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Good: Weight, portability, ease of use
Bad: Installing other programs not easy if at all possible
Comment: Apart from not being able to install programs easily if at all, this little machine has it all. And the pricetag is unbelievably small for such a giant worker. Internet access, Skype, no problem installing printer drivers. Everything was so easy to do and all programs one normally uses are on it. It will not replace your desktop but for travel it is marvelous. Best money I have spent in a long time!!!!.
Good: How light weight it is.
Bad: Lack of Bags for it...
Comment: I bought an eee pc 2GB white one back in February this year, and have loved playing with it some much that i've needed to format the drive at least 3 times. I love that i can use it as a portable media player with a decent sized screen, i know all you other nerds will disagree because of the 7" screen, but find me a DVD or MP4 Player that is wireless, and lightweight for £200..... I thank you...
I really do think it is a great piece of equipment, for kids i suppose you may want to consider the XP version which i think has been released or is about to be released, but for all you Tux fans keep the OS that is on there and download codecs for the mplayer so you can play DivX films and other content.
The version i have come with a soldered 512MB Ram chip and 2 GB solid state drive, however i bought a really cheap transcend 8GB HC SD card which is great for storing my DivX content on it. If you're going to keep Linux on there you wont need to worry about spending more on the versions with the inbuilt webcam or the removable and upgradeable ram, but if you want to upgrade to XP then you'll want to look at the 4GB, not the 4GB surf as the surf comes with the same type of ram as the 2GB version but just has that 2GB extra SSD HDD Space.
To sum it up, its Awesome!
Good: Great feel & design
Bad: Battery life 2-3 hours
Comment: This is the best piece of computer technology since the BBC micro in the early 80s. Everything just works, email, web, office, internet radio. It has some really fun games, but thankfully no MS Windows (with associated spyware, viruses etc), and it just looks damn sexy. All for around £200!
Good: Lightweight, long AC cable, good battery life, good keyboard, cheap.
Bad: Supplied operating system, puny storage capacity.
Comment: This machine is hot property at the moment and that's down to one factor above all else - price. It's what caught my eye and doubtless what has caught everyone else's eyes as well. What is more, for the price, Asus has put together a nice package. It does feel quite well-made and comes with a little protective case and a generous AC lead; the sorts of extras you expect get when you pay for an expensive laptop - and sometimes don't get!
Anyway, as an owner of a normal-sized laptop and a tiny Sony UMPC, I feel in a reasonably good position to judge the EeePC, and, to be honest, it really does address a lot of the problems I've encountered when using both UMPC's (ultra-mobile pc's) and normal laptops. The EeePC is shockingly small without drastically compromising typing functionality, as is the case with the Sony UX1 - which while far more handsome and much more powerful than an EeePC, is not particularly suitable for mass text input. The EeePC also outfoxes normal laptops by being this small; that is provided you do not need powerful processing and graphical power.
The EeePC is ideal for web browsing, emails, writing large tracts of text on-the-fly and things like that. It is not particularly 'sexy' in any colour, despite Asus' best efforts. There's nothing wrong in the look, exactly, it’s not hideous, just not remotely flash either. This particularly evident in the white model, which is the one I have. It looks like an apple Mac stripped of style and bereft of coolness, with the keyboard looking somewhat retro to me - in a bad way.
Beauty is not skin deep, though, and the EeePC does what I want; that is helping me work, in comfort, typing on my lap or on a coffee table. It doesn’t get so heavy and hot as to numb my knees and then set fire to them without my knowing, even less does it hog the tabletop and rob my friends of a space to put their croissant.
However, all this said praise and functionality was dependent, at least for me, on installing a decent operating system, since the one that is supplied is difficult for more advanced users to enjoy. It’s too restricting, particularly if you have several machines and are used to chopping and changing files between them – suddenly you’re faced with the EeePC and it’s not-quite-linux, not-quite-windows, not quite anything system. Yuck. Even the hidden desktop mode is awful. Admittedly the Eeepc is aimed at kids, they say, but kids are smart enough to not dismantle windows and apple piece by piece and, indeed, children these days are raised on PC’s outshine many adults in the use of them.
So, in short, if you just want to surf and work, this is ideal… and refreshingly cheap without being ‘cheap’.
Good: small size, light, performance, fantastic voice command
Bad: casing material
Comment: i just got it for few days, and i like it so far!! The small size is perfect to fit into my bag. I can carry it anywhere. The performance is good too!! The computer can be turned on and off in a very short time. To be honest, i am not used to it at very beginning when getting the device; after all, it's quite different from the Windows OS i am using for ten years. I found voice command is helpful for me. With this feature, i just say"Computer" and "applications' s name" to open the AP, saving me much time to search from the menu. Thanks for the nice design to include this fantasitc feature!!! : )
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