Product Type: Asus Netbook
Newest Review: ... 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 t... more
Half Decent Netbook But Will Require Some Messing!
Asus Eee PC 900A
Member Name: thedarkfighter
Asus Eee PC 900A
Advantages: Compact size, good screen, senstive mouse, nice keyboard
Disadvantages: Small hard drive, not very many USB ports, Linux OS
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.
Summary: Not a bad buy but not perfect either. With a bit of messing it is very workable!