I bought this laptop for watching TV when travelling and for using the internet on the move. It was always going to be second to my main Medion laptop. However I have used the eee loads - on the move and at home. I love taking it camping for watching TV and listening to music, and is great for taking on planes! It's size is a definate plus being so small, but it is still fine for typing and the screen is great for web browsing and watching videos. One downside is the amount of memory, but I use a small external hard drive with it, which is no trouble for me at all. I use it in the home and garden a lot too, mainly for surfing the internet. I have also linked it up to my TV so watch videos. I chose the Windows option for ease of use (or laziness!) and use it like a normal laptop - just because it is a notebook it doesn't mean it can't do most things a normal laptop can! It works pretty fast, certainly fast enough for me. I was a bit unsure if I needed this notebook when I bought it, but I'm so pleased I did! I love it!
I bought my Asus Eee PC a few months ago now.
I bought the version that runs Linux, rather than XP. Mainly because it was cheaper, and the Hard Disk Drive was larger.
For the first few weeks, I enjoyed the novelty of working on a small netbook, and I thought it looked very nice. I also enjoyed being able to carry it around with ease, and the fact that it had rather good battery usage.
After a couple of weeks however, I started to notice the fact that, the Eee PC was freezing up rather often. Also, Firefox would often just crash, for no apparent reason. (Firefox is the Eee PC's internet browser.) This started to really annoy me and I felt that i couldn't start anything important, incase I got interrupted and it crashed!
I thought that maybe it was only my machine, but it turns out that, both my brother and sister; (who have identical machines,) were experiencing exactly the same problems.
The price of this machine, seems to make it rather attractive, but I feel, that the problems I have experienced, do not warrant buying the machine, hence why I have bought myself a lovely Macbook, (but that's another story!)
Firstly, a lot of people may be asking the question "why should I choose a netbook instead of a laptop?" - so let's answer this question before going any further!
If you are a business user (like myself) you will benefit from a netbook in a number of ways. The main benefits are how compact they are in comparison to laptops. They are basically the future for compact mobile computing, that are able to support all general administration and communication needs, which can fit onto the palm of your hand and slot comfortably into a handbag, or briefcase, with plenty of room to spare. The 1GB RAM and powerful Atom CPU with supporting Windows XP will be enough resources at your fingertips to get the job done while on the move out of the office. If you are in the creative sector, such as a graphic designer, or photographer, you will benefit from a netbook for slick presentations, mobile freelance communications and ability to compile images for clients in their own workplace. If you wish to be able to heavy edit photographs or to design within Adobe software, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver or After Effects, a Duo Core+ laptop will be more suited for your needs.
If you are planning on buying a mobile computer for yourself, or for a family member, such as a school child, or parent, for personal usage, such as viewing photographs, emailing, listening to music, watching videos, browsing the internet and using MSN - the netbook range is mostly suited if you prefer a smaller PC to carry around the house, or plan to take this out and about with you.
It is not recommended to choose a netbook if you plan to do large amounts of downloading, or running such as high-end modern games and applications. In saying this, the Asus Eee range is capable of playing some modern games at reasonable standard if they are ran from an external harddrive. The latest Asus Eee model for example could run games like World of Warcraft and Left 4 Dead, along with other resource hungry software titles if you have knowledge of overclocking and using external hardware. If you don't, it is advised that you look for a laptop with higher specifications if your main concern is playing top of the range online games.
The Eee range of netbooks were originally aimed at children, due to the size of the machine. A netbook is ideal for a school child to complete homework and communicate with family and friends, while being able to run average games and use as a basic media centre for music and streaming video entertainment.
Another main topic regarding the netbook range is the SSD harddrives Vs the standard HDD. For mobile use, the SSD is more reliable than the standard HDD. This is simply due to that the SSDs have a much smaller storage than the standard HDD, but make up for it due to using less power and allow applications to run slightly more smoothly and have an overal better resource reaction quality on a mobile computer. To make up for the lack of storage space on the drive, the 901 has a built-in card reader, which allows for SD cards to be used as extra storage space for media, if required.
If you are a first time PC buyer, or plan to buy this for an older member of the family to get them online, this model would be a perfect choice and an ideal solution.