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4GB white EEE PC in stock at Play.com for £219.99

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Difficult to source so this is good from a reliable vendor at a good price. Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play ASUS have created the brand new Eee PC 701 4GB for total mobile internet com…
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Difficult to source so this is good from a reliable vendor at a good price.

Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play

ASUS have created the brand new Eee PC 701 4GB for total mobile internet computing. This half-UMPC, half-laptop hybrid has to be the best mobile internet revolutionary experience you will get.

Eee stands for Easy to learn, work and play, Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience. Bumps and shocks are no longer issues. With a dependable 4GB solid-state disk, you get unparalleled shock-protection and reliability.

Using a Linux-variant operating system requires only 15 seconds to boot. Microsoft die-hards should note that Windows documents are compatible with the ASUS Eee PC 4GB . The Eee PC includes the documents and the e-mails software, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track. It'll ship with Open Office, Firefox and Skype, but you can install any number of other open-source applications.

Other interesting specifications of the ASUS Eee PC 701 4GB include, Ethernet, camera and three USB ports. Additional storage space can be added by inserting a Secure Digital (SD) card
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#1
Awesome. Just ordered one. Would of liked one in black but been after one for a long time so will take whatevers going :)
#2
I must admit when I received mine I was a little dissapointed. I found the touchpad a little unresponsive and I had to tap the touchpad quite hard to perform a left mouse click. And although I was willing to give Linux a go, I couldn't find Linux variants of the software I wanted. For instance, when I attached my Huawei E220 USB modem, it installed without any notification and setting up the connection was practically done for me, but there wasn't an equivalent to the Mobile Partner software that installs automatically with Windows.

However... I've installed Windows XP now and it's great!
The touchpad is more responsive, and I've got the feature rich software I'm used to without sacrificing on performance. I have had to buy a 4GB SDHC card to store files and applications due to Windows' larger footprint, and I've replaced the 512MB ram with 2GB so that I can turn off the page file. But, for me at least, it was worth it.

Another thing I think is worth mentioning is the build quality of the EEE PC. The white version is not a horrible shiny white plastic, but a matt pearlised finish. And the screen, although small, is very good.
#3
Its a nice piece of kit ,but price is to close to a cheap laptop which can do lots more,but a little larger.Price drop need to £150 before these will be in a class of there own,and a must have item.
#4
this is the same price in toys r us, a lot easier to return than to play.com
#5
doyled, you installed XP becaue you didn't like the touchpad feel? i haven't used one of these but surely tweaking the config what have been easier.
btw turning off the pagefile is never a good idea however much ram you have.

bigger screen and slightly lower price and i'd be tempted..
#6
The linux os is perfect for it and smiff ya right ya can change the config so there ultra sensitive with the installed os ya don't need xp for that
#7
These are great little machines. To those that say you can buy a "proper" laptop for a little more - you are missing the point. This is barely larger than a DVD case and ultra light, perfect as an ultra-portable supplement to a laptop or desktop computer. It is not designed to be a replacement for either.

There have been rumours for several months regarding upgraded models coming in the new year, but these models have remained in such short supply since they were launched in the UK, that they rarely stay in stock anywhere for more than a day or so at anything approaching the RRP.
#8
#9
I've just ordered mine and I can't wait.
I think that even at its current price it is a bargain.

You cannot compare it to other laptops as the lack of optical drive does limit it in some way ie. installing games, watching dvds, etc but then on the other hand it is considerably smaller than other laptops (unless you pay upwards of £800)

For most people though this is not an issue at all as they want to watch DVDs and play games on a larger screen on a desktop pc or games console.

So really, for it's size and functionality (and all that free software already installed) it's a quick and easy travel pc and from the looks of it there's plenty of scope for modifications etc.
Hope mine arrives soon

T00FARG0NE
#10
sonygeezer followed the link and there not in stock 3-4 weeks delivery
#11
sonygeezer


You're missing the point. these are rarer than hens teeth so its a great deal as they actually have stock.
Also, quidco offer 4% from Play and only 2.5% from BT Shop so it works out cheaper overall.
I've been after one for weeks and finally ordered one!

Cheers to OP :thumbsup:
#12
coleraine
Its a nice piece of kit ,but price is to close to a cheap laptop which can do lots more,but a little larger.Price drop need to £150 before these will be in a class of there own,and a must have item.


So far about 500,000 people disagree with you :whistling:
#13
nice 'laptop' but the price is not going down~~~~ was hoping it would go down after new year~~~
#14
I want to own one of these eventually if not produced by Apple I'll go elsewhere. Presently I don't think they're good enough.
banned#15
doyled
I must admit when I received mine I was a little dissapointed. I found the touchpad a little unresponsive and I had to tap the touchpad quite hard to perform a left mouse click. And although I was willing to give Linux a go, I couldn't find Linux variants of the software I wanted. For instance, when I attached my Huawei E220 USB modem, it installed without any notification and setting up the connection was practically done for me, but there wasn't an equivalent to the Mobile Partner software that installs automatically with Windows.

However... I've installed Windows XP now and it's great!
The touchpad is more responsive, and I've got the feature rich software I'm used to without sacrificing on performance. I have had to buy a 4GB SDHC card to store files and applications due to Windows' larger footprint, and I've replaced the 512MB ram with 2GB so that I can turn off the page file. But, for me at least, it was worth it.

Another thing I think is worth mentioning is the build quality of the EEE PC. The white version is not a horrible shiny white plastic, but a matt pearlised finish. And the screen, although small, is very good.


I have googled 'TinyXP' as this seems the way to go if XP is a consideration for this machine. Does anyone have an actual working experience with this cut down software?

Also how do you change the 512mb of RAM with 2GB. What does this involve, and what is the cost.
#16
#17
Thewse are amazing little machines. To those complaining that it`s not much cheaper than a "real" laptop - try comparing it to a laptop of the same size, then you`ll see what a bargain it is. Ok the processor isn`t the fastest in the world, but it runs Windows XP, office etc all perfectly well.

Upgrade it to 2 gigs of RAM, but ignore the advice from one poster to leave the page file turned on. This machine only has 4 gig of disk space, filling half of it with a page file would be plain stupid, not to mention bad for the drive. Flash drives as are found in this machine have a smaller number of read/write cycles than a normal hard drive. it won`t be a limit in normal use, but putting a page fil on it will start wearing away quicker than you need to.

I paid £230 for mine, and can`t fault it. it`s an amazing little machine, battery life seems to be hitting about 4 hours in "real" use, and maybe as low as 2.5 hours when playing a DVD film (from a USB powered DVD-ROM), but overall more than enough battery life. If you turn the brightness down and turn the Wifi off it`ss be even better!
#18
Thanks. I had a black one on order, but will settle for a white one.
I had checked last night and it was showing as in stock on the search results, but out of stock when clicking through.
banned#19
amcdermo


Okay thanks for the link


So RAM upgrade is ddr2 sodimm (pc5400) 667 MHz modules, max. capacity 2 GB.

1 stick replacement.


I also understand these units come supplied 'underclocked'. Has anyone bothered to overclock it back up to 900
#20
Only thing putting me off one of these is the screen size they have, compared with the screen size they could have (look at that inch thick surround either side).
#21
Yep the screen size is too small. I'm waiting for the 9" version. Shouldn't be too long to wait now
#22
Anyone installing windows on a device supplied with LInux needs their motives checked!!!

Perhaps they work for MS, and if windows is so good, why do so few people praise Vista?

Lastly, think of the time it took your computer to start after switching it on with windows - and look at the spec of this mobo which lets you access the net in 5 secs from switch on.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/145278/asus-p5e3-deluxewifiapn.html?searchString=
#23
sparc
I want to own one of these eventually if not produced by Apple I'll go elsewhere. Presently I don't think they're good enough.


You do realise that asus build and assemble Macbooks?
#24
This is a toy, don't waste your money, for a little more you can buy a proper laptop.
I considered buying one of these a couple of months a go, so I went and tried one out.
I was very disappointed, very small poor screen, Early Learning Centre looks and feel, OS is featureless, no optical drive.

Don't fall for the hype !!!
#25
Just got one of these earlier this week. Great piece of kit as an addition to a laptop (not a replacement tho!). Ideal for travelling and you can put your movies in divx and watch off an additional SD card. I was forced to put XP on it due to one piece of software for work but it all went of smooth apart from the network drivers not working! Windows, don't ya just love it... But if you put on the Zune theme on XP it looks REALLY smart on a black EEE PC.
#26
What size SD card so you recommend to go with it?
#27
ibiza

Lastly, think of the time it took your computer to start after switching it on with windows - and look at the spec of this mobo which lets you access the net in 5 secs from switch on.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/145278/asus-p5e3-deluxewifiapn.html?searchString=


I have two of these. While bootup is fast, it is more like 15 seconds with the default Xandros installation. It takes another 10-15 seconds to hook up to your wireless, so you are more like ready to surf in about 30 seconds. Not 5.
#28
Nesima
This is a toy, don't waste your money, for a little more you can buy a proper laptop.
I considered buying one of these a couple of months a go, so I went and tried one out.
I was very disappointed, very small poor screen, Early Learning Centre looks and feel, OS is featureless, no optical drive.

Don't fall for the hype !!!


With its current small screen I could see why people might say that - but with solid state storage as cards and pens its possible to get 8 gig for under 20 quid, which really starts to make DVDs have the relevance of coasters.

Once you start moving away from disks its so easy to do. My car radio has a USB and SD/MMC connector - so I can 'burn' music for it and have 4x 2gig SD cards for this - that I can keep 1 in the car - 1 in the PC and 2 in my wallet.

You can also use them for audio books etc too. The eee can do all this too.

So try not to look at the eee as a toy - look at it as access to a computer and net where you would not have had access before, and only taking up the space of a book, while being far more robust than a traditional laptop.

Its also your entire music collection, and a DVD player for flights and traffic jams - sat nav and MP4 player with a massively better screen - emergency access to documents and details from almost anywhere and using...

http://www.fon.com

its likely you have net access free whenever you are at most mainland Spanish holiday resorts, which will expand as the FON network expands; an extremely likely in the UK now too, given their teaming up with BT.

So combine this with VOIP and you can forget getting stuffed with roaming charges, or can even use it from access points in the UK for VOIP as it means you can usea number that stops your being called when driving, without having to wait longer to the next service station to return the call.

To conclude, if the purpose of a laptop is to be mobile, then its far more mobile than any laptop can be. However laptops are not great as a main PC, and excluding their obviously inherent abilty to be shifted from room to room and keeping your knees warm in winter, they offer no benefit over a desktop PC with a 22+ inch screen.

But for the price of decent spec laptop - you can get both an excellent desktop and an EEE for outside.

No competition really!
#29
has anyone had a black one on back order with play? if so how long did they take to deliver?
#30
Its quite amusing seeing some peoples reactions to these, they really are missing the point somewhat. I bought one for my wife to browse the internet, and use emails, thats literally all she uses a computer for, its a perfect solution.
#31
Thanks IBIZA, some good points and an education.

Isn't it likely that a competitor (or 10) will soon come up with a better cheaper alternative to this, as so often happens.

That'll be the time to buy, in my opinion.

What will this one look like in 5 years time?
banned#32
ibiza
Anyone installing windows on a device supplied with LInux needs their motives checked!!!

Perhaps they work for MS, and if windows is so good, why do so few people praise Vista?

Lastly, think of the time it took your computer to start after switching it on with windows - and look at the spec of this mobo which lets you access the net in 5 secs from switch on.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/145278/asus-p5e3-deluxewifiapn.html?searchString=


I have tried running relational database in Openoffice in conjunction with MS Access files, and whilst it works to a point, Forms/Queieres etc are not seamlessly copied across.

It is possible to 'start again' from OpenOffice, but in reality I just can't see why I would or should.

I was considering the TinyXP or one of it's varients to overcome the hunger of all MS products, although I might still continue down the Linux route.

Has anyone succesfully synced MS Access files with OpenOffice database files. From wiki there certainly does seem to be some issues. I am fed up with 'issues', and as I really want the ASUS for nothing more than 1 30mb access file I can't see what difference XP would be to me.
#33
doyled
I must admit when I received mine I was a little dissapointed. I found the touchpad a little unresponsive and I had to tap the touchpad quite hard to perform a left mouse click.


You can adjust touch pads responsiveness the same as you can do so on every other laptop in the world.

anthonylei
nice 'laptop' but the price is not going down~~~~ was hoping it would go down after new year~~~


Of course the price isnt going down, Asus can barely keep up with demand at the current price. This thing is sold out all over the world and many countries that have not yet got the model have had their launch dates put back because there's not enough models to go around.

Nesima
This is a toy, don't waste your money, for a little more you can buy a proper laptop.
I considered buying one of these a couple of months a go, so I went and tried one out.
I was very disappointed, very small poor screen, Early Learning Centre looks and feel, OS is featureless, no optical drive.

Don't fall for the hype !!!


As other people have said, to compare this to a full size laptop is wrong, its designed to be ultra portable. Compare it to other ultra portable laptops and you will see that its an insane bargain.

If you didn't like the Early Learning Centre look I hope you aware that you can switch to the advanced mode anytime you like which boots the EEEPC up with a regular start menu and regular interface ala Windows.

As for the OS being featureless. If you can install extra software on Windows and Mac what makes you think you cant install extra software on this? If there were any features you lacked you could have simply added them. You seem to have assumed that this device is stuck with whatever it has originally. It is a proper laptop than you can install anything you like onto.

Hell, you can install a different version of Linux onto it if you like. Check out this video Eee PC running the Xubuntu version of Linux. Not only does it demonstrate the customisability of the EEE PC but it shows you that even with modest specs the EEE PC can do better eye candy than a top of the range PC running Vista (which has super ridiculous system requirements).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzzhEs9XGuE
#34
ibiza;1533479
Anyone installing windows on a device supplied with LInux needs their motives checked!!!

Perhaps they work for MS, and if windows is so good, why do so few people praise Vista?

Lastly, think of the time it took your computer to start after switching it on with windows - and look at the spec of this mobo which lets you access the net in 5 secs from switch on.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/145278/asus-p5e3-deluxewifiapn.html?searchString=



Just checked my motives and they seem fine.
I don't think Xandros can run the games I want to play. Besides I dual boot between the 2 OS so what's there to lose?
#35
Seems like nothing more than a child's plaything! Don't waste your time on it! Go out and buy a proper laptop with a larger screen and more hard disc memory.
#36
coleraine;1533185
Its a nice piece of kit ,but price is to close to a cheap laptop which can do lots more,but a little larger.Price drop need to £150 before these will be in a class of there own,and a must have item.

For School i would easily trade my "high spec" Core 2 Duo 15.4" laptop for this, as the size of this is one of the main features.
#37
id buy one if it went to £100 because there **** tbh i dont care if there portable etc as a 7 inch screen is useless and unless your addicted to using computers and need to bring a laptop with you when your on the can i would spend a few quid more and get a real laptop but a smaller screen e.g. 12-13 inch.
#38
The problem with that argument is you really dont need 13 inches to read your email or any of the other things you would be using this for. Consider it a device which goes between your mobile phone and your 13 inch heavy laptop in terms of what you would be using it for. Some people have no need for this middle device, some people do.

Either way, why do we have to debate it each time someone posts a deal about it.
#39
Nesima
This is a toy, don't waste your money, for a little more you can buy a proper laptop.
I considered buying one of these a couple of months a go, so I went and tried one out.
I was very disappointed, very small poor screen, Early Learning Centre looks and feel, OS is featureless, no optical drive.

Don't fall for the hype !!!


"doesn't suit me, so no one should get one!"

sorry i forgot this has only RAM + flash memory - the rules on pagefile setup may be different., however, afaik you cannot disable the pagefile in XP, if you set it to 0 just creates one. if you want to minimise pf use probably best to set it very small and make some reg tweaks.. this is beyond the scope of this forum, see the eee forums.

imho people are worrying too much about wear on the flash memory.. it should last 8 years of normal use, i.e. longer than many hard drives, asus couldn't afford to release a product that failed in 1-2 years :p
http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?pid=95277#p95277

edit: hehe, all the ranting makes me wonder why people with normal laptops are so touchy about this.. maybe they know it's because their portables are way too big, heavy and expensive?
#40
OMG, the level of stupidity on this forum is IMMENSE. It has already been mentioned NUMEROUS times that this is NOT a 13"-15" laptop alternative. Its raivalling the 600+ 10" sub mobile device group.

Yet people are still coming out with ignorant comments about how its a toy, are you all mentally impaired?

If you are after a 13"-15" replacement then this obviously isn't for you, but that does not make this a toy. We just got one for my bro, who is a medical student to use on the wards to do some research whilst working as its ideal with its small size. Hes not going to whip out a headset and start playing counter strike so this is perfect.

After playing with my bro's EEE PC I can only say its an excellent tool to use on the move for the net and word processing!

Yet I have a 13" laptop because I need one which is bigger in order to make quick notes during lectures, burn dvd's. So this is not the laptop I am after.

Alot of people on this forum seem to lack an ability to reason, its astonishing!

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