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ASUS Eee PC 900 8.9-Inch Netbook (Intel Mobile Processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB Solid State Drive, Linux, 4 Cell Battery) Galaxy Black

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  • Easy to learn, work and play
  • Excellent mobile Internet device
  • Exciting multimedia enjoyment
  • Shock proof
  • Excellent on the go
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Product Description

Easy to Learn, Work, and Play Easy to use with one click interface Travel light, weighting only 2.18lbs Drop tested, Shock-Proof design Wireless connectivity Save time with fast 15 sec boot time Preloaded with over 50 applications including Open Office Wde Multi-Touchpad for comfort and convenient Glossy Pearl White Color for elegant look Connect with friend with built-in Camera ZBD Guaranteed for best quality LCD Protect your investment with sleeve case

The Asus Eee PC 900 provides the power of a full-sized laptop in a compact body with a larger 8.9-inch screen. Even with the larger size of the Eee PC 900 when compared to the original Eee PC, the new model weighs just over 2 pounds--perfect for students toting to school or road warriors packing away to Wi-Fi hotspots. And because it uses flash memory instead of a hard drive (with 16 GB of storage), the Eee PC 900 is optimal for weathering rough handling and sharing space in overstuffed bags.

The Asus Eee PC 900's 8.9-inch screen is easier on the eyes, and the integrated webcam makes video chats a snap.
Other features include a 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the bezel above the LCD, a Secure Digital memory card slot, Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g), multiple USB ports, a VGA output for connecting to a monitor, and 1 GB of RAM. It comes preinstalled with the Linux operating system, and it's also compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP Home operating system.

For the students and professionals, the Eee PC comes with a powerful selection of software to maximize personal productivity--over 40 built-in applications. The Open Office suite of software enables the user to open, edit and create documents, presentations, spreadsheets and databases that are compatible with Microsoft Office. For journalists, photographers and other professionals who need to use a computer in the field to create, to communicate and to collaborate with other colleagues, the Eee PC's combination of power, extreme portability and rugged build makes it the ideal computing solution.

No technical manual required with the specially designed, user-friendly Linux operating system interface.
It's also a great choice for young students, with a built-in Dictionary that's great for homework, and it includes two modes of intuitive graphic user interface design to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced PC users. The Eee PC also handles your digital images, movies, and music as well as Internet radio.

Nicely light at just 35 ounces, the Eee PC 900 has an 8.9-inch wide TFT LCD with a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution (WXGA)--making it more comfortable on eyes than its predecessor. Under the hood is a 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU with integrated Intel graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM (not expandable), and 16 GB of flash memory solid-state drive (SSD). The SSD provides quiet performance and helps save energy, while its shock-proof solid state design helps to guard against data loss or shock-related damage if the laptop is dropped.

In addition to its wireless LAN, it also offers wired Fast Ethernet connectivity. The Eee PC includes software for Web browsing (Firefox), e-mail, OpenOffice 2.0 for creating and editing word processing documents and spreadsheets, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track.

You get three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output for connecting to external monitors, headphone and microphone jacks, and a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot. The rechargeable battery provides up to 3.5 hours of battery life (depending on usage). It's backed by a 1 year warranty for parts and labor.


  • Internal memory: 16 GB solid state disk
  • Memory expansion: Slot for MMC/SD(SDHC) cards
  • RAM: 1 GB DDR2
  • Processor: 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU
  • Operating system: Windows XP Home
  • LCD: 8.9 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Networking: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • Peripheral connectivity: Three USB 2.0
  • External video: One VGA
  • External audio: One headphone and one microphone port
  • Webcamera: Yes, 1.3 megapixels
  • Battery life: up to 3.5 hours
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds (35 ounces)
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.7 x 1.33 inches

What's in the Box
ASUS Eee PC 900, AC adapter, printed operating instructions. It's backed by a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.

Product Information

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Screen Size8.9 inches
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Max Screen Resolution1024 x 600 pixels
Hard Drive16 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel UMA
Chipset BrandIntel
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 3.5 hours
Brand NameAsus
Item model numberEEEPC900-BK041
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemXandros Linux
Item Weight2.5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H6.69 x 8.86 x 0.79 inches
Color Galaxy Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR2 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size16
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power SourceAC
Voltage230 volts
Additional Information
Shipping Weight4.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableJuly 3, 2008
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Gloria on July 25, 2008
Color: Galaxy Black Verified Purchase
Asus markets this computer an easy, excellent, and exciting computer to use. They are not wrong with this piece. I own the 701 model and have purchased this one because for the same price as my 701 model ($400), I am now getting a 1.9" larger screen, double the memory, four times the storage space, better resolution, an improved webcam, and a better touchpad. I use the EEE when I'm laying in bed and when I travel. With all the things that go with me on travels, the last thing I need is a computer deadweight. It is light, compact, and fits in woman's mini backpack purse (or larger sized purse). I don't even notice it with me, and carrying the computer is no longer a hassle.

While the 900 model does not have the new Intel Atom chip or the longer battery life, it does work quickly to boot everything I want to use it for - IM'ing, web surfing, and email. I also have the ability to do work with Open Office, which has drivers compatible to Microsoft Office. Hence, transferring files is easy. As a bonus I did not expect, the Linux version includes some perks - such as a music manager (for a small library of my mp3 favorites to play), games when I'm bored, Internet Radio, and handy references tools (e.g., dictionary). I chose this version over Windows because of the quicker boot and everything ready to go. With the Windows XP version, the only included software is Microsoft Works. In addition, with the 901 and 1000 series, the weights and prices of the EEE start to increase, and go against my inexpensive convenience. It looks as though Asus repackaged this model line because its "new life" was only one month before the 901 came out.

Please note that the keyboard is small. I had the same problem of it being cramped.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jan Dolinay on July 30, 2008
Color: Pearl White
I was about to buy the 4GB EEE PC when this 16G version appeared. Hesitated about 2 weeks, then bought the 16 GB with Linux. I have it for a week and don't regret it. Works fine, the system is easy to use for someone who doesn't have much computer experience and an expert can tune it up to his needs.
For $400 this is very good deal!

Thoughts I gathered during the "hesitation period":
Compared to the EEE 900, 20 GB which costs $550 the "catch" seems to be the disk speed. This 16 GB version uses cheaper but slower SSD disk. According to some test I found, its write speed is very low (about 7 MB/s) compared to the 30 MB/s of the 4GB or 20GB model. My simple test showed write speed about 14 MB/s with large video file.

Since I did not want to spend over $500 on this thing, my options were either this or the 4GB. The 16GB won for these reasons:

- Bigger screen with better resolution which allows you to browse web without horizontal scrolling (unlike the 4GB screen which is only 800 pixels wide)

- Bigger RAM memory (1 GB vs 512 MB of the 4GB model)

Technical points:
1GB RAM is still a lot. Windows XP were designed when 1/4 of a GB or less was common, so on 1 GB it runs like a breeze. Unless you have about 10 programs running, there should be no need for the system to swap between RAM memory and the disk - which is where the disk write speed could make a difference. The Linux system has disk swapping disabled and I would do the same on Windows XP if I decided to install it. If you get a low memory warning from the system you can always close some program, but you can have a lot of programs open before this happens with 1 GB of RAM.
You can also disable the cache in the Firefox web browser to speed up the web browsing.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By L. Bellocchio on August 15, 2008
Color: Pearl White Verified Purchase

All the features as advertised function properly, e.g. wifi, SD port,
& Ethernet. It starts up about as fast as my MAC mini (Core 2 Duo, 1G),
hardy an instant-on PC. The suite of apps are adequate for a limited needs
user. The screen size is definitely an improvement over the previous 7"
screen. The screen size would have been more useful at 1024X800 versus
the 1024x600. The screen brightness and sharpness are very good, though.


As mentioned by others, the in-use battery life is very poor. What hasn't
been mentioned, though, is the power-off (non-use) battery life which is
very very poor and is about 5 days. This negative feature shortens the
Lithium-Ion battery's overall useful life significantly, especially when
the battery becomes fully discharged from non-use multiple times.
There's no option to change how the battery life is affected whether
in-use or during power-off and no main power switch which would have
solved this problem.

The O/S (KDE) lacks the overall capabilities and usefulness of a
Ubuntu Linux which would have been a better install and more
comparative to a WIN X/P O/S which was the other O/S option for this
PC. Most who are more of an WIN/MAC power user would probably
prefer Ubuntu, or just select the WIN X/P version of this PC.


If it weren't for the very poor battery life, I'd again buy this PC
and would recommend it for others. Therefore, if I had known this
problem prior to my purchase, I would have considered other
sub-notebook PC options.
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