|Screen Size||8.9 inches|
|Processor||1000 MHz Intel Atom N270|
|Hard Drive||20 GB flash_memory_solid_state|
ASUS Eee PC 901 8.9-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Solid State Drive, 20 GB Eee Storage, Linux, 6 Cell Battery) Fine Ebony
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Easy to Learn, Work, and Play Easy to use with one click interface 7.8 hour battery life allows for "One Day Computing" Travel light, weighting only 2.43lbs Drop tested, Shock-Proof design Wireless 802.11b/g/n connectivity Save time with fast 15 sec boot time Preloaded with over 50 applications including Open Office Wide Multi-Touchpad for comfort and convenient Glossy IMR Fine Ebony color for elegant look Connect with friend with built-in Camera ZBD Guaranteed for best quality LCD Store & Share your files with 20G internet storage Protect your investment with sleeve case
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Finally, the price here dropped a little and on the last day of a rebate offer, I ordered it. I've had my Eee 901 for a few days now and so far, so great! I got the black one, with Linux. Don't have any experience with Linux so I'm on a learning curve; I figured that if I really want Windows, I can always buy an XP OS and install it. But since I mostly will use this to access the Internet, blog, download photos and upload them to my online photo service, and to work with documents and spreadsheets, I think the Linux software preloaded on this sweet little machine will be just fine.
The reviews here prepared me for the small keyboard on the Eee, but I don't have large hands and I'm adjusting to it faster than I had expected. The touchpad is not so great, but I hate touchpads generally and I can't say I dislike it any more than any other touchpad I've used. Today I'm taking the Eee to my office where I left my USB notebook (small sized) mouse and will probably use that instead of the touchpad.
I just completed my first charge/discharge battery cycle, and was impressed by how long the battery lasted. I charged it up on Friday when I unboxed it, then unplugged it. I used it a bit on Saturday and a lot on Sunday, and finally the battery capacity dropped below 25% on Sunday night. All of that was with wireless enabled, which I understand drains the battery faster.
So far, this is a very portable (and cute, I have to say it) mini-notebook that boots up like lightning, has a user-friendly interface for this total Linux newbie, connects to wireless networks smoothly, and has a display that's big enough for serious internet browsing as well as working with documents and spreadsheets. I bought this to take with me when I travel, but I can see it's going with me around town as well.
Bottom line: if you are not a geek, but a reasonably informed PC user who doesn't need to run specialized software on it, don't be afraid to consider the Eee PC 901 with Linux. You'll get more GB of storage in the machine than comes with the Win XP version of the 901, and a user-friendly interface. Some things about Linux are different but not enough to make me regret this purchase. Not at all!
UPATED TO ADD: The outside surface of the lid is shiny black plastic, which shows smears and fingerprints, and collects scratches. I got this protective decal/skin for my 901: Cruising Design Asus Eee PC 901 Skin Decal Protective Sticker. It fits well, looks nice - no more smears - and protects the lid.
SECOND UPDATE: My Eee came with a cushy fabric slipcase. But the fabric assiduously collects lint, and as a slipcase it doesn't have a carry strap. I prefer carrying a shoulder bag and having my hands free. I've found two bags with shoulder straps which are good solutions for carrying my Eee and accessories, with room for other things as well:
1. The Sumdex MT-3 Series Vertical Messenger - which I have been carrying as my main handbag ever since I got it. It's big enough to be useful but still on the small side. It has a padded compartment with a side pocket into which the Eee 901 fits perfectly (and when my Eee isn't in it, my Kindle usually is).
2. The Asus Eee Pc 7-10 Inch Laptop Case by Case Logic, which I think is a good deal for the money and a nice solution for carrying the Eee and other necessities around in something handier than a standard sized laptop case or backpack.
FINAL UPDATE in December 2009: I'm still not sorry I bought this netbook, because it showed me how handy a really small computer can be. However, I have moved on now to a larger netbook. As much as I liked the concept of the solid state hard drive, the SSDs (there are actually two) in even the Linux-equipped 901 only have 20GB total capacity. I tried installing Win XP on my 901 after realizing I wanted to do more with the machine than I knew how to do with Linux (or had time to twiddle with learning about). That was great, but then I had to keep dealing with the 20GB limitations. And the deal breaker was that my aging fingers just didn't ever get happy with the 901's keyboard. Yet, I did anguish somewhat over giving up the 901, because I think it's a wonderful little package. Great form factor, wonderful set of features - a really classic machine. But since I don't aspire just to collect classic computers but want to own only what I use, I ended up selling it on an online auction. It's supposedly off on more world travels with its new owner, after visiting Thailand with me. I'm happy with my ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook - 9.5 Hour Battery Life and soon adjusted to its slightly bigger and heavier form factor, and appreciate its larger keyboard which is easier for me to use. It's bigger than the 901 but still well within tolerable size/weight for ease of carrying in my daily tote bag. Long live netbooks, in all their varied conformations!
I did double the RAM to 2Gb so maybe there is some power drain there...and I'm not sure I really needed to anyway.
For the price this is not a toy, it is a fully functional mini PC that I would recommend to anyone.
One piece of advice to novice/first-time buyers - get a Linux version (Asus 901 20G). No worries about viruses (no need to install a slow and resource eating anti-virus/anti-everything software). The boot time of Linux version is truly amazing. Works right out of the box.
I have another friend who got it as well. He does a lot of blogging, browsing and email. He loves it. He switched from a Windows laptop and does not regret a thing.
Just a week ago our family friends visited us, played with Eee PC and got two of them for their kids.
Of course, they are a few issues with the product, after all no product is ideal. The keyboard is a bit small, but after enough practice you will find yourself typing at normal speeds. The software that comes with it is not going to be enough for advanced users or developers (but there is Ubuntu EEE distro and other tweaks and kicks that you can install on EeePC free of charge ;-)).
This product is a leading laptop in the netbook family and I recommend it to anyone who wants a light-weight, always-with-you laptop.
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