Asus Eee Windows review: Asus Eee Windows

On our video playback battery test, the Eee PC lasted 3 hours and 12 minutes with its four-cell battery, which is decent for an ultraportable laptop, especially one this inexpensive. Both the HP 2133 Mini-Note and the (much more expensive) HTC Shift fared much worse, each lasting for less than two hours, while Intel's Classmate passed the four-hour mark, proving this particular combination of components is capable of impressive battery life.

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.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HTC Shift
5,340 
ASUS Eee PC 4G (Windows XP)
6,120 

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HTC Shift
760 
ASUS Eee PC 4G (Windows XP)
941 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
ASUS Eee PC 4G (Windows XP)
192 
HTC Shift
106 

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ASUS Eee PC 4G (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


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


Windows XP Professional SP2; 900MHz Intel Celeron Ultra Low Voltage M353; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 915GMS Express; 30GB Seagate 3,600rpm


Windows Vista Business Edition; 800MHz Intel A110; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express; 40GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

What you'll pay

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