Many retailers have been hovering in and out of stock of
ASUS' highly popular Eee
PC 4G Linux-powered notebook. The two-pound Eee PC 4G has garnered rave reviews from
around the web and has sprouted a fan site
which details every conceivable aspect of the device.
The first shipments of Eee
PCs to hit the retail market were of the Eee PC 4G which features a 900MHz
Celeron Processor (which happens to run at 630MHz on a 70MHz bus), 512MB of
DDR2 memory (upgradeable), a 7" display, integrated webcam and a 4-cell
5200 mAh battery (3.5 hours). The notebook was first available in Pearl White;
however, Galaxy Black was later introduced.
Now it appears that the second wave of Eee PCs is starting
to appear online. Newegg
are both stocking the new Eee PC 4G Surf model (Galaxy Black only). The 4G Surf
has 512MB of DDR2 memory soldered onto the motherboard -- it is not upgradeable
like regular 4G. In addition, the 4G Surf lacks the webcam and features a
4-cell 4400 mAh battery (2.8 hours).
The reduced feature set also means that the 4G Surf comes
with a lower price tag: $349.99 versus $399.99 for the 4G.
The lower price is welcome news to those that need the extra
frills afforded by the webcam and the ability to upgrade the memory, but many
may not be willing to cope with reduced battery life as well.
quote: This is 2 pounds and is easily transportable just about anywhere. Try lugging around a 6 pound notebook all the time.
quote: For less than $400, the Asus Eee PC 4G offers an impressive package for portable Web surfing and basic productivity, as long as you keep expectations tempered. The incredibly approachable price outweighs any shortcomings; it's a near perfect choice for a highly portable second or backup laptop.
quote: The ASUS Eee PC 4G is a tremendous bargain for people with general-purpose computing needs who don't plan on running any sophisticated software. It's intuitive enough that even a little child can learn to use it, and it loads everything you need for performing basic office and multimedia tasks.
quote: As such, one can only recommend the Eee PC. It does have its issues, but it's difficult to deny both the value and sheer usefulness of the device as an auxiliary notebook or general portable companion. Moreover, Asus must be applauded for being gutsy enough to introduce such a device at the bargainacious price it has. Now, one can only hope it is encouraged by this response and goes away to improve on what it has done.
quote: The Asus Eee PC offers outstanding value for Linux enthusiasts and good value for a mainstream audience. The laptop brazenly defies the conventional standards of portable computing and delivers extreme mobility at an appealing price.The hardware is impressive for the price, and the sheer portability of the system is mind-blowing. Despite the quality of the hardware, the cramped keyboard will be a deal-breaker for many consumers. Potential Eee owners with big hands should try it in person to make sure that they are comfortable with the keyboard before they buy. The low screen resolution is also disappointing, but virtual desktops and font customization make it easier to tolerate. The only other major hardware issue is poor screen visibility when under direct sunlight, a problem that commonly afflicts laptops and mobile devices with LCDs.
quote: You can't seriously be telling me that 4 pounds of weight is enough of a reason to use one of these over other notebooks?
quote: but your average person would just be wasting their money.
quote: The darn thing boots in about 15 seconds. How is that slow?
quote: What out of any of that listed above needs more than a 900MHz processor?
quote: Buy a friggen MacBook [spend 10x as much, carry around 3x as much weight, put on a black turtle neck, become an art major] and stfu.
quote: this is an awesome ULTRAPORTABLE laptop for 350