[clug] Re: Asus Eee PC first impressions
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Sun Dec 9 23:45:15 GMT 2007
At 10:05 AM 10/12/2007, Robert Edwards wrote:
>... Finally went in on Friday night and they had mine sitting out
>the back waiting for me ...
I had the same experience at the Sydney Myer store. My Eee PC was
actually being held in the games department, not computers, which
caused further confusion. The sales staff seemed a bit annoyed at the
fuss the Eee PC created and perhaps were worried that commissions for
selling $500 PCs are going to be much less than on $2,000 ones.
>The thing crashed (locked up hard) _five_ times on Friday night! ...
I haven't had it lock up at all so far. My first impressions from a
consumer's point of view are positive:
>... The fan d... not that noticeable ...
I found the fan noise made the built in microphone unusable.
>There is a "mouse button" with the touchpad. Looks like a single
>button, but is, in fact, two buttons ...
I found the button(s) too stiff to press easily.
>The Xandos desktop is OK for a novice. ...
The tabbed arrangement of applications was okay.
>Disappointingly, no bluetooth for connectivity to a mobile phone. ...
The WiFi works okay, but I couldn't get it to remember a key. Each
time I turned the machine on I have to reenter the key.
> From the web, some are expanding the RAM from 512M to 2G. Need to void
>the warranty to get to the RAM slot. I haven't done that - yet. ...
I opened the panel on the back and found next to the RAM card a PCI
Express Mini Card slot. Apparently this is omitted from future
versions. What would make sense instead for low cost laptops, would
be some internal USB bays, which could be used with flash drives,
wireless 3G and Bluetooth devices.
>In summary, for A$500, not a bad little package, but definitely not
>a coders machine. ...
Yes. Looks good for a first attempt. Its main virtue, along with the
Zombu, will be to popularize Linux and network based computers for
the general public and business
Zombu have recently released a more conventional looking "Green"
Linux laptop to complement their thin client desktop
Also there is the Everex Green PC sold by Walmart for US$199
<http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2007/11/everex-green-pc.html>. I expect
every PC maker now has a project to configure a cut down, cut price
Linux computer. The mobile phone companies may do well giving these
away bundled with a 3G wireless broadband contract.
We will likely reach the tipping point in 2008, with $500 Linux
computers considered "normal" for home and business use. Anyone who
wants to spend thousands of dollars on a computer with Microsoft
Windows, a large hard disk, DVD or other unnecessary options, will be
considered at best a bit odd, if not anti-social or a criminal
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