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Unboxing the Asus Eee PC 900

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dslickness 15th April 2008, 17:39 Quote
Whoa, now you got me hooked =D. Thats a good deal. Finally bumped up the res, storage and ram. I'd go and buy it hehe.

Now that processor mod from before would really be worth the time. Of course it would kill the battery.
wuyanxu 15th April 2008, 18:36 Quote
sold!

just wish it's 2GB...... any chance you can tell me it's upgradable to 2GB RAM?
zachjowi 15th April 2008, 19:03 Quote
I just bought a 4G version and it is at my door today.
MrMonroe 15th April 2008, 19:11 Quote
Am I the only one who is utterly uninterested in these things? Tiny keyboard, tiny screen, an underclocked crapelon processor... What's the appeal? It's small, so it's harder to type and you have less screen space to work with? I just don't get it.
echostrike 15th April 2008, 19:31 Quote
dude--overclocking the original eee could not be easier--since one of the first offical bios's had the switch b/t 630mhz and the full 900mhz built in. All you have to do it boot into the bios screen and choose between max performance & max battery life, and the core voltage and mhz will be automatically set. Hasnt crashed once for me (running an nlited version of xp). Just search around on eeeuser.com and you'll find what i mean.
oasked 15th April 2008, 19:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrMonroe
Am I the only one who is utterly uninterested in these things? Tiny keyboard, tiny screen, an underclocked crapelon processor... What's the appeal? It's small, so it's harder to type and you have less screen space to work with? I just don't get it.

Portability. I didn't realise quite how small it was until I saw it in the flesh. It made my 12" sub-notebook look massive by comparison. :)
Tim S 15th April 2008, 20:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrMonroe
Am I the only one who is utterly uninterested in these things? Tiny keyboard, tiny screen, an underclocked crapelon processor... What's the appeal? It's small, so it's harder to type and you have less screen space to work with? I just don't get it.

As oasked says, it's about the portability and the fact you don't have to pay through the nose to get that portability - it's not a machine that you'd use as your main machine of course, but it's pretty good for when you're on the move. :)
CardJoe 15th April 2008, 20:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by oasked
Portability. I didn't realise quite how small it was until I saw it in the flesh. It made my 12" sub-notebook look massive by comparison. :)

Plus battery life. For me, mobility and battery life is a clear win - perfect for press trips or liveblogging.
fathazza 15th April 2008, 21:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Plus battery life. For me, mobility and battery life is a clear win - perfect for press trips or liveblogging.

huh? the battery life isnt great tbh
wuyanxu 15th April 2008, 21:28 Quote
and don't forget being green.

i am currently using a q6600+8800GTX to program a simple AVR C code. it's using up more than 150w of power idle, and i don't need even 2% of it's processing power. i only need a text editor, even a 486 would be good enough.
Firehed 15th April 2008, 21:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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.

Well I already get ~2.5hrs with my MBP with the WiFi on (and 99% of the time, a laptop without WiFi is useless to me when I'm on battery). Of course it's four times the size and probably three times the weight, but I already own it too.
TomH 15th April 2008, 21:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by RTT
want!
Amen. DO WANT.

They've basically released a model that takes care of the only gripes I had. :D
mr_carl 15th April 2008, 21:47 Quote
I really want one, but we haven´t even got the 700 series here yet I wonder how long we have to wait on this one, or Ill just have to import it ;)
Anakha 15th April 2008, 21:52 Quote
WANT!

And a bigger battery, upgraded processor, GPS, Bluetooth, Touch-Screen, Solar panel on the back of the lid, Fingerprint reader, extra storage, memory card reader(s), that kind of thing.
UsIreland 15th April 2008, 23:12 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.
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Originally Posted by MrMonroe
Am I the only one who is utterly uninterested in these things? Tiny keyboard, tiny screen, an underclocked crapelon processor... What's the appeal? It's small, so it's harder to type and you have less screen space to work with? I just don't get it.

My laptop is a 15.4" dell Precision M60, pentium M 2.0ghz, 4gb ram, all the trimmings. Its great i can run everything i need on it (including 3d cad). But the thing weighs an absolute ton. I need to bring it up and down to college every day as I take all my notes electronically. I am now seriously considering an EEE pc simply because i could put it in my pocket. If i were buying another laptop today I wouldn't buy a 15.4" screened jobby i'd definitely go with a 12.1 or smaller.


Sure the eee cant run 3d Cad, and sure its not the best at running matlab (the core program we use the most in college) but it does work just fine. And with a spare battery its good for 5hours. One of the girls in our class has a pink one, and even though its pink every one of us queue up to use it, its such a great little machine to use. Her's runs windows xp but I wonder if its possible to run matlab in Linux?

Anyway I'm rambling now but just think of the eee pc as something totally different from a Laptop. As its been described a "netbook" great for word excel and surfing the web.

Regards
Ian
wuyanxu 15th April 2008, 23:44 Quote
those of you speaking this as useless don't have a 300w desktop computer to run.
and as UsIreland said, it is much more attractive than the average laptop due to it's size and weight. think something smaller than an A4 paper, something weights less than a mug of water, something you can hold with 1 hand all day long, and something with no mechanical parts, so you can abuse it all you like, it'd still function.

the EEE PC will manage every day task, even Matlab (a bit slower) perfectly fine, just need more RAM.

my concern is that i want 2GB of RAM in there to run Vista. sure some of you may say it's slow. but i just cannot live without its search/stibility. whenever i go on an XP, i expect to be able to launch programs by simply typing it's name.
Matticus 16th April 2008, 01:13 Quote
wuyanxu, you can do the run > type program in, on XP but you just have to have the actual filename, ie to open winamp i just wrote winamp.exe.

I am really interested in the EEE now, before it didnt look as nice and had crummy amouts of storage, but now its a bit too expensive. If they where below £300 I would snap one up instantly.
docodine 16th April 2008, 05:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
sold!

just wish it's 2GB...... any chance you can tell me it's upgradable to 2GB RAM?

Yeah, I stuck a 2GB Corsair stick in and it works just fine. Beware though, the distro of Linux that comes with it only reads 1GB without modification.
IanW 16th April 2008, 06:03 Quote
Possible article typo:-
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Originally Posted by original article
While the original Eee PC was extremely popular for being extremely inexpensive and having a diminutive 7” screen size, many complained that the 800x480 screen was too small and the 8GB of hard drive space just too limiting.

The EeePC 700 8GB version has only just hit in the USA, not available in UK yet. The only versions launched in UK are 4GB & 2GB ones.
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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.

The CPU is a 900MHz underclocked to 630MHz, so it depends if your hardware info tool is asking the CPU:-
a: How fast can you go?
or
b: How fast are you going right now?
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Originally Posted by MrMonroe
Am I the only one who is utterly uninterested in these things? Tiny keyboard, tiny screen, an underclocked crapelon processor... What's the appeal? It's small, so it's harder to type and you have less screen space to work with? I just don't get it.

Portability, as stated by others. I can speak from personal experience that the EeePC will fit on an economy-class tray table and still leave room for a coffee!

/me now adding an Atom powered 900 to my wish list for next Xmas (to replace my 700).
notatoad 16th April 2008, 07:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrMonroe
Am I the only one who is utterly uninterested in these things? Tiny keyboard, tiny screen, an underclocked crapelon processor... What's the appeal? It's small, so it's harder to type and you have less screen space to work with? I just don't get it.
you're not the only one. i really don't get it. sure, it's small, but i don't see how that makes it more portable. it is still too big for a pocket. if you want to bring it anywhere, you are going to have to throw it into a bag, and a 9" laptop fits into a bag just the same as a 15" laptop. and i suppose it's light, but if my bag weighs an extra pound i don't really care. my n800, on the other hand, is actually portable. it has the same screen resolution as the 7" eee, and fits in my front pocket with ease. it has a word processor, firefox, msn, and just about everything else the eee can do.

@wuyanxu - check out launchy for a good keyboard program launcher for xp, or google for vista start menu replacements. there's a couple of them.
CardJoe 16th April 2008, 08:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by fathazza
huh? the battery life isnt great tbh

The battery life is fine. I've had three hours of life out of it on one charge. When you weight up the battery life/weight trade-off then this is pretty damn good. Low weight, decent battery and small size = epic journalistic device.

And it actually does fit in some of my pockets - I can wear a winter coat or some skater jeans and squeeze it in there. Plus SSD = less worry about damage.

I also especially like the recover option too - as a Linux n00b, if I **** something up then then I can just tap F9 as it boots and restore perfectly to the default install in less than a minute.
Mother-Goose 16th April 2008, 09:25 Quote
I love it, but I'm going to wait for the Atom powered unit, well worth the wait I think.
Cupboard 16th April 2008, 10:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu

my concern is that i want 2GB of RAM in there to run Vista. sure some of you may say it's slow. but i just cannot live without its search/stibility. whenever i go on an XP, i expect to be able to launch programs by simply typing it's name.
There is a little thing in Ubuntu called "Deskbar applet" that essentially does the start menu thing and more - it is really handy. I am sure you must be able to add it into the default install

I will be getting one of these as soon as I can - as others have said, it has sorted all the little problems with the original
Daniel114 16th April 2008, 11:29 Quote
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Author: bit-tech Staff

Guessing no one won the paper, scissors, rock and it became a free-for-all
gigik 16th April 2008, 22:53 Quote
2fathazza - according the test cpu in hp mini-note/2133 is real sh*t only produces heat (aluminium body of the mini note become quickly very varm) and this underclocked celeron beats him even C7 is running at 1,6ghz (in the top spec, the basic for 299 is having 1ghz...lot lot slover, no skype video call posible)

yea mnin note is nice, full keyb, but i want atom inside!!

i am looking forward what dell, acer,... show us soon :-)
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