I displayed my newly purchased ASUS Eee PC in the 'September Desktop Screenshot
' thread, and was asked by ama02:
Snowman, I am considering getting an Asus Eee PC, one with XP, how do you like yours? Pros? Cons?
So I thought I'd give it a 'little' review, from an endusers perspective
I absolutey love it - at least for my use. I use it as a fancy pansy typewriter
- Lightweight; You'll hardly notice it in your briefcase/bag. It weighs less than a pound (incl. battery)
- Size/dimensions; it'll fit perfectly in any purse/bag/briefcase/schoolbag - leaving plenty of space for anything else.
- Cheap; 400-500 bucks ain't that much, considering what you get.
- Performance; (#1) Despite it's size it performs relatively well. The 900 mhz cpu chucks along just fine, with the 1 gb of RAM, at least for 'normal' office/school use. What surprised me the most was the screen. The tiny 8,9" screen is spectacular for it's size, and very easy to read from. Default res is 1024X768. (Linux)
- It's silent; The only moving internal part is the cooling fan. The 16gb Harddrive is a flash/memorycard.
- Battery!! You'd be lucky if you make it last more than 2 hours..... 3 hours idleing. Even when turned off, the battery gets drained. I left it off for about three days, fully charged. When I turned it back on again the battery was almost flatlined.
(Taking out the battery prevents this drain)
- Performance; (#2) Even though there is 1 gb of memory it does seem a bit sluggish to open programs. Low and behold if you've got any music playing, while attempting to navigate around the system or open opening any programs..... This causes the music (MP3) to stutter and cough worse than any older person who've been smoking 3 packs a day for many years.... I have yet to test it with movies.....
How would it perform with XP......
From what I've seen/read on the net, it *should* be able to run it but I kinda doubt it'll be of any use, performance wise after some time. I will definitely be keeping Linux on mine, since it's so 'light' and quite franktly easy to use.
All in all:
A great, cheap little PC for light use, and easy to carry around.
Not for gamers/performance freaks.