- Intel Mobile CPU 900 MHz
- 512MB Memory 4GB SSD
Excellent Netbook 06/23/2009
I can hold it securely in one hand! Having a laptop where you can do this is quite liberating, as you can pick it up or stow it away at a moment's notice. Waiting for the city bus? Can't easily pack up with a 14.1" laptop, but you can simply hold your Eee in your hand, and stow it once you sit down.
Running XP or Ubuntu, the 900Mhz Celeron M in this is plenty sufficient. The GMA 900 in this has no problems running compositing in Linux, so you'll be able to have all your drop shadows on your windows, transparency, and all that good stuff if you'd like.
All the good oldschool games run great. Fallout 2, Starcraft, Quake III Arena. Turn off some of the features, and even Dwarf Fortress runs great.
Battery life is about what ASUS advertises. I have 60% left after having sat down for about 1.25 hours. So about 3 hours estimated total. This is in XP, mind.
Internal SSD is not soldered on, the 4GB SSD in these is in the flash_con mini-PCIe slot. If you're going to upgrade it, you'll have to ditch it, unlike the previous models, where the 4GB SSD was soldered on and the flash_con slot was free (but without a connector soldered on).
Keyboard is cramped. For those with large hands, look elsewhere. For those of us with thin or at least nimble fingers, it'll take about a week to adapt to the keyboard well enough to type about 45 WPM (about half of my regular typing speed).
This particular model comes with NO WEBCAM in the lid. For me, this was a plus, because having a camera fixed on me while I work bugs me. For others, this might be a concern.
Has a cheap TFT whine. In a room with at least a little noise to it, you can't really notice it. When you're in a quiet room, you will notice that the LCD gives off a high pitched whine. Those middle-aged or past, congratuations, you can't hear it. I got used to it either way.
I wrote this review on my Eee 900! I think that speaks for how well one can type on this thing given time to adapt.
I upgraded immediately to 2GB of DDR2-667, but pretty much any stick of DDR2 RAM you can get on NewEgg will suit fine, it will just be underclocked.
Added a 16GB SDHC card. DUAL BOOTERS: Install XP to the internal SSD, and make a 128MB partition at the end of the disk, and mount Linux's /boot directory there, and install GRUB to the SSD. Then install / to an SDHC card. If you want some of the SDHC card accessable to both XP and Linux, make that partition on the SDHC card *FIRST* and the Linux root *SECOND*. Windows XP will ONLY show the first filesystem on removable media even if there are several valid partitions.
XP has moments where it'll grind on the SSD and become unresponsive for a second or three. I installed Linux to an SDHC card, and it never has such problems, even though the SDHC card has half the burst speed. Turn off indexing and write cachin
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