Product Type: Asus Netbook
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Asus Eee PC 701SD
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Asus Eee PC 701SD
Date: 24/06/11, updated on 30/06/11 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Small, hardy, user friendly
Disadvantages: Not much storage space, best used for surfing only
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.
Summary: Brilliant product for the internet junkie!
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