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ASUS Eee PC 4G Surf - Pure White Intel Mobile CPU 7
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great for word processing, web-browsing, email, and reading (pdf files, blogs, articles on-line), and using zotero. I was surprised how convenient it is to have a laptop that weighs 2 lbs, about as much as a hardcover book, that I can carry around and I don't even notice I'm carrying it. Another benefit of its being so small is that it's inconspicuous, I can take it out and type notes during a class or a talk and it's not distracting. The boot time is so short (using the defualt linux OS, anyway) that I can pop it out and access info (bus schedules, notes, whatever) in a minute or less, and I don't even need a table or chair to support it, I can just hold it in one hand while standing. It's supposed to be shock-resistance, and while I haven't dropped it or thrown it against the wall, I've been throwing my bag (w/ eeePC inside, not too much padding) in the milk crate in back of my bike and riding around for hours, and it's been over a month that I've had it and no signs of damage.

Cons: The touchpad is clumsy but good enough for simple tasks like word processing. Some programs have crashed on me (firefox, with certain webpages using too much/bad java script, adobe acrobat reader after the computer goes in and out of sleep mode). Other programs like the photo editor had trouble, I think because the processing power isn't enough to handle serious work. Some browser extensions and webpages that rely on frames are awkward because the screen is too small to fit all the frames in the size the programs seem to expect.

Other Thoughts: Excellent student computer, excellent for people who want a lot of mobility and the physical convenience of having a tiny laptop, and don't need to do processing power-intensive things. The keyboard hasn't been a problem for me, I have more or less average-size hands, I don't know if it would be a problem for somebody with thick fingers or large hands. I type in dvorak and I figured out how to switch over.

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Display Name: Kaveh H.

Date Joined: 04/16/08

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 06/12/08
  • Last Review: 06/12/08
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