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Unboxing the Asus Eee PC 900

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fathazza 17th April 2008, 01:04 Quote
in most of the tests the hp thing is running vista tho so is already gonna be behind... In real world usage the reviewers all seem to think the performance is more than acceptable.
Given its on a par pricewise with the eee 900, i just think the other specs push it ahead, much high res of 1280x768 is a big step up from 1024x600, other things like bluetooth, express card slot, proper hdds/flash options and general look of the device more than outweigh having a slower processor....
Frankly the hp looks a lot better than tha asus, which looks a bit fisher price "my first laptop" to me...


im going to wait till june when most of the other competitors will be out, as i said before the msi wind is looking well specced, and the ECS G10L looks quite funky too, as it has built in hspda. an updated hp 2133 with the isiah cpu in it may well be around by then too.
fathazza 17th April 2008, 01:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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.


3 hours isnt so bad, but when you look at other (much higher spec ofc) ulta portables offering 5-7 hours it doesnt seem so good. it all depends what you want to use it for obviously, i just like the added freedom that an extra couple of hours gives you that means you can leave the ac adapter at home...

Im a bit of an ultraportable fanboy, i had a toshiba libretto what must be approaching ten years ago now, and that was awesome great for pocketability too tho a bit cack for everything else

Ideally id get myself one of those 11" sony lappies but the my money tree hasnt been flowering recently :(
Firehed 17th April 2008, 05:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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.
I'm assuming that only resets the OS and doesn't wipe out any locally saved data... (though with this type of device, I'd be quite inclined to work on a lot more stuff "in the cloud").
CardJoe 17th April 2008, 07:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
I'm assuming that only resets the OS and doesn't wipe out any locally saved data... (though with this type of device, I'd be quite inclined to work on a lot more stuff "in the cloud").

Wipes everything, all data and the OS, restoring it only to how you got it when you bought it. It sounds extreme, but it's a handy feature and I've used it more than once - just copy everything onto a thumbdrive and hit F9.
Mother-Goose 17th April 2008, 11:35 Quote
does sound handy! before everyone goes out and buys one though, Atom based units are scheduled for June/July. Well worth the wait I think as it's slated to get over the battery life issue.
Tim S 17th April 2008, 11:40 Quote
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Guessing no one won the paper, scissors, rock and it became a free-for-all

Well, it distracted the whole office for the morning! :D
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