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ASUS Eee PC 901 - Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HDD 12 GB SSD - GMA 900 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0 - WLAN : Bluetooth, 802.11a/g/n (draft) - Win XP Home - 8.9" Widescreen TFT 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA ) - camera

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      21.08.2012 20:00

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      Perfect for travel, but not a substitute for a more powerful computer

      My family has had this netbook for five years now, and it's still in excellent working condition, despite making it through numerous business trips and two gap years. It's one of the smallest netbooks on the market, smaller than a lot of the newer models (exclusive of tablets), and very lightweight.

      We did have to replace the original charger and adapter, but the computer itself has not had to have any repairs in five years, which is more than I can say about many other computers.

      The keyboard is small, but this is very easy to get used to, and is far outweighed by the benefits of having such a small computer to take travelling or on small trips. Although it has a small screen, I have neever felt as if I were squinting or having problems reading using the computer.

      The memory is fairly small, so I do recommend some external disc space if you need to store anything on your computer, but with three USB ports, this isn't difficult to sort out. There is also a memory card reader, which is not common in such small netbooks. Speakers are louder than you might expect, and the battery has never over-heated, even after constantly running in 34 degree heat.

      I couldn't think of a better computer to take travelling, as I never worried about my computer breaking or being stolen - who would want something five years old when the next person over has something brand new, even though my netbook was more useful!

      I don't recommend this to use in place of a more powerful laptop - different computers are built for different purposes, and this one is suited for carrying around, not for working from.

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      25.01.2011 13:41

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      Great netbook but a little too small for me.

      The EEE pc 901 is a good little laptop but just a little too little for me. The screen is surprisingly useful and a huge improvement on the original 7inch models and but for me the main difference between this and the larger models is the ease with which I can type on the keyboard, this being significantly harder than the larger models.

      Windows XP loads quick and I have had no problems with installing any programs with most things now downloadable and if not it is fairly simple to use a CD-Drive over a wi-fi network, living without a CD-Drive is much easier than I had expected. The wi-fi range has been good and is not too much of a drain on the battery, it is easy to get 4 hours or so with the screen brightness low and in power saving mode.

      The size of the hard drive is a bit small and does limit any storage of videos etc for long flights but its easy to chop and change SD cards and the knowledge that its solid state is nice in case I drop it (I haven't yet). The netbook is very sturdy but also very light making it the ideal companion for anyone that needs to be portable and doesn't want to carry a 5kg laptop on their back. The finish on the laptop is very nice although you may find it susceptible to fingerprints on the top but there are now loads of cases out there to keep this nice and shiny for when you want to show it off.

      I wouldn't say that this is capable of replacing my PC but has certainly would replace my main laptop if it wasn't for the size of the keyboard (or my hands) so I have opted in the long term to use the larger EEE PC 1000h. I haven't tried it on this model but a quick and easy RAM upgrade did help the speed of my 1000h.

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      25.07.2010 17:48
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      Great little laptop for daily use and carrying around anywhere.

      I bought this to replace an older eeePC 701 which I absolutely loved but often wished it hand a longer battery life and bigger screen. I actually think this is the best laptop i've ever owned and in many ways i've been waiting for something like this to come along for the last 10 years. Its the perfect compromise between something which is small and light enough to carry round with me all day everyday and something which is powerful enough to do pretty much anything I want. After owning several laptops with larger 14" and 15" screens its so nice to travel with this machine instead, especially when flying.

      Its great for using when travelling. Its small size means it fits even on the smallest of train and plane tray tables. Its quite practical to use in the back of the car and I even took it offroading in the back of a land rover to use it as a satnav system. I usually take it with me each day to work and its light enough to carry round all day and even if i'm in meetings all day the battery can last all (or at least most) of the day.

      The 9 inch screen is big enough for most applications and because its a matte screen not a glossy one you can actually see it in sunlight! Unlike so many other laptops which may look great in a darkened room but as soon as you use them outside they just become a mirror. Occasionally (like when doing photo editing or having lots of windows open) it would be nice to have a bigger screen but for most day to day tasks its more than adequate.

      The 1.6ghz processor is more than fast enough for most day to day tasks. I've used my machine for browsing the internet, watching videos, editing photos, editing videos, programming and running satnav software and its been more than adequate. Unless you want to do high end gaming or serious video editing you really don't need anything faster! The 1gb of ram has also been enough for most occasions although running google earth for too long seems to make it run out of memory. I think I read you can upgrade the RAM to 2gb just by opening a door on the bottom of the laptop but i've not tried.

      The built in speakers are reasonable quality for a laptop but don't compare to most external speakers. I often use the laptop to stream TV programs while cooking and it works great for this although sometimes I struggle to hear them slightly if there is water running or something is boiling away.

      The battery life was excellent when I bought the battery often in excess or 4 or 5 hours depending on screen brightness and the wifi. However my laptop is now nearly 2 years old and I now only get about 3 hours but that is still far better than the 1-2 hours my old Sony Vaio got.

      I bought the Linux model which includes a larger 20gb SSD instead of the 12gb that comes with the Windows model. The Xandros Linux distribution that ships with it is actually quite nice and i'd recommend it for somebody new to computers. However I found it a little restrictive, some USB devices didn't work out of the box and updates seemed to lag behind other distributions. I've since installed Ubuntu which works brilliantly. I often use a Three E220 mobile broadband (have tried a tmobile and o2 E160 as well) dongle without any problem. The 20gb SSD is actually a 4gb and a 16gb one. I put the operating system in the 4gb one and have about 1gb left. Then I put all my documents and photos on the 16gb one. I do find that only 16gb means I can't have all my photos on there but its enough for a decent subset (I often put my latest photos on before going to see my grandparents so I can show them recent photos) plus a few films. If you need extra storage the SDHC card slot allows an extra 32gb to be installed or you can just bring an external hard disk.

      My only compliant is they keys on the keyboard are a little small and can be a little difficult to type on at times. But, they are more than bearable and I wouldn't not buy this laptop because of them. I also managed to damage my keyboard when I dropped some marmalade on it and then cleaned it with a spray solution I had that claimed to be keyboard cleaner. This cleaning fluid seemed to dissolve the tracks to some keys and only half the keys worked afterwards. I bought a new keyboard off ebay for about £10 and replacing it was pretty simple.

      I don't really think that any laptop produced since this one has come close. I think the size/weight/price and solid state disk of this laptop was the perfect combination. Unfortunately the manufacturers seemed to have started make netbooks which weight more, with bigger screens and hard disks.

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      24.02.2010 02:26

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      Perfect if you work on the move

      Having recently started a new job that involves a lot of travelling up and down the country I decided to splash out in a small, affordable laptop/netbook so that I could keep myself productive whilst sitting on trains for hours on end.

      The eee pc 901 was recommended to me and initially I was dubious as it was much cheaper than anything else of a similar size that I had seen (it really is tiny) and the versions most widely available support open source software rather than the Microsoft Office packages that I am used to. Being a bit of a computing Luddite, this worried me. However my fears were proved unfounded when I took the plunge and bought it. The eee pc 901 came loaded up with everything that you could realistically need of a small laptop/netbook and all the programs can be used in conjunction with Microsoft Office documents meaning that if someone emails you a Word document you can open it, read it and edit it and then send it back to them for them to be able to do the same. Perfect and very quick.

      Also very quick and easy is connecting to wifi hotspots and the internet. Everything is built in so you literally just have to be in range of a wifi hot spot and click on button to connect. The eee pc 901 also fully supports USB drives and has 2 slots. This is particularly handy if you want to use a mouse or supplement the system's relatively small hard drive by using USB dongles.

      The relatively small amount of storage space on the eee pc 901 could be an issue if you wanted to store large amounts of music or video files on there but you would do well to fill it with Word and Excel documents. So whilst this isn't a real downside, the tiny size of the keyboard is. It is not really the manufacturer's fault that the keyboard is so small, it is more the nature of the beast. However it is difficult to use and even after around a month of regular use my touch typing is notably worse than it is on a desktop.

      Don't let that put you off though. If you are looking for a small machine to use primarily for work and are on a budget, then I can not recommend the eee pc 901 enough.

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      16.08.2009 21:56

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      This review was locked by dooyoo for lack of quality content so I've decided to rewrite this review to make it as useful as possible for anyone considering buying this netbook. I've been using this netbook every day since I purchased it a year ago at a time when stocks were limited. The main reason for purchasing this EEE PC, the computer is light weight (approx 1kg including the power adapter), small and reasonably powerful for a machine of its size, it can run windows XP reasonably well and most important of all the price. At the time I purchased it for around £300 but now one can pick one up for maybe £200 online. In the past there have been small laptops of this size however they have been very expensive, in the business range retailing anywhere between £1000 - £2000. Just compare the price of the lightest Asus laptops that were released on the market 5 years ago compared to this EEE PC 901 and one will realize just how good value for money it is.

      A year ago, there weren't many netbooks around, and Asus was one of the main pioneers of netbooks so received highly rated reviews. However recently a range of netbooks from various manufacturers have been released.

      The main criticism of the EEE PC 901 is the small keyboard and lack of hard drive space. The EEE PC 901 uses flash memory rather than the traditional IDE internal drive, thus making the netbook lighter and saving power, however since flash memory is still in the early stages flash memory drives tend to be small compared to traditional hard disks. The EEE PC actually contains two separate flash memory chips. One for the C drive which is quite fast and another for the D drive which tends to be quite slow. All the main programs and software should be installed on C drive for maximum performance.

      The keyboard is small however I recommend connecting a USB keyboard if one is going to use it at home. A USB keyboard can be purchased for as little as £10 these days. Admittedly for anyone who plans to type up documents for long periods of time whilst on the move, it would be better to buy at netbook with a bigger keyboard such as the Samsung N120 (see my review).

      The EEE PC 901 is energy efficient consuming only 20 watts. I find it ideal not only as a netbook but also as a low powered computer to leave on 24/7 downloading files and torrents whilst I am away.

      Overall even with the new competition from other manufacturers the EEE PC 901 is still one of my favorite despite some minor flaws. It has a classic design that will not outdate and if you can buy it for less than £200 it would be money well spent.

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      15.05.2009 14:49
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      If you can get this at a bargain price then consider it, otherwise try a more recent model.

      Small (the keyboard takes some getting used to and I have small fingers), and feature packed, this netbook is the device you don't realise you needed until you buy it. This laptop boots up in 20 to 30 seconds and has a reasonably long battery life (was lasting 6 - 7 hours initially, this has degraded after lots of use). As you would expect it has built in wifi, and bluetooth which make it ideal but by no means unique.

      The sort of things we use this for are web browsing whilst sat on the sofa, (either facebook or looking up things relating to whats on the tele). With it's SD card slot it is handy for previewing digital photos on a largish screen. And with the machine able to fit into a handbag, it's easy to do this all this outside without needing to worry about the battery dying.

      Preinstalled software includes Skype (rescued us on holiday when our bank cards weren't working in Japan), Microsoft Works (on the windows version), and free online storage software.

      Worries with this are reliability - very occasionally the wifi drops and strange hissing noises come out of the speakers - and ease of use for someone with, uh, podgy fingers. The laptop isn't the fastest either (firefox seems to stutter occasionally when many tabs are open), but for it's size and price that is to be expected.

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        07.02.2009 19:48

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        Great laptop for fun or basic use, not for business

        A great laptop for using on the go, powers on and off very quickly, lots of cool features you don't get on a normal laptop like periodic table and games such as frozen bubble, penguin racer and go karting all built in. However the battery life is very poor, advertised as up to nine hours on the asus website but in reality this can only be achieved when all functions of use - bluetooth, wireless internet connection, graphics etc are switched off. All in all an excellent and fun piece of equipment but definitely more suitable for people looking for something to use for fun and basic internet use rather than for work purposes, great for kids in particular as basic office applications work fine and are compatible with Microsoft office if needed to view on other computers. Also has easy links to google documents and built in email and webcam

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        18.01.2009 01:10

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        I would say the Eee PC is really a 'Handy Little Laptop', I actually got mine off a IT Diploma Course at college, I really do love it, Its not 100% fantastic and doesnt beat a normal laptop.
        Its great for taking on holiday and also on a plane, It is ideal for use on long journeys in a car so you are not bored.
        I fell in love with my Eee PC as soon as i got it and i am on it a lot, I use it for MSN Messenger etc... It is also very fast and easy to store somewhere as it isnt to big. Really its a basic little laptop for anyone, Loads of people i know love the Eee PC.
        I dont prefer it to my Acer Desktop PC, I would recommend it to family and friends, It is a smart little laptop.
        It doesnt cost much also and worth the money.

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        07.01.2009 19:58

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        Wonderful to fit in your bag for access on the go but not suitable as a laptop replacement

        Your opinion of the Asus Eee will vary greatly on what you expect from it. If you know that what you are getting isn't exactly a full spec laptop and you want something cute, small and portable, then this is for you.

        It is far from being an adequate replacement for a conventional laptop and the screen size will let it down. The features supplied aren't bad, for example you will have skype already installed which is good and there is a webcam so that you can immediately communicate with your friends.

        I have quite small hands, but I do still find it a little bit difficult to target the keys properly without accidentally pressing the surrounding ones, which I think others would find a bit of a problem if they even had average sized hands.

        Considering the specification of the computer it does function quite quickly and has little lag. The touch pad also responds well so using another mouse is not necessary although works as soon as it's plugged in.

        This is probably the best sort of laptop for something who just wants to access their emails on the go and make use of wifi in hotels or other public places, for example, while being able to fit it in their handbag or even pocket!!

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        28.12.2008 16:37
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        better than the old one

        This review is of the new asus EEE pc. Its been quite fun using and reviewing this one as its not like your usual laptops, and in many ways its a lot worse however at the end of testing it iv got to say I really like the asus EEE pc and however rubbish it might be I think I will end up buying one if some of the features just improve a little or if the higher spec editions become cheaper.
        I'm reviewing the new better version of the EEE pc this time as I reviewed the cheapest one last time and although it was quite good I though the amount of memory it had slowed it down and that there also wasn't enough storage space of it.

        This dearest one is about £300 at the moment although I have seen it for £260. I do think they will get cheaper in the future though just like anything does so a lot of you might want to wait a little longer before getting your hands on one of these.
        The asus eee pc is really small and versatile, its just 225 by 35 by 165mm which really isn't big at all.
        Unlike many other pc tablets of this size this one does look exactly like a laptop which is something I really like about it.
        It can come in a whole range of different colours however the only one I have used is the white one and is probably the one id get if I was going to buy one.
        A downside from some peoples point of view is the small keyboard, now I'm not the fastest typer anyway and one this small keyboard I did tend to make even more mistakes than I usually do on a normal keyboard. This is something you do get used to though and after a couple of days using it I had noticeably got better and could type nearly as well as on a full scale keyboard.
        There are 2 USB ports on the right of the laptop and then a third on the left, there's also a D-Sub video output port for those who want to use an external display. There's also a card reader sunk nicely into the laptop.

        It is extremely portable, its tiny design and its quite small 7 inch screen makes it so easy to take wherever you want with you. If you are worried about the 7 inch screen being too small then just don't be, its easy to get used to. Granted I couldn't actually use this as a normal laptop at home however on the move its just a perfect size.
        Its battery life is a pretty good 3.5 hours. Which I think could have been better as some full sized laptops are now boasting an amazing 7 hours of battery life. However this does just have a 3 cell battery pack which is half the normal laptop battery pack.
        It is also really light barely weighing just 1kg its really portable and will barely make a dint in your pocket.
        Unlike the other one I reviewed this one has double the amount of ram and at 1gb it actually runs really fast. It still doesn't have a massive hard drive though and this edition of it only has 8gb, most of which is already taken up by the operating system however its possible it put at the maximum 32gb just into the card slot and if you have an external hard drive or just a usb stick you could really have as much hard drive space as you want so this isn't a huge problem.

        There is a webcam, speakers and even a microphone which is on the under side of the laptop, these are things I just wouldn't expect for a laptop of its size however it's a good surprise that it has these great features built into it.
        I feel I better mention the Linux operating system, I'm really not sure why they have choose this over windows, perhaps it is easier to use and more child friendly than windows it. But that it what it feels like. You can however change it to windows if you want, apparently the programs you need to do this now comes in the box however it didn't with the one I tested so I am unsure about this. However I'm sure you could find help online or even et somebody to do it for you as I don't suppose it would be hard to do.

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      This Eee PC 901 offers even more options to users for unique user experiences. With its shockproof Solid State Drive (SSD) design, users will be able to enjoy stable and reliable computing on-the-go; while high speed 802.11n connectivity makes it the ideal traveling companion for outdoor activities.