Asus Eee PC 900 review: Asus Eee PC 900

The SD card slot offers a good opportunity to boost the hard-drive space, letting you pop in your own flash memory, adding to the built-in 12GB (4GB is on the motherboard, and there's an 8GB SSD chip under a user accessible panel on the bottom of the system. That's still not a lot of space for files and applications (and less than the 20GB that the otherwise identical Linux version supplies--your bounty for skipping the cost of an XP license).

The Eee PC 900 has the same Intel Celeron M processor as both the 7-inch Eee PC and the Intel Classmate PC, but gets a small boost in our iTunes test from having more hard-drive space to work with. The Eee is still faster than HP's VIA-powered 2133 Mini-Note, but that 800MHz CPU is starting to feel more than a little dated, especially since both Intel (with Atom) and VIA (with Isaiah) have new low-power chips coming out soon for Netbook-style laptops. Still, for basic Web surfing and working on office documents, the Eee PC's underpowered processor suffices, as long as you keep your expectations modest.

The Eee PC lasted an impressive 3 hours and 22 minutes in our video playback battery test, with its four-cell battery. That's 10 minutes longer than the 7-inch Eee PC, and a significant improvement over the HP 2133 and even the $1,900 Lenovo IdeaPad U100, both of which lasted around 90 minutes on the same test.

Asus covers its laptops with a standard, one-year parts-and-labor warranty, and it offers online Web-based help and a toll-free phone number. The company's support Web site includes the expected driver downloads and a brief FAQ but lacks useful features such as user forums or the chance to chat in real time with a technician.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 900
3,096 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 900
641 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 900
206 

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Asus Eee PC 900 (Windows XP)
Windows XP Home Edition SP2; 900MHz Intel Celeron Ultra Low Voltage M353; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 915GMS Express; 12GB Phison Solid-State Drive.

HP 2133 Mini-Note
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.6GHz VIA C7-M Ultra Low Voltage; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB VIA/SG3 UniChrome Pro II IGP; 120GB Seagate 7,200rpm.

Asus Eee PC 701 (Windows XP)
Windows XP Home Edition SP2; 900MHz Intel Celeron Ultra Low Voltage M353; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 915GMS Express; 4GB SiliconMotion SM223A Solid-State Drive.

Lenovo IdeaPad U110
Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 120GB Toshiba 4200rpm.

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    Asus Eee PC 900 (white, Windows XP)

    Part Number: 90OA09BA1112131U305Q Released: May 12, 2008
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date May 12, 2008
    • Resolution 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA )
    • Installed Size 1 GB
    • Color pearl white
    • Weight 2.2 lbs
    • CPU Intel Celeron M 353 / 900 MHz