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Unboxing the Asus Eee PC 900

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legoman666 15th April 2008, 14:19 Quote
Why do you taunt me so?
RTT 15th April 2008, 14:23 Quote
want!
lewchenko 15th April 2008, 14:25 Quote
The original screen was too small. This version has now got me interested. Its a shame the processor is such a slouch though. But hey .. for £329... its ok. They should really stick to below £299 though.

Also.. some photo's next to other real world objects .. like a magazine please. So we get to appreciate its size.

I also think they should ditch the white plastic look. It tries to look like a mac book, but just looks cheap.
TreeDude 15th April 2008, 14:26 Quote
Shame the processor still blows.
UncertainGod 15th April 2008, 14:27 Quote
hmm, I wonder if it is as easily extendible as the 700 series was.
CardJoe 15th April 2008, 14:31 Quote
Pretty much the same hardware inside though, so it's easily overclocked to the full 900MHz.
samkiller42 15th April 2008, 14:31 Quote
Looks quiet good, any idea if its going to be available in Black? Like the last, as it looked really smart.
Although, maybe the price is a little steep, considering you can pick up a laptop for 50quid ish more, bah, oh well.

Sam
Arkanrais 15th April 2008, 14:33 Quote
(how?) can you get one of these to run its CPU at stock speeds - or do you have to do the whole de-solder/re-solder with a new CPU?

edit; I'd probably get one of these just for movies on the go or to play diablo 2 while stuck in meetings or waiting for oppointments. speaking of diablo 2, can you get the screen to switch to 800x600 (native res of D2 LOD)?
docodine 15th April 2008, 14:33 Quote
I just bought a black Eee PC 4G Surf knowing that a new one was not too far from release. I have no trouble with the screen size, only with the internal storage space, though a portable external will fix that. Any hopes of a CD/DVD drive on the Eee PC 900?
lewchenko 15th April 2008, 14:35 Quote
Other people that have overclocked their EEE's back to 900Mhz have experienced crashes though if running the overclock for prolonged periods of time.

An excellent guide to overclocking your eee is here : http://www.cyb3rglitch.com/Overclock-Eee/Overclock-Eee.php
Tim S 15th April 2008, 14:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
Looks quiet good, any idea if its going to be available in Black? Like the last, as it looked really smart.
Although, maybe the price is a little steep, considering you can pick up a laptop for 50quid ish more, bah, oh well.

Sam

It will be available in black, yes. :)
ClearCaseMan 15th April 2008, 14:49 Quote
at a glance this seems like a deal. but I just purchased a gateway laptop with a intel core duo 1.6ghz 3 gig of ram and a 250gig hd for $649.00 us the conversion from the 329.00 to us dollars is. 329.00 GBP = 645.920 USD to me it just seems more of a toy than a tool for that price when you can have much better for less.
Firehed 15th April 2008, 14:52 Quote
I wouldn't at all mind having one of these, provided I can get a longer-lasting battery. But even still, I'd probably wait until I can find some hacked version of Leopard to install on the thing (I DO have two unused seats from my family five-pack, after all).
Fusen 15th April 2008, 14:53 Quote
are you sure the CPU isn't clocked at 900Mhz? Engadget reviewed the same model and their one wasn't underclocked.

Also, I'd wait till the Atom CPU is used around June instead of buying it now
phuzz 15th April 2008, 14:54 Quote
I really really want one, but I threw away a dell flyer yesterday offering a low spec laptop (semperon 2Ghz, 1Gb ram, 120Gb Hd) for about £270, probably exVAT, but still, that's a whole proper laptop, for just about the same price.

How about a quick poll on what OS B-T readers would by these with. Personally I might swap the included distro for Ubuntu, but why would you want to run windows on something like this? (I have a gaming rig with vista for that sort of thing)
UncertainGod 15th April 2008, 14:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by ClearCaseMan
at a glance this seems like a deal. but I just purchased a gateway laptop with a intel core duo 1.6ghz 3 gig of ram and a 250gig hd for $649.00 us the conversion from the 329.00 to us dollars is. 329.00 GBP = 645.920 USD to me it just seems more of a toy than a tool for that price when you can have much better for less.

Your price conversion doesn't include tax which rapes us all quite alot in the uk.
sandys 15th April 2008, 15:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by UncertainGod
Your price conversion doesn't include tax which rapes us all quite alot in the uk.


Even so with so many proper laptops available around the £300 mark I fail to see the point to this, I like it because its small but with the eeepcs not having great battery life or performance you may as well buy a proper machine, if they could give you this at the originals price point then superb but over £300, much mor difficult purchase.
CardJoe 15th April 2008, 15:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fusen
are you sure the CPU isn't clocked at 900Mhz? Engadget reviewed the same model and their one wasn't underclocked.

Also, I'd wait till the Atom CPU is used around June instead of buying it now

I specifically asked the Asus rep who bought this round, so I'm pretty sure.

And @Firehed, you can get extended batteries direct from Asus I believe - but 2 and a half hours still isn't bad. I've had mind run for around 3 hours without using wifi before on one charge with the standard battery.
theevilelephant 15th April 2008, 15:12 Quote
looks nice :) and yes there are laptops for £300, the point of the eeepc is that its so small, light and portable. I will wait a while in the hope the price dips below the £300 mark.
Jordan Wise 15th April 2008, 15:21 Quote
looks miles better with the big screen but just how long till they're atom equipped?
LAGMonkey 15th April 2008, 15:22 Quote
God how i do want an EEE, But as suggested above, im waiting for the Atom version. Lower power requirements. Also, remember that this is NOT a gaming laptop. Its for communications and basic office tasks with surfing the net. You do not need a powerful UBER computer for that.
I currently have a perfectly good IBM T20 as my travel partner (feel the speed of 700Mhz intel P3) and it does the job, for now. But its starting to fall apart (litterally! ) and it wont last forever.

OH, and black is sexy :P
Tim S 15th April 2008, 15:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
looks miles better with the big screen but just how long till they're atom equipped?

Later in the year I reckon. Maybe Computex (I doubt it), but more likely September or so.
Mankz 15th April 2008, 16:07 Quote
When will I be able to get one in the UK?
Hugo 15th April 2008, 17:22 Quote
1st may is the official launch date :)

We hear eBuyer will be getting fairly decent stock ready for the launch. But all the usual suspects should be okay.
fathazza 15th April 2008, 17:35 Quote
meh, for that money id rather have the hp mini-note/2133. Aside from the cpu pretty much every single spec is better, it looks a lot nicer, and is cheaper! (299 for the basic model)
Tho im saving my monies till the full specs of the msi wind are released. supposedly is going to have a 10" screen, intel atom, and a 7 hour battery life!
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