Asus Eee Windows review: Asus Eee Windows

Our standard laptop benchmark tests wouldn't run on the original Linux-based Eee PC, but the new Windows versions gives us a chance to put the hardware through its paces. It has the same Intel Celeron M processor as the Classmate PC, and both easily beat HP's VIA-powered 2133 Mini-Note. Both Intel (with Atom) and VIA (with Isaiah) have new low-power chips coming out soon for Netbook-style laptops, and though it will be several months before we see those in action, we're nevertheless disappointed to be stuck with essentially outdated hardware. Still, for basic Web surfing and working on Office docs, the Eee PC's underpowered processor suffices (as does the even slower processor in the HP Mini-Note). As long as you keep your expectations modest, and think of systems like this as Internet and word-processing tools, a Netbook can be the perfect travel companion.

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

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Asus Eee PC 4G (white, Windows XP)

Part Number: 90OA01BA0112131U305Q Released: Apr 8, 2008

MSRP: $399.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 8, 2008
  • Resolution 800 x 480 ( WVGA )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Installed Size 512 MB
  • Color pure white
  • Weight 2 lbs
  • CPU Intel Celeron M 353 / 900 MHz