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Me and my Mum have been using this netbook for around 3 or 4 years now. Cosmetically, this netbook is certainly nice looking with lovely clean lines, white casing and purple pattern. The mouse was pretty sensitive until Mum spilt a cup of coffee on it and shorted the mouse and keyboard (now been repaired!) The trackpad was smooth and easy to use and made scrolling a joy and the click buttons are quite satisfying to use and you know when you have clicked by feel. I love the keyboard and the flat profile of the keys is absolutely lovely although how close they are took A LOT of getting used to thanks to using mostly full size keyboards normally. One feature thats missing that annoyed me was something to say when caps lock was on or off as it flagged up on screen instead of on the body of the computer so when we removed the easy mode setup we would have no idea if caps lock was on or not until we typed. The easy mode interface was incredibly restrictive and mostly incredibly annoying so I went through a code based hack in the terminal to restore the option to have full capability which not everyone would be able to do. The sound from the built in speakers can be pretty quiet so I advise the use of headphones with it. The built in webcam and microphone aren't very good at all but for basic use it will do most people. The screen is actually pretty good with a nice wide aspect ratio which makes watching videos pretty nice. I would however recommend upgrading the operating system to either the newest Linux build or Windows XP (wouldn't run Windows 7 very well at all!) There are also very few USB ports although the SD Card reader is handy. Although i would recommend this netbook, I would be more likely to recommend an Acer netbook with Windows on as Linux can be quite difficult to use.
It's a really good netbook, one of the first around. Asus really brings quality products. At the moment I'd personally go for a newer netbook instead of this one.
About two years ago I paid Euro400 for it. It worked really well, only the battery would slowly drain when the netbook was turned off. This is quite bad for your netbook so that's not a plus...
The design is really slick, it's about a kilogram in weight so it's easy to take around. After using the keyboard for a while, the click buttons started to wear, they weren't really able to click anymore, they did work, but didn't make a click sound.
Also the processor isn't a really good one.
I can recommend using linux or some cloud operating system on it. It will really enhance your netbook as an internet device, seriously, it will be fast and your files will be available everywhere you go.
On the battery
The battery slowly drains when the netbook is turned off, this is the case with every one of them, it's a manufacturing thing. There's no way to repair it so beware...
I have owned this net book model for around 6 months, and have been impressed at almost every feature of it. It is extremely small, as the specs will say, and so is extremely portable, and only weighs around 1kg.
The screen fills the back unlike the 700 models before it. The inbuilt webcam, speakers and wireless make it very convenient. The only thing lacking is bluetooth connectivity, which can be easily added with a dongle costing less than £5.
The battery life is fair, but not exceptional. Extra size batteries are available, but come at some price, as only ASUS brand ones will do. The solid state drive is extremely fast, and is more reliable than a normal hard drive in that it will withstand greater forces from drops and bangs.
Overall, i would recommend this PC. I have installed windows on mine for ease, but linux is also good for most tasks.
ASUS EEE PC 900A Intel Atom N270, 1.6gHz, 8GB SDD (hard drive), 3 USB ports, 3 hours battery life, 8.9" widescreen - Windows XP Home Edition, StarOffice, iTunes, Microsoft Works, Internet Explorer.
I must admit I was worried about buying a netbook but its size and colour (i have a beautiful pearl and purple one) convinced me. SInce i bought it my life has changed. I can easily connect to wireless networks and found that the snmall keyboard gets natural after a while. It has good sound and camera but I have come across a couple of problems. The trackpad sometimes stops working and then you have to use the buttons instead or reboot to get it working again. The camera stopped working in certain applications and it has been hard for me to find the necessary software online to reload the driver. As there is no CD drive onboard reloading the software has to be done online. This is odd as the machine comes with a recovery CD....strange since there is no drive. A recovery USB stick would have been far more useful. Surrpisingly the 3 hour battery life is not enough. Maybe thats because its so easy to get online and stay on there because of the size and general loveliness of using this machine. I undertsand this has been improved in the new model. You will also get some copatibility issues with MS Office even though the ASUS comes with StarOffice I usually have to save first before I can open documents. This can be annoying but not a deal breaker. iTunes is preloaded which is great but with a tiny hard drive size, its not really possible to use it and still have much else loaded. Despite the little problems here and there this is an delightful laptop to have especialyyl if you have a portable hard drive to go with it or another PC in the house to run the more meaty programs. I love it. I would buy another one and with all the improvements planned for future models - I would definitely recommend to anyone even the most un-technically minded out there as this machine does it all for you.
The 900A is a very sturdy piece of kit, suitable for those on the move or just those who like to surf in front of the TV. It's great for watching movies on when you're on the train too!
The OS it comes with is a dummed down linux for wannabee Windows users, stable but unattractive and fairly useless for any normal user. I recommend formatting and installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix straight away, with that OS it's a supremely powerful little machine.
It'll take you a couple of days to tweak it to your liking but once done it's worth the money. Battery life when watching a movie or surfing is about 3 hours, you can get more my tweaking the brightness etc. It only weighs about 1kg too which is amazing when you think of the relative power in it. To end I would say definitely get a 4-8GB SSD from Kington or similar to maximise the usefulness.