- Intel Atom N550(1.50GHz) Dual Core
- 1GB Memory 250GB HDD
- Windows 7 Starter
Well designed, comfortable to type on, well laid out. For a chiclet keyboard, it's absolutely wonderful to use. All functions are easily available at a glance. The ports are convieniently positioned, and easily accessible.
The dual core Atom performs very well, and the hyperthreading comes in quite handy for that little extra oomph when you heed it.
The screen is sharp, clear, and bright as you need it. None of the fuzziness older generation netbooks sometimes had problems with.
Bloatware is minimal, and easily uninstalled. Some of it, like the dropdown Asus center at the top of the screen, will be useful to people who do a bit of telecommuting.
The touchpad works quite well, once you find a sensitivity that works for you, and the bottons don't have that "gonna pop off" feeling that seems so common to lower priced laptops/netbooks.
All in all, light, comfortable to use, and well laid out. With 2 gigs of memory, it hums along without much in the way of complaints.
1 gig of memory is not enough unless you have no intention of doing anything besides email and typing letters/reports.
The port for the power input on the left side of the netbook feels fragile. I would suggest taking extra care to not move when it's plugged in.
The key layout is very good, but people who hate chiclet keys will not like it without a great deal of use to acclimate their fingers. The feel is somewhat different from a normal sculpted keycap.
Windows 7 Starter. Definitely upgrade to Home or install Linux. If you can find drivers, XP will also be an excellent alternative. Starter is just too limited for anything besides email and surfing.
Small screen will be a handicap if you have poor eyesight. Then again, if your eyesight is bad, you shouldn't bee looking at a netbook.
Very nice little machine. More memory would be useful, but that's true for just about any netbook, and most laptops. HDD is comfortably large, processor is an excellent blend of speed and power usage, and keyboard doesn't make you want to punt the little computer out the window after 2 minutes.
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