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Upgrading the Eee PCs memory will no longer result in warranty invalidation

Although most Eee PC owners are satisfied with their $350 to $399 USD purchases, they have been faced with the prospect of voiding their warranty by simply removing two screws from the bottom access panel to upgrade the memory.

ASUS covered one of the screws holding the access panel with a yellow "WARRANTY VOID IF REMOVED" warranty sticker. As pointed out by Cliff Biffle, this action violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act with regards to "unacceptable tie-ins."

Many Eee PC users simply ignored the sticker and went ahead with the simple procedure of upgrading the memory, but others have been afraid to void the two-year warranty of the device.

In a press release posted on its website, ASUS provides the following clarification with regards to the warranty:

ASUS Computer International (ASUS) recently received feedback from one of its valued customers with questions concerning the purpose of a seal stating, "Warranty Void If Removed" over the access door to the single SODIMM slot on some models of the ASUS Eee PC. ASUS wishes to assure its customers that merely breaking or removing this kind of seal will not void the ASUS Limited Warranty...

ASUS is taking steps to make sure that the seals in question are no longer used in its products that are intended to be sold in any country where these stickers are not permitted.

ASUS' Eee PC has been a bonafide hit with consumers. The tiny, two-pound device certainly isn't aimed at someone looking for a complete desktop replacement, but it gets the job done when it comes to light duty tasks (i.e. email, document editing, web browsing, instant messaging, etc.).

Sales of the Eee PC have been so strong that ASUS is projecting that it will sell 3.8 million units during fiscal 2008. The company will also provide versions of the Eee PC which feature a cost-reduced, feature-stripped version of Windows XP -- current Eee PCs ship with Xandros Linux although a Windows XP driver CD is provided for do-it-yourselfers.

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RE: Definitely On The Lookout...
By mmntech on 12/9/2007 7:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
It does perform ok for its size but there are other laptops in its price range that can mop the floor with it, even if they are a little bigger. Why not pick up a 12'' used on?
The Eee PC is ok as a sort of grab and go thing if you do A LOT of traveling, but I wouldn't use it as a total replacement for a desktop or bigger laptop.

Looks like the HDD can be upgraded on it as I suspected so that solves one problem. Requires a case mod though and voids the warranty.

RE: Definitely On The Lookout...
By Brandon Hill on 12/9/2007 7:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'm still not understanding these calls to go for a larger 4-5 pound 12" unit. The size/weight of the Eee PC is part of the appeal.

That's like saying "Nah man, don't buy that Civic Si... you can get a CR-V for the same price and haul more stuff."

My response would be, "I don't want a *&^%ing CR-V!!!!!!!!!" :)

RE: Definitely On The Lookout...
By JoshuaBuss on 12/9/07, Rating: -1
RE: Definitely On The Lookout...
By UNHchabo on 12/9/2007 10:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
A 5-6 pound notebook is fine to carry if that's the only thing you're carrying. This summer I backpacked across Europe with my girlfriend, and every ounce counted. I consider myself a fairly fit person, but I was completely unwilling to lug a 15" laptop (not to mention the accessories needed to run it, like the AC adapter). Even a 12" would've been rediculous.

If the Eee had been around, and I'd owned one, I would've considered it, with the small amount of space it would've taken up, and the extreme light weight.

That's an extreme example, but I'm also a college student. I own a desktop cause it's more performance per dollar and the parts are more replaceable, but I also know that if I owned a normal-sized laptop, I'd just leave it on my desk. If I owned an Eee, I'd bring it to all of my classes, cause the added weight is nothing compared to bringing a single extra textbook. I mean, the Eee is about the same weight as a full one-Liter Nalgene, and I can definitely tell the difference in weight in my backpack between the Nalgene being full (going to class) and half-full (coming from class).

RE: Definitely On The Lookout...
By Quiescent on 12/9/2007 10:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
Hell no it wouldn't be replacing my computer. It could not, absolutely COULD NOT perform anything for Fruity Loops Studio. I would use it for lazing around, college work in a year, and other stuff like that. I use IRC and surf the web more currently then use programs such as Fruity Loops Studio, so this would be perfect for those times when I don't even need my computer.

You have to realize that anything that isn't the Eee PC and costs you $300-$500 really sucks. A good laptop will cost you just a little over $1,000.

In reality, most laptops around the price range have more harddrive space, perhaps the same RAM (Speed wise, companies like to go cheap), have a bit of a better graphics card (Sometimes not), are very dodgy unless you reformat, and even then still very dodgy.

RE: Definitely On The Lookout...
By mcnabney on 12/10/07, Rating: 0
RE: Definitely On The Lookout...
By Quiescent on 12/10/2007 7:35:27 AM , Rating: 2
Like everyone else said: You're comparing apples to oranges.

A. That processor is a slow processor.
B. Any DDR2 can run just as slow as DDR. (
C. It weighs 6lbs
D. It's huge in comparision, not easy for me to carry around
E. It has Vista on it.
F. If I wanted something like a PDA, I'd get a Neo1973 for phone functionality

Again, everyone who thinks that there isn't any worth in the Eee is only just comparing apples to oranges.

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