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I absolutely adore my Asus Eee PC 701SD. I have been using it for several years now and with the exception of a very, very reasonably priced replacement keyboard (coffee + dog = keyboard death) it's still going strong. It's pretty bomb proof due to not being over complicated. It comes equipped with Linux and is ready to go. I don't know a huge amount about Linux so I won't try to describe it in any huge detail, but overall it is easy to use and runs fast, certainly this applies the way I use this netbook. You get some fun games included, and if you want to add any hardware (such as a full size keyboard or a mouse) then you just plug it in and it works! No clicking or installing required.
The screen is 7 inches, which I find absolutely fine for what I use it for. Some websites can be a bit of pain, and require a fair bit of scrolling to read the whole lot. But to be honest once I got used to it it doesn't bother me. I do find it easier to use a separate mouse though. The keyboard is a fully functioning QWERTY keyboard, and I don't think there are any omissions due to the size. There are a lot of handy shortcuts on the F keys but to be honest I don't use them as I've never had any need to. The power button is small, and is placed beside the hinges. The hinges are sturdy and concealed, and even after a lot of use these are not loose at all. I have found the buttons on the mousepad to be a bit dodgy, and before I got a separate mouse I had real trouble getting the click of the left one to register. Possibly due to overuse though! The mousepad itself is pretty good, not too slippery or sticky.
The battery clips in securely at the back, held in pace by two switches, one which will stay in place when unlocked, the other you have to hold; this prevents the battery accidentally falling out. It has sockets for a microphone and headphones, an inbuilt webcam (with mic), an SD card slot, three USB 2.0 ports, a serial port and another which I'm unsure of the function! It may be for a printer though as I say I am unsure. The processor is an Intel.
As you can probably tell, I'm no computer whizz! I can work one well enough but I don't necessarily know all the correct terms, and all the technical info about what makes this netbook so great. But, and I think it's just as useful, I am able to tell you how I use it, it's physical characteristics and how it performs for me (layman's terms, yes, but still!) It's the perfect laptop if you want to simply surf the net, shop online, and chat. The small overall size is great for traveling as well. With the built in webcam (takes pretty decent, if slightly grainy, pictures), microphone and speakers, you have an entire little system, all wrapped up in a neat little package. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone, it really is brilliant, and a very agreeable price too.
After saving my pennys for many many months i was set on getting a Sony Play Station Portable (PSP), that was until I had a go on a friends Asus eee pc (Preloaded with the Xandros version of Linux) and love the thing to peices.
Soon after reciving it i found a way to load Windows XP onto it and I was then away. This nifty little netbook can fit almost anywear, and has a quite resonable CPU speed for somthing so small. The webcam works a treat as well as the mic, however the mic is located quite near the CPU fan which can sometimes make a bit of a racket.
The little SD hard drive is a little small and expensive to upgrade however it means it wont break if you drop it. My soulution to this was to get a 8GB SD card for the card reader, but you could get up to a 64GB i think it is.
Over all, thanks ASUS!
After receiving this tiny netbook for my Christmas last year it quickly became involved in my day to day routine being far quicker and handier than the house-hold computer.
Its small stature allows you to multitask efficiently, carrying it around the house as you go. It also means it can be stored easily taking up virtually no space.
When starting up it takes a matter of seconds. It is loaded up and ready to be used quicker than you can say EeePC, so its great for those quick tasks like checking bus times etc.
It comes with a built in webcam, pidgin (instead of msn) and a good quality mic.
With Skype also free to download and use extremely easily you're never short of a means of communication.
There is however some negative aspects i must mention.
My laptops left click button doesn't work anymore and my brother who received his laptop at the same time has also had problems with his to the extent where his touch pad broke and he was forced to purchase a separate keyboard.
overall, the wear and tear of the product is not too good especially with problems like this being associated with a large number of these laptops.
Also, this was bought for me to take up to university, however with it not being Microsoft it would not connect to the university's internet which was a bit of a hassle. Linux has also caused me more problems, such as not being able to open files of a specific format and i miss having a background wallpaper!
Altogether i would probably recommend buying a similar laptop but with microsoft instead of Linux as it is much more reliable and easier to operate but as i am using my Eee PC to type and submit this, after using it everyday for just over a year, it must be doing something right.
I have had my Asus Eee for over 2 years and, whilst there have been a few problems with wear and tear, I think that is probably due to the extremely high level of use I have got out of it! I bought it whilst at university as an extra to my desktop pc, thinking I could take it with me to lectures. However, it quickly became my main computer. At uni I used my Eee to write two 2000+ word essays, around 30 pages of reading notes and some lecture notes every week. I still use it to surf the internet for several hours most days, I skype with the webcam almost every day and it remains my main computer. I have also wached whole seasons of tv shows and have had no problems from the small screen. PROBLEMS: It has proved impossible (for me) to install Adobe flash 7, which has meant I can no longer watch Iplayer, 4od has never worked, there are a number of software pieces that do not work on Linux (although I assume this would not be a problem if you had a windows version), I broke the screen by dropping the computer but it continued to work with a 'black patch' for almost a year and recently proved quite easy to fix and reently (after nearly 3 years heavy use) the mouse pad has become less responsive. Would still very much recommend though!!
I was having problems with my main PC and could not afford to buy a larger laptop or a new PC so I decided to but this little netbook to keep me going until I could get my main PC fixed.
The laptop is very handy as a reserve for a main PC. I can't tell you if it is ok for alot of wear and tear as I don't use it everyday.
It is very handy for using on buses or trains and I always take it with me on holiday so that at the end of each day I can download my photos onto it and empty my camera. It is also good to use when you are in bed.
It is useful to connect to the internet and has wireless capabilities so can be used in pubs and places with free wireless. It also has a built in webcam which is good if you want to use problems like skype.
It can be used to watch films on as sort of a mini DVD player(which can cost about £150 on there own) but to do this you will need to buy an external DVD player or transfer films onto a large enough memory stick.
It doesn't use windows which is quite weird for someone who is only used to seeing that operating system but everything is set out easily with tab bars at the top to split things down into sections so that you can find whatever you need.
It has alot of similar programs that windows offers such as paint and basic games. It also has simple versions of the programs on microsoft office which when used and saved onto memory stick will open on different programs without problems.
The battery life is quite good once it is fully charged.
The only problem I have with it is the size of the keys, sometimes when typing I accidently press the wrong keys but this is to be expected with such a compact machine.
After using this PC I don't think I would ever buy a normal laptop again.
I have had my eee for about 18 months now and its served me well. its is very simple to use and all software was on it so i didnt have to do anything to it apart from turn it on which was great. The linux software on it is fast, simple and more than you need for a notebook and the size is great to slip into a handbag. A lot of people say that it is too small but personally I find that its perfectly OK, i wouldnt advise writing an essay on it but writing notes, checking emails etc can all be done with easy and it has no problem converting my windows documents. The games on there aren't amazing if ure into xbox and that but if you like simple old style computer games they are good fun. My main criticism is that you can use the webcam on mine as a web cam and it is simply an integrated camera, aparrently I have to download some software to use it. Also it doesn't have a dvd/cd drive so i can't watch film on it which would be nice but when is so small and compact I shouldn't moan. Another thing is it does feel a bit plasticy and some keys on mine are about to fall off. Also the screen on mine did split (after about the tenth time standing on it) which cost me £100 to fix.
Overall a great notebook, mine is first generation so the newer eees have some updated features. Its very useful but CANNOT be used as a main PC.