|Screen Size||7 inches|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 480|
|Max Screen Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|RAM||4 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||4 GB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||2.8 hours|
Asus Eee 4G 7" PC Mobile Internet Device (512 MB RAM, 4 GB Hard Drive, Webcam, Linux Preloaded) Pearl White
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- Integrated Webcam
- Ultra-compact notebook with full QWERTY keyboard and 7-inch display
- Powered by 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU and pre-installed Linux operating system (compatible with Windows XP)
- Over 40 built-in applications for learn, work and play
- 4 GB solid-state flash memory drive; 512 MB RAM; 10/100 Fast Ethernet; 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
- Connectivity: three USB 2.0; VGA output; microphone and headphone; Secure Digital card reader
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Easy to Learn, Easy to work and Easy to play!!! Share photos of your travels without waiting till you get home. Shop the world wide web without attaching any lines or wires. Learn through the latest technology without a technical manual. Play, relax, and entertain on the go with shock-proof design. Connect with friends and family with just a few clicks. Mobility & Reliability ¿ At half the size of regular notebooks and weighing less than 1kg, you can take the Eee PC anywhere. ¿ Bumps and shocks are no longer issues. With a dependable solid-state disk, you get unparalleled shock-protection and reliability. ¿ Power-efficient design provides longer operating time when on the go. Ease & Technology ¿ With a rapid start-up time, the Eee PC is always ready to get into action. ¿ No technical manual required with the specially designed, user-friendly and intuitive graphic interface . Work & Connectivity ¿ You¿re always connected with built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g that automatically detects and connects to the Internet at any hotspot. ¿ The Eee PC includes the documents and the e-mails software, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track. ¿ Upload photos and videos and share them instantly on Flickr or YouTube without waiting till you get home. Media & Entertainment ¿ Enjoy music and videos with extensive support for a wide range of digital multimedia. ¿ Log on to Skype or other network, and you can connect with friends anywhere, anytime. ¿ Clear up wire clutter with the built-in card reader, webcam, speakers, and microphone
Top customer reviews
Connection to home wireless network took me some effort though, here is my hint: since it is a Linux machine, when you connect to a home wireless network, you need to select the "Encryptions type" as "WPA", and leave the "Key index" box blank. Tech support asked me to "explore" (disappointment there), this is what I found out on my machine. Also, I can not find the webcam on this machine that is listed on the Amazon description. The keyboard is also tiny, not for day-to-day typing.
Overall, the machine is a solid choice for people with a focus (reading eBooks for me) and who also welcomes the broad applications available on a full blown laptop PC (Internet, Office documents, instant messaging, media player, small games etc.). There is simply nothing on the market today that can do so much at this price.
I videoed my excited opening of the box with my Flip Camera while on speakerphone with my friend. I would have posted that as part of my review, but all I did was squeal, which turns out to be irriating to watch.
STRAIGHT out of the box, literally, this little booger started working (insert squeal). I pulled out the laptop, the battery and the power cord, plugged it in, waited approximately 15 seconds and DING! there was the setup wizard. I ran around the house frantically looking for my atomic clock so I could be sure to set the time right (only to realize days later that it works on 24 hour time - be aware of that when you set up), clicked a few buttons and voila! I'm on. And I'm even on my house wireless! NO WAY! It took nothing to set this up.
Eeep runs Linux which, if you want to delve deep into it, has a steep learning curve. On the other hand, if you want to accept the little tabbed setup that it already has, Linux is childs' play. And it really could be. This is the most solid laptop I've ever seen. If you search youtube you'll find a French video of a guy dropping it all over the place, leaving it in freezing weather outside for hours and setting it on a home radiator - it never flinches.
Here's the coolest part. The eeePCs are preloaded with Skype, among other things, so I bought a cheap webcam for my home PC, downloaded Skype on the home PC, and played around between the two. Then, since Eeep is small enough to fit in my little backpack purse, I took it on my husband's and my weeklong trip to London & Greece. I left instructions for my mother & mother in law who were watching our kids, and we called them from overseas using the eeePC and Skype. FREE! AND WITH VIDEO! We walked out on our hotel room balcony and used the webcam to show them the Acropolis in the distance. Does it get cooler than that? OK, well it wasn't totally free, because apparently they don't like free wifi in Europe and I had to purchase 90 minute cards for 5 euros, but it was close! Another note about Europe - I took a converter for the funny plugs, but all the hotels we stayed in had one outlet that was meant for "shavers only," but it was the right voltage for the eeePC and we didn't have any trouble keeping it charged.
The Open Office software that comes preloaded on eeePCs is really pretty cool, and totally compatible with MS Office. All I had to do was save my document in the available MS Word format and no problemo, I could open it at work and home. There are 3 USB ports that have instantaneous connections so if I plug in a minimouse I don't have to wait for the computer to find it, it will just work. And flash drives? Piece of cake. I also bought an 8GB SD card to save my 593 pictures of Greece on so I can use the picture viewer to show my buddies.
As for the appearance, I bought the white eeePC, which has a somewhat shiny exterior. My friend bought the black one and it has more of a flat matte which seems to repel scratches a little better - that's just an FYI. The envelope like bag it comes with is really fine to protect it. I might purchase a leather padfolio looking kind of case for it someday, but for now the bag will do.
So, to wrap up since I could go on forever, the eeePC is SO worth the money. If you just need to be able to surf the Internet, check email, instant message, Skype, type up documents, create spreadsheets, play games, create and watch slideshows or organize your life the eeePC is for you. My friend and I couldn't think of any good reason to spend the extra money for the larger drives, and I haven't regretted that decision. We did pop for the eeePC with the webcam, and clearly that was a good choice for my family.
I'm trying to think of any downfalls with it, and the only thing I can come up with is that sometimes I have to re-enter my wireless key. Oh my. Isn't that awful? NOT. I saved my key in the Notes section of PIM and I have it there whenever and wherever I need it.
So, so far, so awesome. Eeep and I go everywhere together, and I have to admit, I feel like I'm pretty darn cool.
On the downside, the keyboard needs to be addressed. It's not so much the size of the keys, but the touch. I'm a decent typist and I found it hard to build up to a rhythm because of the keys. The touch isn't sensitive enough.
The Eee PC does load up SD cards (though not all, I had to bring along my card reader for my camera, but no biggie). It will load flash drives but not without some prepatory work. The forums on the Asus website were very helpful in that regard and I ironed out most of my problems. The one thing I am still unable to do (which is one of the reasons why I bought this computer) is load up my digital voice recorder. It recognizes that the DVR is connected, but it doesn't recognize the file structure. The forums tried to help but couldn't. Guess I'll have to find a Linux geek to help me out (p.s. you need to remind people on the forums that you're a newbie to Linux because otherwise you'll never understand what they're talking about!).
The sound is poor on this computer - it sounds like a transistor radio. That needs to be improved. I connect it to better speakers and that works just fine.
Finally, the webcam is great, so easy to use, but the format that it's saved in (OGG) is hard to work with. I had a hard time finding a conversion program for it. Again, the forums were very helpful in this regard.
That all said though, I haven't been as much in love with a gadget as I have been with this one! I love its size, how easy it is to connect to the web, how well the office products work (totally compatible with MS Office, even saves the files in MS), and the webcam. For $399, this thing does just about everything the iPhone does and more (you can make phone calls using Skype) and it's almost just as portable. It seems like a 'chick' PC to me - I was surprised how many guys were interested in it.