Pros great keyboard; excellent camera; excellent bootup speed; great surf/video machine; Xandros based Linux; 2 SSD drives built in; User upgradable 1G RAM; superb battery life; nice form factor; good software loaded;
Cons support can be challenging; RH shift key awkwardly postioned; ICEWM desktop a compromise;
Summary The ASUS EEE 1000 laptop is one of the nicest little machines I have owned. I previously had the Sony Picturebook C1-MV and the Sony TR3a. This machine is truly a step out in front of the pack. A clear advantage is their SSD drives, two of which are installed on their machines (1x8G + 1x32G). For the average user this will mean a quieter, longer lasting, lighter user experience. For those who have been waiting for these drives to come down in price, this is a chance to own at a reasonable price. Additionally, ASUS throws in 20G of online storage (5G/day download limit) for this model. An added advantage is a boot time of about 23 seconds, directly due to these drives.
I also find the keyboard to be excellent (with the single exception of the RH shift key which is positioned outside the RH up arrow), it fits my large clunky hands well and has a nice crisp feel. Equally impressive is the 1.3M built in webcam, it delivers crisp images especially when doing video Skype calls.
A quick word about the software loaded on this machine. I have the Linux version which runs a desktop called ICEWM. For people who aren't used to Linux, you will see large program icons categorized by tabs on the top. The tab named Internet holds a numbeer of useful apps, including the Firefox browser and Google Search. Work contains the open office tools plus File Manager. Play has not only a dvd playback (incase you hook up an external dvd player or download a dvd backup file) but also the versatile linux Mplayer (labeled here as Media player). I was able to download a 2 hour movie I had Tivo'ed (about 1.5G) but also extract a digital copy of Jumper (included on the dvd) both of which played flawlessly on a flight from the East Coast to CA.
The only drawback that I have really detected so far,though not uncommon with new machines, is a lack of user forums and support. ASUS does try and has a free VIP site, but I have found that other linux magazine forums and articles to be more helpful in wringing more out of this machine. Linux Format (http://www.linuxformat.co.uk) has written a series of articles over the last few months giving all kinds of interesting things you can do to get more out of the EEE series of machines.
In closing, I have found this machine to be one of the best laptops I have seen out of the box, and it has been worth the wait to get the 10 screen/keyboard combination. Thanks ASUS.
Pros * small and potable for travel
* LONG battery life 4-7 hours
* fast for simple tasks = Internet and watching you tube or movies
* great for skype and web conferencing
* The most quiet PC I have ever used
* Never seems to get hot
Cons right shift key to small
That's all I don't like
Summary Although it can't do as much in terms of video editing, I like this netbook better than a $1,800 notebook I use to have with a dual core. I can travel with this and it weighs about 2.3 lbs and the battery lasts and lasts - WELL worth the $440 I spent
Pros - Cheap
- No lag
- Good overall usage and interface
- Excellent mousepad (You won't get this kind of multi-touch mousepad in other conventional laptops)
- Good use of Asus HybridEngine, allows the tuning down of power usage as per needed
Cons - Slightly heavier than its predecessors
- Though still cheap, i expected more juice at this price
- Lacking in graphics capabilities
- Slow when multi-tasking
- No internal optical-drive
- Small capacity of HDD
Summary I had no problems with its sleekness and overall usage. It delivers as an internet-surfing laptop with no-frills that is easily carried around with minimum fuss. Battery life is also a plus point since at its minimum power consumption it can last up to 5-6hrs. Though it can be a tad laggy when multi-tasking but in the first place this notebook is not meant to be a conventional laptop replacement. So i suggest for those who are using heavy graphics or processing power to forgo this laptop. It is outstanding in its own market range. Towering well above the likes of HP Mini Note and MSI Wind. It sets itself apart mainly with the ability to change the processing power consumption by the Asus- patented Hybrid Engine. Apart from its slight glitches here and there, Asus Eee PC truly delivers. And if i would recommend a notebook for those who frequently travel and yet doesn't have deep pockets, then Eee PC is the best you can get. Head down to the nearest retailer and get one. I assure you won't regret it.
Pros Size, weight, convenience, speed.
Cons Right shift key is going to take some getting used to by stretching your pinky a little.
Summary No complaints so far, had it for a week, love the casing, not cheap like other manufacturers out there today, comfortable, a little small depending on which resolution you use but that is expected with this size. Otherwise, great price with it's features both physical and operational.
Pros This is a great computer for people who lose the disc, or if you have no computer expertise this thing is great! The people on the number on the back walk you threw everything.
Cons I actually have nothing bad to say about this computer obviously.
Summary I will be buying another one of these, there great sturdy excellent quality for a very good price. If I never had a computer, I would buy this one.