Asus EEE 900A, 1.6 GHz Atom, 1 GB ram, 8 GB ssd, 8.9", Linux -- £181.51 delivered @ more computers - HotUKDeals
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#2
good find, have some heat
#3
Worth noting there is also a Linux version for £15 less, available from More Computers:

http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.asp?pn=EEEPC900A%2DBLK001L

Voted hot - I was only commenting yesterday I so wanted something like a 901 but at under £200, and here it is!

Rufus.
#4
"Sorry, this product is now discontinued and is no longer available for sale on the Ebuyer.com website.
Asus EEE PC 900A-BLK001L, ATOM 1.6GHz, 8GB HDD 1GB RAM, 8.9" TFT, NOOPT, XP Home"
#5
RufusA
Worth noting there is also a Linux version for £15 less, available from More Computers:

http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.asp?pn=EEEPC900A%2DBLK001L

Voted hot - I was only commenting yesterday I so wanted something like a 901 but at under £200, and here it is!

Rufus.


That seems like a total steal but looking online it seems this 900A has no bluetooth, slower wifi, a much lower end webcam and a tiny battery when compared to the 901. Really its like the original 7 inch generation but in an 8.9 body. You get what you pay for I guess.
#6
Quite tempted to go for this, not really fussed about bluetooth or the webcam.. how much slower is the wifi?
#7
The wifi is 802.11g vs 802.11n IMHO not a big issue, particularly for the machines intended purpose of surfing the web - unless you have an uber broadband supplier you're not going to see any speed difference.

The biggest issue with the 900A is a subtle one, it uses the newer MLC SSD vs the older SLC standard. MLC uses clever stuff to get 4 states out of the memory (rather than just on and off), so in effect halves the manufacturing cost.

Whilst memory read speeds are similar, write speeds can be half that of SLC. So if doing something "disc" intensive, you'll notice some sluggishness.

So as a surfing web, listening to MP3s, playing divx machine, typing the odd email, it's perfect. If are wanting something fast and powerful this machine isn't for you, but then again no netbook probably is.

Issues with SLC and battery life are easily corrected by buying replacements from third party suppliers, and at the price IMHO this can't be beat!

YMMV - Rufus.
#8
Thanks, some interesting information in there, I'm only on 2mb broadband so the wifi isn't a problem. I might pop into PC World first to get a feel for it first but it seems ideal.
#9
Tesco have these instore at 198 at the moment
[admin]#10
Moved merchant to "More computers" @ OP Request
#11
Somebody update the URL please as well....
#12
Just been down to my local Tesco, realitybites, and I fear what you saw may have been an Acer. Certainly they were £198 at any rate and sadly no Asus in site. Thanks to everybody for this heads up, though! I think I'm going to be a More Computers customer soon.
#13
wireless N isn't really needed on netbooks apart from perhaps for the additional range they're not designed for transferring large files over the network they are designed for browsing the web.

Personally I think the default Linux on the EEE's isn't very good and While you can run XP on them the performance seems to be better under linux.

best OS for them i've found so far was ubuntu-eee which is just ubuntu but it's been presetup to work with the EEE.

Mines the older 900 20GB apart from the battery drain issue thats a bit of a problem, I find with linux it's pretty good I bought it to use away from home and once UMTSMON is installed works great with my mobile BB stick :thumbsup:

You can get 3rd party batteries upto 10400Mah got one on order, so will see how that goes.

Basically if your after a small portable machine for surfing the internet and email/IM they are great.

However if you are going to be typing out long essays/documents or want to play games.etc then your better off going with a larger Laptop with a bigger keyboard/screen and faster Processor.etc
#14
Very tempted!

I am a big Apple fan have a Mac in the house at the moment but this would be ideal for my daughter and is a lot cheaper than any Apple Laptop, I am not on a wireless network so would have to buy a Wireless router for this, does anyone see any problems with compatibility issues?

In effect could I run a Nintendo Wii, A Mac (wireless enabled) and one of these on a wireless network without any issues?
#15
Money Spinning
Very tempted!

I am a big Apple fan have a Mac in the house at the moment but this would be ideal for my daughter and is a lot cheaper than any Apple Laptop, I am not on a wireless network so would have to buy a Wireless router for this, does anyone see any problems with compatibility issues?

In effect could I run a Nintendo Wii, A Mac (wireless enabled) and one of these on a wireless network without any issues?


The only issue you might have is if you have Fast Broadband (~15Mbit/s +) and there are a lot of other wireless networks in the area or your some distance away from the router you might find you don't quite get the full speed of your broadband whilst connected via wireless.

Just make sure you get the right kind of wireless router for your broadband (I.e ADSL or Cable) and you shouldn't run into any issues :thumbsup:
#16
I am only on the Virgin 2MB service so that's not an issue, have seen a cheap wireless router on Ebay for about £20 so very tempted now.
#17
Money Spinning
I am only on the Virgin 2MB service so that's not an issue, have seen a cheap wireless router on Ebay for about £20 so very tempted now.


don't buy the cheapest one you can find do a bit of research first, last thing you want is a router that you have to reboot every 5mins. ;-)
#18
The one in question is a Netgear one (WGR614) - My current model is a non wireless Netgear so I am happy to keep with that manufacturer.
1 Like #19
WGR614 is an excellent router .. have 2 laptops and a wii working off it nicely with a 2Mb virgin service also.
#20
andyleeds4
WGR614 is an excellent router .. have 2 laptops and a wii working off it nicely with a 2Mb virgin service also.


Thanks for the info and welcome to HUKD - Have just got one on Ebay for under £26 including P&P
#21
My order's just been cancelled with this email:

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]Unfortunately we will not be able fulfil your order request. The product requested was made available to us from one of our distributors in error. We discovered this error when our distributor declined to accept our order. Their explanation was that the product should never have been made available to us.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]We do apologise for the inconvenience[/SIZE][/FONT]
#22
I'd like to extend the apology to those who have commented and read this thread. Our distributor (one of the biggest in the UK) has really let us down with this. I was pleased to see the attention from the HUKD forum on Friday and it was only when we came to process to the order requests today we realised there had been a mix up.

For what it's worth, this is a genuine mistake - I realise some will think the worst, but that's not how we do business at MoreComputers.

Apologise again, I'm gutted.

Brian
Operations Manager
MoreComputers.com
#23
I still haven't had a cancellation notice? - I presume no payment has yet been taken from our cards?
#25
I'd love to know why it should never have been made available, it's not like the 900a doesn't exist it's being sold throughout Europe already.

Oh well expiring this thread, hopefully it'll make a comeback via another retailer who are a little bit more competent.
#26
I had a dispatched email and text message late last night, so they obviously have/had some stock, I ordered mine on Sunday.
#27
Mine was delivered today, but to a wrong address :(

The courier sent it to the same road name but in a different village, luckily the people that got it were honest and telephoned me so I am going to collect it tomorrow now.
#28
I ordered and had it cancelled with the same email. However i ordered again from [url]www.povonline.co.uk[/url] and i called i spoke to someone there first, and they was saying the stock they have is in hand and not distributed by other suppliers. They are official ASUS partners and assured me the item will be dispatched.

However 10 minutes later he called back saying they are not allowed to sell them as they are not released until november, ASUS are trying to sell off the older 900's before introducing these atom versions, and thats the reason. So although they are in stock, they are not allowed to be released yet. Couldn't even give me a firm date telling me ASUS had just told him november....

Money Spinning, where did you actually order yours from as i got the same cancellation email as the other posters from morecomputers.

Thanks!
#29
Typical Asus :roll:.

Oh well at least they're bringing the price down to compete with Acer.
#30
alkalinetrio


Money Spinning, where did you actually order yours from as i got the same cancellation email as the other posters from morecomputers.

Thanks!


I got mine from More Computers - After reading the replies in this thread I was 99% sure mine would be cancelled too but was wrong, finally picked it up this evening as it was delivered to the wrong address, really pleased with it, sorry that I seemed the only one to be successful though, hope you all get one at a good price also.
#31
lucky indeed as although these are in stock everywhere, they're not allowed to be sold til next month!

Look really nice for the price although i was a bit concerned about a slower read/write speed on the ssd. I didn't realise there is yet again a new 900HA with a 1.3 cam and 160gb hdd... The models just keep coming and getting more confusing each time!

For the price i am still going to pick up a 900a. Is it easy to install XP on these? I have mobile broadband but its not compatible with linux
#32
Good to hear M/S, if you could confirm the battery capacity we'd greatly appreciate it.

Just pop it off the back and inspect the label, it should be 4400mAH or higher.
#33
http://www.forumaffiliates.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/images/4400.jpg

Yep, 4400
#34
Thanks :thumbsup:.

Puts it well ahead of the competition if the current draw isn't vastly different.

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