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Asus EEE PC

Postby K2 » Mar 10th, 2009 at 1:08 am

Any of you check out these series of netbooks? I just recently acquired a new 1000HE, and this thing is awesome. Tons of features, processing power and hard drive space for under 400 bucks. I upped the RAM from 1GB to 2GB (cost an extra 25 bucks) and wiped windows XP that was on it and installed eeebuntu, which is a flavor of ubuntu (linux, ubuntu v8.10) that is specifically made for the Asus EEE PC series.

I got this to use for school this fall.

The only downside so far, is that the sound playback is weak as fuck.

Video playback on this is great as well.

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Postby Catharsys » Mar 13th, 2009 at 10:42 am

The thing that was turning me off from the netbooks was the keyboard size. Else the price would make me get one myself.

Was looking at mini9, EEE, Wind, etc.

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Postby K2 » Mar 13th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Do NOT get a mini9 (Dell) - I did a fair amount of research before springing for a netbook, and I haven't read anything stellar about Dell's offering at all.

The keyboard on the EEE is surprisingly large - 92% the size of a standard keyboard. I personally haven't had any issues typing on it.

Also, if you plan on using this outdoors, the screen is matte, which is a plus.

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Postby Nad » Mar 13th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

But its tiny :(
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Postby K2 » Mar 14th, 2009 at 12:24 am

Nad wrote:But its tiny :(


You hear that a lot, dotcha? :twisted:

Seriously, that's the whole point. Small laptop, less than 3 lbs, has the same specs and horsepower of full-sized laptops from 3 yrs ago w/ 4-5x the battery life. Great for school and travel. Decent for watching movies and music. Sucks for gaming.

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Postby Catharsys » Mar 14th, 2009 at 4:18 am

So 92% keyboard, not bad. I've found that the keyboards with the smaller shift/alt/ctrl keys are decent to type on. Hows the overall screen. Easy to read? I've looked at laptops at stores and the sub 12" I wasn't for sure about.

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Postby K2 » Mar 14th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Yeah, screen is fine. Of course I have better than 20/20 vision... but if you can navigate the screen on an ipod or PSP without any difficulty, than a 10" screen is plenty big.

Here's a comparison between my 10" Asus EEE PC and my Dell XPS M1710 with a 17" display (both are widescreen):

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Postby Nad » Mar 16th, 2009 at 1:23 am

I might get one of these and a cingular card for my truck. Been looking for a smaller solution that had some punch.
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Postby K2 » Mar 17th, 2009 at 12:54 am

Oh hey a lil update - I just tossed Windows 7 build 7057 (RC1) on my Asus EEE PC - it's awesome. I'll go into the aspects of W7 later, but lets just say I am very impressed with W7.

FYI - the weak sound issue must be a linux thing. The speakers are plenty loud under W7.

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Postby Maverick » Mar 17th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

A co-worker just bought the Dell Mini 9, but his criteria was for a netbook that could be hacked to run Mac OS X.

It's pretty cool seein it with MAC OS X and the screen is better looking than I expected.

But I'm still on the fence about netbooks. I understand the niche they fill but the keyboard size is an ender for me.

I'm perfectly fine with my Dell Lattitude ATG D630.
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Re: Asus EEE PC

Postby Nad » Apr 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I think I'm gonna get one of these for my wife for mother's day.

Where did you get yours and what HDD did you go with? Seems like I can go with a 16gig solid state, or 160gig 5400rpm. I saw you had problems with your other solid state drives and wanted to know your thoughts on the ones that come with the EEE series.
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Re: Asus EEE PC

Postby K2 » Apr 28th, 2009 at 12:08 am

Go with the 160GB normal HDD. It's not a performance system, so dropping in an SSD, while it would save on battery, isn't gonna do a whole lot for ya performance-wise.

You can get 'em thru amazon or newegg.

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Re: Asus EEE PC

Postby Catharsys » Jul 9th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I just go myself one. It's the 1005HA-P and man it's really nice. I tried the -H version at Best Buy and chose to go for the higher model since it has some extra features that were nice. Still getting use to the ribbed touchpad.

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Re: Asus EEE PC

Postby Nad » Jul 9th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Keep me posted. I still haven't bought one for my wife, but I plan on doing it before too much longer.
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Re: Asus EEE PC

Postby K2 » Jul 10th, 2009 at 7:56 am

Catharsys wrote:I just go myself one. It's the 1005HA-P and man it's really nice. I tried the -H version at Best Buy and chose to go for the higher model since it has some extra features that were nice. Still getting use to the ribbed touchpad.


Sweet. I kinda wish I had held out a lil bit for a newer model, but I'm still pretty happy with the one I have now. I tossed a 60GB SSD in mine as well - battery lasts noticibly longer now.

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Re: Asus EEE PC

Postby Nad » Aug 13th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Broke down and bought one tonight. Kid body slammed my Inspiron and separated the screen from the pc. Time to download all of my files again.
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