Here´s my first blog post using the new Eee PC from ASUS. My first impressions:
Excellent, easy setup with little configuration. Navigation UI for the Linux is excellent.
Smaller than I had expected and seems like a feather compared to my 8 pound Dell.
Keyboard is very tiny. Hard to type and easy to hit wr0ng keys.
Phew…back on a real keyboard now. The Eee PC really shines as a good surfing tool with a bright 7″ screen that should be fine for most tasks including mail, but the tiny keyboard concerns me. Still, much better than having to lug a big laptop all over the place in China and small enough that I can carry it with me everywhere. After too much time looking at the similarly named options I chose the ASUS Eee PC 4G at $399. The basic model is $299 with 2G of the flash memory, but mine has 4G memory (there is no hard drive or disk drive on these!). Also a camera and what appears to be longer battery life – 3.5 vs 2.8 hours for the “surf” models.
Before you buy review the chart at ASUS which covers the different models. This is the current chart but I’m sure this will change, especially because the larger model should be out soon. Unless the keyboard is larger – in which case that is probably the one to get – I’d think that the larger model would not necessarily be a better idea since it will be heavier.