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The Eee PC is a Sub-Notebook, which today is known as a net book. They are designed to be portable so you can take them anywhere.
They are usually funky looking and are very expensive, but are more money than they are worth because of the specs.
The Mac Book is an example; it looks like a high spec futuristic laptop until you look at the combination of the poor specs and a price that would scare off the biggest Apple fans.
Let's start with the drawbacks:
The track pad is much too small and the mouse buttons are too stiff, although the scroll on the side is nice.
The screen isn't very bright and the anti glare makes the screen look a bit dirty. You can't use this in direct sunlight as it's impossible to see.
It's also quite expensive, it can be found for around the £350 mark.
On the plus side:
This model is a very small notebook with a standard keyboard and a 7 inch display.
It has an 800MHz processor made by Intel and has Linux installed as the operating system, although it is possible to install other operating systems, like Windows XP.
The memory it used is Flash memory, which is basically what you get in a USB stick. It can hold 8GB of data. It also has 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and the battery will last about 3.5 hours, depending on what you use it for.
It also has 3 USB drives, this is good because you can connect external hard drives to it and store the data there.
You also get the other basic laptop features, like microphone and headphone jacks, VGA output and SD card reader.
It also weighs less that a Kg, making it very light.
It also starts up in seconds, not minutes so you're always ready to get going.
My Personal Experience:
I installed Windows XP on it almost straight away although I did test the Linux first.
The only things I found better with the Linux installed was that it was quicker to start up, quicker to wake up from sleep mode and generally quicker overall.
The 1GB of RAM is easily enough to run XP and ran most basic applications nicely, like email, internet and Office.
The internet is a bit of a pain though because the screen is so small. You will constantly be side-scrolling your pages but they have addressed this issue with a side-scroller below the track pad.
I found that the battery ran out very quickly so unless you're near a power plug its not very good.
The keyboard was a bit fiddly because of the small keys and takes some getting used to and you will constantly be hitting the wrong key, but there's no other option if you want a micro laptop.
Overall I would say that its not a bad net book, could be better but there isn't really that much out there at the moment. It isn't as good as some of the Dell net books and some of them are cheaper but if you're not a fan of Dell then this is an option.
3 Stars for a nice little net book would be lower but the problems I listed are present with most other net books so they won't be solved by anything else.
I've had the Eee PC for about a month now and I absolutely love it. I think you need to be very clear about what you're buying a netbook for and honest with yourself about how you'll use it. It was clear in my mind that I wanted it for two purposes: to be able to get online at home when my husband is on the main computer, and to be able to travel with it and use it outside without lugging around some great heavy thing. It has satisfied both requirements completely.
First of all, superficially, it is amazingly compact - it fits in my handbag and doesn't weigh much at all. It feels nice and is finished well - it doesn't look cheap.
It does take quite a lot of getting used to because of its size. The keyboard is very small and it's taken me a while to adapt my typing (I touch type but find that with certain keys I need to look at the keyboard and be slightly more aware of my fingers). The screen is also very small (which is to be expected!) and it takes a bit of time to get used to not seeing the entire screen. But having used it quite a bit I now feel quite quick and I don't find it hampering. I will say this though: my husband hates it. Maybe it's because he has bigger hands or maybe he just hasn't had the patience to play with it and get used to the screen, but it doesn't work for him.
I probably won't use it for much more than getting online and maybe doing a bit of writing (mine came installed with Microsoft Works which isn't great, but it's not a computer that you would ever want to do a lot of word processing, power point, etc. with so it serves it's purpose). I find the wireless connection to be good and had no problem getting it signed on to our home network.
The one real negative is the battery life - it's TERRIBLE. I've never timed it, but I would imagine that it doesn't last more than a couple of hours at a stretch before needing a charge, which is a bit of a pain if you're using it outside or somewhere away from home without any plug sockets.
Well, what can be said about the EEE-PC? This revolutionary technology has changed the way we can browse the internet whilst on the move.
As a Computer Scientist, I thought this would be ideal to take to lectures and act as a replacement for a normal laptop whilst I was in lectures. I wasn't disappointed. After first powering up the machine I was surprised how fast the boot time was partly due to the low requirements of the custom built Linux OS. I was also impressed at the size of the machine which looked very small in the palm of my hand.
There are however, many drawbacks with the EEE which soon made me disgard my rose-tinted spectacles. The screen is very small and hard to navigate particularly as it scrolls to fit a larger resolution on such a tiny screen. Furthermore, the wireless and ethernet connectivity of the machine are very temperamental due to the Linux OS which is still incompatible with many wireless routers.
All in all, if you are just looking to surf the web whilst on the move then this is ideal but if you wish to do much more, I would recommend a full size laptop/notebook to get the job done.
I will be writing similar if not identical reviews for all eepc models, not in an attempt to make money from reviews (though after a break into my car i do need more money lol) but because all models function similarly and being an extensive linux user and proud owner of an eepc I think I can offer a lot of tips to viewers. If you want further advice feel free to contact me.
Note*skip to unlock full mode subheading to find out how you can change the interface to look like windows.
The user interface is childish yet simple, some people prefer to load windows xp instead (instructions are given for this), or some prefer to load other versions of linux. My argument would be DON'T unless you really know what you are doing or are really clueless about linux and too lazy to learn. First off windows is not designed for low power laptops like this, linux IS so you will lose a lot of processing power when running programs in windows rather than linux, secondly i'm sure you have all seen the amazing features that can be achieved with compiz fusion (if not check youtube) and may be disappointed to realize you have to change linux distribution to use it. If you do change linux distributions be warned that the hardware may not function as well, a good example is Ubuntu linux, a great operating system but hard to get a lot of usb memory devices to work. My advice would be stick with the stock xandros but unlock full mode.
Unlocking full mode:
Open up terminal (ctrl+alt+delete) then type:
1) Sudo bash (and enter your password as prompted)
3) apt-get install kicker (press y when prompted)
4) apt-get install ksmserver (press y when prompted)
Now press your power button and a new mode called full desktop is available
I would recommend at least 1 gig ram, on most models this is easily upgradeable via an expansion slot on the underside of the device
Hard drive size:
The eepc's come in a range of hard drive sizes, this is the trickiest part to understand. Too small memory means you cant install many programs and the biggest version means a different type of harddrive. Make no mistake the solid state hardrives (ssd's) are quicker, and bearing in mind how cheap external hard drives are now I would reccomend either the 4gb, 8gb or 20gb versions. The 160gb (?) version is unnecessary and any smaller than 4g is not very practical long term. You can also expand the memory using the sd card slot up to 32gb. Currently I would recomend 16gb sd cards for their value for money.
SD card slot:
Great way to expand the memory, technically speaking it is slower than both a normal hard drive and a ssd. But in reality I have had not major effect, infact for photos I find the sd card very fast. See photos for more information.
DO NOT use the file manager to view photos if viewing lots at a time as it will take forever to load. Instead use the built in gwen view.
A nifty feature for all you linux newbies. GIMP allready installed is the linux equivalent of photo shop and for SMALLER photos is actually superier to photo shop which costs hundreds of pounds ^_^
Key board size:
All I will say is I have fat fingers but got used to it quite quickly.
Three hours imo is an understatement, you can extend this significantly if just typing. Switch off wifi, dim your screen and don't play music or video.
Other useful hints:
When trying to get help for doing fancy stuff with linux you can also check out debian linux advice since xandros is based on debian a lot of the stuff still works.
I have not looked into this yet but I would recommend seeing if synaptic package manager is available and installed in xandros as this will give you access to lots of free programs to install, literally thousands of them if you know the sources.
I have had one of these for a few months now, having bought it as a lightweight and portable machine to use instead of my main laptop when travelling. On the whole, my experience of it has been positive, though there are some notable negatives.
First impressions: the machine is very neat and well finished. I personally like the exterior, which doesn't try to be anything it's not - although some friends find it a little too "kiddyish" for their liking. The machine is very lightweight, coming in at around 1kg, and feels firm and robust - not cheaply put together. The machine powers up quickly from start, the screen quality is high, and despite pre-purchase reservations, the screen is more than big enough to be useful. Navigation via the touchpad is easy.
Now for the cons: battery life is poor. My machine manages only a couple of hours before a charge is needed. The machine also consumes a lot of battery power on standby (assuming it is not also plugged in) - so much so that I have left it on standby on more than one occasion only to find it no longer on standby when I return, as the battery is flat. This could of course be remedied by buying one of the longer life batteries that are now on the market for this product - but given the (currently not terribly competitive) price of the machine, understandably many will not wish to do so.
The keyboard is also small and could not be used practically for long periods of time. My machine runs Linux and I've not yet worked out how to view the newer version of Microsoft files using my Open Office software (I think these are the files created in Office 2007 applications). I think this is something to do with the "x"extension to the file (e.g. docx etc). A quick Google seems to suggest that there is presently no way to do so (happy to be proved wrong here!) although this may change over time.