the re-release of Myst, an innovative two-screen control system, and the ability to network with your friends wirelessly. The battery time is also pretty good; it’s the cheapest option — just $139 at Future Shop. On the other hand, the PSP has a larger screen, better graphics, better speakers, the ability to play music, television shows and movies, and a library of over 350 games including original titles and PS One games. New operating system upgrades also let you listen to Internet radio stations and use Skype. The price is not so far from the Nintendo at $169, or $199 with a bundled game.
The PS3 (www.us.playstation.com/PS3) — I know, I’ve already got an Xbox 360 but a guy can dream, can’t he? Besides, with Blu Ray the winner of the high definition format wars it’s not a bad deal to get the PS3 for the Blu Ray player alone. You can also use it to watch television, surf the web, play games, and do a few other things that the Xbox 360 can’t quite manage. This is definitely not something I’m planning to buy right away, but as the price keeps coming down it’s getting harder to say no.