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    Asus Eee PC. Anyone own one?

    I am going to be looking for a labtop in the coming weeks and after a few reviews and research on my part, I think this would be a great buy for my needs. I was just wondering if anyone had one or any recommendations. Thanks!
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    If you don't mind typing on tiny keyboard button and small flash disk, go for it.

    I recommend get an external usb hard disk to hold your data.
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    We purchased 20 for our retail store (Hardware) and unfortunately the holidays stopped us from digging into it and seeing what we could do with it. Its "Cute" really, with an older xandros distro that suits it fine.

    I would wait for the 9 inch or the 9.8 inch screen version which will allow you to extend it much easier coupled with greater viewing screen.

    They are very cool though, hook a USB kb/mo and VGA monitor and you've got a little win there.

    It didnt take but maybe 10 minutes of demoing it within our store to forget I was using a mini laptop.

    You can enable the KDE desktop quite easily (Instead of the customized desktop environment).

    Install whatever else and experiment in a number of ways.

    We're just seeing the first of these ultra efficient mini laptops, give it 3 or 4 months and they will get better fast.
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    I got one last year, haven't really used it that much, but they are certainly great if you do a lot of travelling and just need something small to go on the Internet and check email. I find the keyboard hard to type on due to size, but would probably get more used to it after a bit more time.

    The disk size isn't too much of an issue as you can get fairly large SD/USB memory now anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel View Post
    ...give it 3 or 4 months and they will get better fast.
    And more expensive too. The price point is what makes the eee so attractive right now.

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    Even if they doubled in price, they'd still be less than just about anything else in that size/weight class.

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    It is CHEAP. That is why so many want to get it. Don't ask for more eg. bigger screen or larger disk.

    If you need bigger screen or disk, you should get a normal laptop instead.
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    The 9 inch will fit in the same case, the 9 inch screen is expected to increase the cost 20 bucks.

    If this holds true I'll get one myself.
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    I've heard good things about these and will be picking one up when the 45nm chips are released.

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    mine should be coming in today. I'll write up a nice review.
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    :/ i dont know why but i would never go for a small laptop..
    (im guessing it will be small by the other reply you have received)
    i have a 17" HP. and i will say it is marvelous for designing and watching movies/listening to music ( bigger speaker, almost too loud)..

    but you cannot play games on it ...needs a better video card
    Who is this infamous HTML i keep hearing of, is she cute?

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    Small is the idea, ou can take it anywhere no hassle no weight


    My biggest first impression is its -silent-

    Oh and the UI feels strangly restrictive. I'm installing XP now
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    You can enable the installed KDE desktop over-riding the xandros desktop environment.

    control alt-t will bring up your console for config editing.
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    I know, but it's fairly resource intensive
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    Misticil and I finished installing a tweaked nLited XP on his Eee yesterday; the thing *flies*. He's got the 2G surf edition (slowest of the bunch, 571MHz and so far not easily overclockable, unlike the other models), yet it takes less than 20 seconds to have the system fully loaded up (the XP loading bar goes across 2, maybe 3 times).

    As a Libretto owner (the old L50s), I'm somewhat familiar with (the limitations of) ultraportables, and I have to say the Eee left me impressed. The keyboard is quite responsive, the keys are just large and far enough from each other to allow for comfortable typing (which I can't really say about the Librettos I had). The screen, although limiting with its 480-pixel height, looks great and uses next to no power on minimum brightness (I'm quite sure this machine can be pushed to 4.5-5.5 hours on minimum brightness and no wireless, perfect for student note-taking). Plus, overall, the entire machine feels solid and looks really good.

    As far as complaints go, I have two:
    The bars on each side of the screen contain a pair of tiny circular speakers that don't sound too great; I'm sure they could've placed better, rectangular-shaped speakers in there to fill the space and provide better sound. Also, the touchpad is a *pain* to use; the mouse "buttons" (actually one solid button that you press left or right) are relatively unresponsive and need much more pressure than you'd need for a regular laptop touchpad with two separate buttons.

    Other than that though, I must say I'm impressed with the Eee; playing around with misticil's yesterday left me wanting one (which I'll probably get once the 8/9" version comes out... 480 pixels of height just doesn't cut it for me).

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    There is a 10 inch touch screen rumored =)

    We found last week that until an update was one (Default install)
    control-alt t, sudo apt-get update, then sudo apt-get upgrade the mouse would hang (This is on just one of 20 we've messed with.
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    If they add a touchscreen + stylus, keep battery life about the same (or better), and don't increase the price too much, this would make *the perfect* student note-taking machine: type notes on the keyboard, draw the diagrams on-screen, and no mass of papers and binders to lug around! A smart move by ASUS if the rumours are true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel View Post
    There is a 10 inch touch screen rumored =)
    For anyone that isn't aware, the following mobile is being released in a few days. It's essentially the same form factor as the eee but has a 30 GB hard drive.

    http://www.everex.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy View Post
    If they add a touchscreen + stylus, keep battery life about the same (or better), and don't increase the price too much, this would make *the perfect* student note-taking machine: type notes on the keyboard, draw the diagrams on-screen, and no mass of papers and binders to lug around! A smart move by ASUS if the rumours are true.
    It already is the perfect notetaking machine ; ) (remember the 2G surf has a smaller battery than the rest of the pack)


    I don't like the everex
    1: ugly
    2: moving parts are less appealing than the solid state in this form factor
    3: touchpad or lack thereof.
    4: VIA processor being based off a core that -really- dislikes out of order instructions. (yes the celery int he EEE is slower, but it's a much faster archetecture.)
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    Battery-wise, you're right, the other models do have about 40 extra min in them with avg use; I'm sure it'd be more with brightness all the way down and wifi off. I wouldn't go as far as calling it the perfect notetaking machine though =P. Not until they put in a touchscreen so one can draw diagrams nicely and write directly on-screen if necessary. A slightly bigger (in vertical pixels) screen wouldn't hurt either, 800x600'd be quite a bit more usable than 800x480 (that's just personal preference though, still good for notes with 800x480).

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    I have one of these but to be honest, have never really used. Its just too much faffing around to use as the screen its too small!

    Battery life is rather disappointing too if you ask me (compared to my Dell Vostro which is a lot more powerful yet lasts 2-3x longer!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MxHub View Post
    It is CHEAP. That is why so many want to get it. Don't ask for more eg. bigger screen or larger disk.

    If you need bigger screen or disk, you should get a normal laptop instead.
    bingo! he nailed it.

    if you want bigger screen, hard disk, ram...etc. there already million $500+ laptop floating on the Net and retail store.

    what's the point of wanting bigger screen, hard disk or RAM if it will increase the price beyond the current sweet spot $399.

    i bought mine at Tawian with chinese keyboard. i bought it with intention of install WinXP on it and it's great that Asus include WinXP driver. if they didn't i doubt Eee PC will sold as many as they did.

    my Eee PC setup is WinXP Pro.(nlited), Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Outlook and OneNote) F-prot AV, Windows Defender, CCleander, WAMP, EditPlus, Ruby and Firefox.

    it work great but the keyboard is tiny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewskii View Post
    :/ i dont know why but i would never go for a small laptop..
    (im guessing it will be small by the other reply you have received)
    i have a 17" HP. and i will say it is marvelous for designing and watching movies/listening to music ( bigger speaker, almost too loud)..

    but you cannot play games on it ...needs a better video card
    Eee PC is like a sup up PDA.

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    I actually find the EEE runs Quake 3 fine.

    Also if you know what your doing with nLite you can get win xp down to 80ish megs of ram. It's a beautiful thing.
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    I'll stick with scoring a used full-sized laptop on eBay for the same price. When I see Eee, I think Eeew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    I'll stick with scoring a used full-sized laptop on eBay for the same price. When I see Eee, I think Eeew.
    That's not childish at all ; p
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