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ASUS Eee PC 8G - Pearl White Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 1GB Memory 8GB SSD NetBook

  • Intel Mobile CPU
  • 1GB Memory 8GB SSD
  • Linux
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General

Brand
ASUS
Model
Eee PC 8G - Pearl White
Part#
90OA05A11111111U125Q

Operating System

OS Provided
Linux

Processor

CPU Type
Intel Mobile CPU

Chipset

Chipset
Intel Mobile Chipset

Display

Screen Size
7"
Widescreen Display
Yes
Display Type
WVGA
Max Resolution
800 x 480

Graphics

Graphics Processor
Integrated Graphics
Video Memory
Shared system memory

Memory

Memory
1GB

Solid State Drive

SSD
8GB
SSD Spec
Solid-State Disk

Dimension & Weight

Weight
8.86" x 6.30" x 0.79-1.26"

Feature

Feature
2.0 lbs.

Netbook Camera

Camera Type
Built-in
Camera Pixels
0.3 Megapixel

Communications

LAN
10/100Mbps
WLAN
802.11b/g Wireless LAN

Expansion / Connectivity

USB
3 x USB 2.0
Video Ports
1 x VGA
Audio Ports
Audio Jack - Out (3.5mm)
Audio Jack - In (3.5mm)

Audio

Audio
Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
1 Internal Microphone
Speaker
Built-in stereo speakers

Input Device

Touchpad
Yes
Keyboard
Standard

Card Reader

Card Reader
MMC/SD(SDHC)

Battery

Battery
4 cell 5200mAh
Battery Life
3.5 hours

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
2 years warranty with Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) Guarantee
Parts
2 years warranty with Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) Guarantee

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • nicholas l.
  • 5/6/2008 11:55:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssweet little machine

Pros: awesome little machine. definitely a headturner, ive gotten so many people commenting on how tiny this thing is. i was nervous about the small keyboard and touchpad, as i have fat fingers, but everything feels comfortable. quick and great for basic needs; ie word possessing and internet use. however if you need it for anything more, id recommend something else. has successfully handled pretty much anything ive tried to do on it, although...

Cons: the things you can do on it are quite limited. i find xandros to be really limiting. after a while i find xandros to be TOO easy to use, and lacking in flexibility. im not a linux nut, but i find it difficult to function without windows, as i have to find a linux compatible distribution of whatever program that i need, and sometimes i cant find one. will try a windows install this weekend. lack of optical drive may also turn some off. also, every-once-in-a-while the keyboard wont register when i press a key. i also found the wireless interface, although easy to use, to be a bit of a hassle.

Other Thoughts: the eeepc does what it meant to do exceptionally well. its supersmall, portable, and very userfriendly to those who are unfamiliar with computers. however, regular computer users might eventually find xandros limiting. xandros and minor issues ultimately made me drop the 5th egg, but still a solid product that id recommend to someone who is looking for a ultraportable 2nd computer or new to computers.

btw, newegg is freaking awesome, paid regular shipping and got it the next day, i was amazed.

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  • Timothy B.
  • 4/6/2008 11:45:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive so far

Pros: Small, light, and powerful. Small and light? No really... it's small and light. People who compare this computer to equally priced 12" and larger laptops are in error. I own a wide range of laptop sizes and this thing is small and light compared to them all. To me its the same magnitude of smaller and light as my larger laptops are to my full-sized desktop computer. Power? Fantastic. Compared to a 600 MHz P3 desktop of yore this thing is more like a 1.2 GHz of that age. The SSD and 1 GB DDR2 really makes a difference. I'm running Ubuntu Gutsy and this thing flies along. The optimizations with Ubuntu are mostly to shrink things down to fit the screen. Otherwise I'm using a fully functioning Gutsy Gibbon.

Cons: Hard to find any so far really. The keyboard is manageable. I won't be typing a thesis on this. This is a laptop that is more portable than a laptop. It has a nongeek appeal because when you're on the move people don't know you're packing one - like standard laptop backpacks and satchels scream.

Other Thoughts: Ubuntu needs to some out with auto Eee PC detection and just apply the necessary optimizations for this thing at install. Otherwise getting Ubuntu on here does take some computer know how beyond basic install instructions.

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  • Matthew H.
  • 4/2/2008 10:52:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I am really enjoying this laptop. It is small, lightweight, and gets the job done. I installed XP Pro onto it and it runs great. I installed the full version rather than stripping the install down using NLite. It takes up about 1.5GB of the 8GB. For me this is not a problem and I don't have to deal with a stripped down version of XP. I liked the default O/S Xandros and it was pretty intuitive for my kids.

Cons: I liked Xandros and would have liked to have kept using it but I couldn't get the Wi-Fi to connect to my WPA enabled wireless router. Nothing I tried would fix it. I installed XP and it was able to connect perfectly. Xandros wouldn't recognize my 16GB USB thumb drive but did recognize my 2GB. Both work in XP.

Other Thoughts: I wish the black one was available when I made the purchase. I plan on buying a 16GB A-Data SDHC memory card today to give me some additional space for data and backup.

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  • Scott C.
  • 3/23/2008 10:04:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally good so far

Pros: PROS:
-Easy to use
-Very customizable (install any operating system you want)
-Expandable (get an SDHC card to expand storage. You'll be glad you did)
-Small, light, and an overall joy to use

Cons: CONS:
-600 Mhz clock is a bit slow (hulu.com really puts along, as does Miro)
-Accessories can only be ordered through Asus

Other Thoughts: I've been using this little machine since late December (I was one of the first to get it), and so far it's been a wonderful little device. I've been running KDE 4 on it using the EeeXubuntu variant of Ubuntu found at eeeuser.com with full 3D effects turned on. There have been no issues with usage so far. The keyboard became easy to use after about 1 and a half weeks of use (I can now touch-type). I tend to use it more often than my main computer, because it's so easy and fun to deal with.

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  • Karman T.
  • 3/18/2008 10:23:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot for Novice

Pros: Small size for portable; very affortable price; pre-installed with very useful software; One of a kind product.

Cons: Extremely annoying fan; Stock Xandros OS have security holes and bugs; Cannot easily add new S/W; Confusing entry key and up arrow ket board layout; Disappearing icons; Very poor customer support.

I had the 8G for 3 weeks now. At 1st it's whisper quiet. But the third time I turn it on, the fan come on at 100% blast all the time regardless the temperature and the noise actually drown my desktop next to it. Now the fan won't turn off. The customer support suggests upgrade to 0404 BIOS for a fix, I did but it didn't help. They said I have to mail in to Indiana for repair. It's a 4 to 6 week turn around without a loaner. I said the turn around is horrible and not quite acceptable. He laughs at me and hung up!

Other Thoughts: I found a program call eeecontrel that can quite the fan. Installing it under Xandros is not straight forward. It took several trails and had to consult the programmer. Speaking installing new software, it is not for the average computer user. There are depositories to add. The eee also need to pinn down. Installation is via a terminal typing in command lines. After successful install, there is no icon added to the tabs. You have to open a terminal and type the command to run it. The Add/Remove program icon is a way to update what in the eee. There is a patch to close the OS security hole. But if you upgrade, some existing icons will disappear for the tabs such as ebook, dictionary, frozen bubble and such. There is almost no way to get them back if you are not a season Linux user.

All in all, the hardware is good for its price. The OS is not really ready for prime time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2008 7:50:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow! the 8G is Sensational!

Pros: Small, light, decent battery life, runs Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy flawlessly. With the scripts out there this thing works perfectly, all buttons, suspend/hibernate, web cam, the works.
The removable 8g SSD makes this a great choice over the 4G(which I also own and love)

Cons: Ships with Xandros, really should have shipped with Ubuntu imo.
Really can't think of any other cons, this laptop is great.

Other Thoughts: Spend a few extra dollars and grab a 2gb SODIMM for this laptop, as well as an SDHC card for additional storage (inexpensive way to get some space while we wait for SSD's to come down in price per gb). I went for a 16gb A-data SDHC myself, so I have around 28gb total unformatted space, more than enough, I have also decided to do away with swap, I see no performance improvement on this laptop by having it.
This is not a desktop or main computer replacement, but if you need a portable work horse thats fun and durable then this should be one to consider.

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  • Francesco D.
  • 3/16/2008 6:34:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPrepare to impress

Pros: The unit is small. Very small! It's light and easy to use. If your a Linux fan, then you have met your new toy. If you are not much of a "computer guy" and just need a small light laptop, then this is the one. This unit is very powerful for its size and has all the requirements met for office use plus more. The screen is small but very clear and readable from an "arms distance away". This is a laptop you can truly leave on your lap without feeling your thighs get toasty.

Cons: The "con" is a result of the pro... The keyboard takes time to master. This is a result of the small keys. The other con is really a pro... You have to waste 5 minutes in every meeting whenever a new individual sees this baby for he first time. "Oh wow! What is that? Where did you buy it? How much?" blah blah blah.

Other Thoughts: I wish I could have waited a few months longer as the 9" LCD model is expected to release this summer. Maybe I'll auction it for the 9" model.

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  • Mikhail B.
  • 3/16/2008 8:08:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou won't be disappointed, part III

Pros: The same good stuff I listed in my previous reviews still holds. =P This is just an update for people that are complaining about noisy fan and 630 MHz CPU. To solve the fan problems download the new BIOS 0404, it just came out. Look for it in downloads on ASUS site. Also google for "eeectl" to conveniently gain control over FSB clocks and advanced user-defined fan control. Hope it helps. I use it.

Cons: None really.

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  • Iikka K.
  • 3/8/2008 1:41:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsReally, really noisy

Pros: It's all the things it claims to be. Small, light internet machine perfect for traveling. No Windows, far fewer things to worry about.

Cons: The noise is mind-blowing. At first it was whisper-quiet but on the third time I turned it on, the fan revved up to 100% and has been there ever since. The machine isn't even warm, nor is the air coming out of the vent (and there's a lot of air coming out, it's like a blow dryer!). Right now I have this machine next to a beefy windows laptop that was previously the loudest laptop I had encountered, and I can't even hear the fan on the bigger computer, the eee is so loud. I worry that the fan will burn out or otherwise damage itself. It can't be good for battery life either.

Other Thoughts: I'm definitely not going to go and buy XP just to be able to control the fan. The fan issue (according to message boards etc) is probably a BIOS bug, but I don't see any BIOS updates available in the software update panel. The documentation is very poor; the only reason I even knew where to look for a BIOS update was because it was shown in a review of an earlier model (4G).

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  • Bryan R.
  • 3/5/2008 9:54:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat machine for XP

Pros: This is quite an amazing package for the price. The preinstalled Xandros Linux and associated applications are likely to be sufficient for many users, but I wanted XP. The hardware has good fit and finish. Built-in stereo speakers sound better than expected, and the quality of the built-in webcam (which was disabled in BIOS on my machine) is also better than expected. Battery life is around 2.5 - 3 hours with the battery that comes with it. There are TONS of hardware hacks for this little guy, along with people writing super handy Eee-specific utilities (see below)

Cons: 800x480 screen is too short for many modern dialogs - you'll need a utility that lets you scoot windows up and down (like MoveMe). Fan is too loud in native mode (but controllable using, for instance, eeectl). Keyboard is not for sustained use, at least for someone with big hands like me, but is sufficient. Brightest backlight level is still a little dark for full sunlight (but amazingly, eeectl can DOUBLE the backlight brightness beyond the brightest that the BIOS provides). Essentially all my nits about the machine (besides just wanting a 1280x800 screen) can be fixed by little software utilities that are already out there. Oh, and if you don't have a USB CD-ROM drive by which to install XP, installing XP is complicated, since you have to set it up to install from a USB device. But if you have a CD-ROM it is just like any other XP install.

Other Thoughts: I bought this machine because I'm about to take a big vacation and I want a way to look at my pictures and transfer them to a USB hard drive. For this, running XP was best for me, and the machine is able to perform these duties handily. I recommend you check forum.eeeuser.com for lots of tips and howtos for getting XP on the machine and various handy utilities like MoveMe, eeectl, CCleaner, SoftSwitch, etc. Or if you're into Linux, leave/customize the stuff that Asus put there for you. Either way you'll be pleased. To top it off the community forming around this little machine is much stronger and more cohesive than you'll find around any other particular laptop brand, which is always a plus.

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