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ASUS Eee PC 701 Surf (Black)

Normally £191.99
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ASUS Eee PC 701 Surf (White)

Normally £191.99
Now only £159.99 inc VAT
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OQO model 01+

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#1
hot real hot cheers Newbold:thumbsup:
#2
sound good are these any good??
#3
Cold, you can get the 4G non-surf that has a webcam and upgradable memory for £10 cheaper from ebuyer.

They're pretty good, the screen resolution is a bit small, they don't have bluetooth and the battery life is only a couple of hours but there's nothing comparable at the price and it's still very usable.
#4
EndlessWaves
Cold, you can get the 4G non-surf that has a webcam and upgradable memory for £10 cheaper from ebuyer.
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That's £30 more!
#5
pet2000
That's £30 more!


yep i can only see a lesser spec cheaper..

Whats Linux like to use as i have vista? i was thinking of buying this to use for holidays-watching dvds and putting pics on-emailing back home or msn-worth it?
#6
OQO sounds like a good price.

cheers OP.
#7
from what i can see it is £169.99 at pixmania-quidco available-and it is in all colours-just wondering if someone can answer the linux question for me first before i order?
#8
STONE COLD

It is the Surf model so it has no webcam.
Plus as said PiXmania is only £9 more for the non surf model
Plus at Pixmania it is available now and they charge less postage

I would vote hot if it was not a 'one day' price.
If you want it for certain, now, want the better model with the built-in camera just stump up the extra £7.50.
#9
louloo
yep i can only see a lesser spec cheaper..

Whats Linux like to use as i have vista? i was thinking of buying this to use for holidays-watching dvds and putting pics on-emailing back home or msn-worth it?


It's £154.37... If you saw it at £190 I guess it was one of ebuyer's price swings.

Linux isn't a single operating system, it comes in lots of flavours. There's a demo of the default interface of the eee's operating system here (slightly out of date, there have been more apps added recently. The poor picture quality isn't there on the eee either).
#10
i'm using linux (ubuntu) at the moment. decided to give it a try and put it on my laptop a week ago. suppose i've learned a fair bit in that time. put it on so basically my children can have an inkling about different OS's that are out there cos i think their schools are exclusively windows.

not a bad OS - i'm going to stick with it for a while. boots up quite quick and automatically links to my router really well. hope this helps.

if i was going to get a netbook there is no way i'd pay over the odds for xp to be on it.
#11
alandarl
STONE COLD

It is the Surf model so it has no webcam.
Plus as said PiXmania is only £9 more for the non surf model
Plus at Pixmania it is available now and they charge less postage

I would vote hot if it was not a 'one day' price.
If you want it for certain, now, want the better model with the built-in camera just stump up the extra £7.50.


which one has the camera please as it might be fun? thanks!!
1 Like #12
louloo

Whats Linux like to use as i have vista? i was thinking of buying this to use for holidays-watching dvds and putting pics on-emailing back home or msn-worth it?


Linux is great although you do need to have a little knowledge of what youre doing to install stuff. On this machine there is an interface to make things easier for the novice (it can be unlocked with a simple code tapped into the command prompt). However for a new user who wants to install new programs they may find it difficult to get to grips with. It's not meant as a regular machine though so thats why it comes with most applications you would want to use.

For DVD's forget it - it has no optical drives. You can play divx and xvid movies no problem so you could convert your DVDs to these formats and play from memory stick and it would work fine. Or plug a DVD external drive in and use that (although then you would have to install DVD reading software). For people who know Linux this would be fairly straight forward but if youre new to Linux youd probably think it was more trouble than its worth. IMO.

I used to have one of these machines and they are really good but for what theyre designed for, browsing the net, getting your email etc, messing around on You Tube.
1 Like #13
louloo
which one has the camera please as it might be fun? thanks!!


There are four models in this range: 2G Surf, 4G Surf, 4G and 8G. The Surf models lack the webcam. All the higher ranges (eee 900, 901, 1000 etc.) have webcams.
#14
hmm


Special offer price for eXpansys email subscribers - this offer will save you £100 - but please note that this price drop by £32 from £399.99 to £299.99 inc VAT will only be active between 11am and 4pm UK time on Friday the 29th of August*. Normal pricing will resume at 4pm.

#15
OQO - hot deal. 2 years ago this would have set you back £1500!

good review here...
http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-devices/review/2006/04/04/OQO-model-01-Tablet-Edition/p1
#16
I wouldnt be without mine now, love it to bits, I have the 4g with webcam, I am a big Linux fan but actually prefer Xp on the 701, I have an nLited version and with that and M$ office installed it still left 2 gb on the ssd, I use it for surfing, office tasks and I have Mame, Gens, Zsnes and Hugo along with approx 4000 roms on a SD card and they all run flawlessy...

there are some great apps to set the resolution how you want it (AsTray+ is a good one), and when you want to squeeze the battery life then mute the sound and turn the brightness down as low as you can manage and youll get some decent time from it..

great little machines IMO
#17
Does this have an internal fan or is it completely silent?
#18
louloo
Whats Linux like to use as i have vista?


The EEE uses a special interface by default that is not like standard Linux interfaces, it is specially designed for the smaller screen and for non techie people who just wanna load up a web browser and what. You can switch to a standard Linux desktop if you want, but by default the EEE is very different from a standard Linux set up.
#19
surely you would want to pay more for the better "aspire one" at currys, now £199? (+quidco £6)

With the bigger screen it is well worth the extra, and would run ubuntu (or indeed XP) nicely.

I think i may get one as a mythtv frontend to watch TV in bed...
infact no, i'll wait.

I dont actually need one right now, so in 3 years they will likely be twice as good for half the price.
#20
Linux will drive you round the bend if you are used to Windows !!!!!!!
#21
Scunnerd;2830908
Linux will drive you round the bend if you are used to Windows !!!!!!!

True.
#22
I'm a windows user and I have the EEE pc 900 with linux. I don't have a problem with it.

I guess it just depends what you want to do with it.

As for the Aspire One for £199.99, it's swings and roundabouts. For £189 you can pick up the asus eee pc 900 refurbished from dabs with linux and 20 gb ssd.

It might be worth doing your research first as one of the biggest factors is battery life.
#23
Ok heres my opinion's on the products for those of you who are umming and ahhing about whether to go for these deals or not.

I have owned both of these devices OQO Model 01+ and a version of the Asus 701 (although mine was the 4g non surf).

I'll start with the OQO Model 01+

+ Great little device, small enough to fit in your pocket,
+ Touch screen and does everything a laptop does
+ Much cheaper than the newer OQO Model 2 range

- Small screen is hard to run anything but IE on and even that can be annoying at times
- Poor battery life
- Can get hot and be quite noisy at times
- Horrible keypad so hard to type on!

So I sold my OQO and upgraded to the Asus 701:

+ Fantastic Price for a fully useable laptop
+ Great keyboard a million times better than the OQO
+ Small enough to carry around
+ Light enough to hold on the palm of your hand and use
+ Better battery time

- Battery life is about 2 hours with wifi on constantly
- Screen res is still too small to play games and such like, my dad had difficulty reading the screen
- The flash storage just isnt enough I bought a 16gb SDHC card to go with mine but even the class 6 I bought access times wernt great
- Linux it comes with is good but restrictive - I put XP on mine but you have to put a cut down version on as the full wont fit (took about 2.5GB of my flash)

So I've sold my EEE ... and now I have ... the Advent 4211 (MSI WIND) which I highly recommend, the 10 inch screen is the right size, its not too big or heavy, you can do everything on it and the 80gb HDD is great!

Bear in mind the Advent is £279.99 though...

The choice is yours people :-)
#24
COLD!!!! Ordered 15 of these last time around, and they turned out to be foreign stock, with an adapter chucked in to make them work with a UK plug!!
#25
linux would be really good if you just surf web, email, MSN and watch online. Very stable and virus worry free. It wont run many applications from windows for EEE PC even I tried with Wine Emulator.
#26
turdburglar
Does this have an internal fan or is it completely silent?


The eee has a quiet internal fan that comes on when it gets hot, I don't know about the OQO.
#27
Monkey nuts 2
I'm a windows user and I have the EEE pc 900 with linux. I don't have a problem with it.

I guess it just depends what you want to do with it.

As for the Aspire One for £199.99, it's swings and roundabouts. For £189 you can pick up the asus eee pc 900 refurbished from dabs with linux and 20 gb ssd.

It might be worth doing your research first as one of the biggest factors is battery life.


Can you tell me how to locate the Asus eee PC 900 refurbs on Dabs? Cheers.
#28
EndlessWaves
The eee has a quiet internal fan that comes on when it gets hot, I don't know about the OQO.



Correct the EEE fan is bearable...

The OQO fan got quite loud after a period of use..
#29
I agree with bluestreak56 regarding the Advent 4211 vs the Eee PC.

I have the Asus Eee PC 701 4 GB model (same chassis as the one in this thread but with a web cam). I absolutely love it from a portability point of view - I took it to the pub in a poacher's pocket in my jacket and my mates didn't even know I had aa notebook with me until I pulled it out to settle an argument by looking something up on the web!

The 7" screen is okay for something like the scenario above, but for any longer usage it would be a bit tiring on the eyes. You wouldn't want to write "War and Peace" on that keyboard either!

Now, the Advent 4211.....a totally different kettle of fish. It is, as bluestreak56 said, a rebadged MSI Wind. The main difference is the price - the 4211 is some £80 cheaper for what is exactly the same machine (and you can get Quidco off it too). The 4211 is simply a different colour.

I am using my 4211 to write this and am typing quite comfortably as the keyboard is 80% of a full size one. The screen is 10" and is crisp and bright (you forget you are using a netbook). There is also a huge (compared to the Eee's 4 Gb) 80 Gb hard drive.

As bluestreak56 said, it is £279 but it is not that much bigger than the Eee, weighs practically the same, has a bigger screen, runs on either XP or Linux (you choose when setting up the machine), a decent keyboard and a big hard drive. Horses and courses really.
#30
I've been doing a lot of research both on-line and checking out netbooks in the shops. The Advent 4211 definitely has the best keyboard and screen. The only drawback seems to be battery life and currently all models are shipping with a standard capacity battery. However a high capacity battery is on its way. The only question left for me is when to buy? Should I wait for the higher capacity battery to be shipped with new models, or should I just go for the current model and get a new battery later?

What I would say is that at £279 (typical price at the moment) it needs to drop a bit or include the higher spec battery. In the meantime I'll keep using my nice, but heavy Dell Vostro 1500 when I am travelling.
#31
bigsky
I've been doing a lot of research both on-line and checking out netbooks in the shops. The Advent 4211 definitely has the best keyboard and screen. The only drawback seems to be battery life and currently all models are shipping with a standard capacity battery. However a high capacity battery is on its way. The only question left for me is when to buy? Should I wait for the higher capacity battery to be shipped with new models, or should I just go for the current model and get a new battery later?

What I would say is that at £279 (typical price at the moment) it needs to drop a bit or include the higher spec battery. In the meantime I'll keep using my nice, but heavy Dell Vostro 1500 when I am travelling.


Not sure when the 6 cell comes out or how much it will actually cost but the battery life at the moment isnt terrible and because the unit is so light you can plug it in anywhere :thumbsup:
#32
Sorry, I expired the wrong deal, meant to expire Asda hi-fi. :oops:
#33
I meant to include this tip when I was writing about the Advent 4211. A lot of folks are returning these machines because of a fault which doesn't really exist.

When turning the netbook on, it is important to give the power switch the briefest of touches. If you press it for more than about 2 seconds the machine will show the Advent logo page and then power off. A brief "blip" on the power button is all that is required.

I hope this saves someone some anxiety.
#34
dink
I meant to include this tip when I was writing about the Advent 4211. A lot of folks are returning these machines because of a fault which doesn't really exist.

When turning the netbook on, it is important to give the power switch the briefest of touches. If you press it for more than about 2 seconds the machine will show the Advent logo page and then power off. A brief "blip" on the power button is all that is required.

I hope this saves someone some anxiety.


Upgrade the firmware and this issue goes away :-)
#35
This is a good deal for a good netbook / webbook or what ever the new standard is for calling them this afternoon, but its not a greatest netbook in the Asus Eee Pc range, the 901 dose stand out as being the mark to beat. The main issue I have found with netbooks is the screen, the 7" on most netbook has painful low resolution. I would try and look at 8.9" or more screen sizes like the new Acer Aspire One.

£199 - http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0813574737.1220014771@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdgadeemlllledcflgceggdhhmdgml.0&page=Product&fm=1&sm=11&tm=2&sku=705895&category_oid=
1 Like #36
KICK-BACK
This is a good deal for a good netbook / webbook or what ever the new standard is for calling them this afternoon, but its not a greatest netbook in the Asus Eee Pc range, the 901 dose stand out as being the mark to beat. The main issue I have found with netbooks is the screen, the 7" on most netbook has painful low resolution. I would try and look at 8.9" or more screen sizes like the new Acer Aspire One.

£199 - http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0813574737.1220014771@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdgadeemlllledcflgceggdhhmdgml.0&page=Product&fm=1&sm=11&tm=2&sku=705895&category_oid=


The acer aspire one is good value at £199.

It's definitely worth having a look at the size, weight and screen variations on all netbooks before deciding on which is best for you. As well as just the price.

I made a little comparison table for those who are interested :

Processor Screen Size Battery (Hours) DIMENSIONS (CM)
Brand Model Speed (Inches) Resolution Disk Size 3/4 Cell 6 Cell HEIGHT WIDTH DEPTH Weight (Kg) Price (GBP)

Asus EEE 701 900Mhz 7 800x400 4GB 2/3 22.5 16.4 3.5 0.92 159
Asus EEE 900 900Mhz 8.9 1024x600 12GB XP SSD / 20GB LINUX SSD 2/3 22.5 17 3.38 0.99 319
Asus EEE 901 1.6Ghz 8.9 1024x600 20GB SSD 4.2-7.8 1.14 339
Asus EEE 1000 10/10.2 1024x600 40GB SSD 3.2 5 1.33
Asus EEE 1000H 10/10.2 1024x600 80GB XP HDD 3.2 5 1.45

MSI WIND 1.6Ghz 8.9 1024x598 80GB XP HDD 2/3 26 18 1.9 - 3.15 1.15 339
Advert 4211 (WIND) 1.6Ghz 8.10 1024x599 80GB XP HDD 2/3 26 18 1.9 - 3.15 1.15 279
MSI WIND 1.6Ghz 10 26 18 1.9 - 3.15 1.1 - 1.3

ACER ASPIRE ONE 1.6Ghz 8.9 1024x600 8GB SSD 3 6 24.8 17 2.9 0.99 199

GIGABYTE M912 1.6Ghz 8.9 1280X768 120/160/250GB HDD 4 23.5 18 2.8 - 4.2 1.2

Ok thats knocked all my formatting out, I have it in an excel file ... if anyone wants it let me know.
#37
bluestreak56
The acer aspire one is good value at £199.

It's definitely worth having a look at the size, weight and screen variations on all netbooks before deciding on which is best for you. As well as just the price.

I made a little comparison table for those who are interested :

Processor Screen Size Battery (Hours) DIMENSIONS (CM)
Brand Model Speed (Inches) Resolution Disk Size 3/4 Cell 6 Cell HEIGHT WIDTH DEPTH Weight (Kg) Price (GBP)

Asus EEE 701 900Mhz 7 800x400 4GB 2/3 22.5 16.4 3.5 0.92 159
Asus EEE 900 900Mhz 8.9 1024x600 12GB XP SSD / 20GB LINUX SSD 2/3 22.5 17 3.38 0.99 319
Asus EEE 901 1.6Ghz 8.9 1024x600 20GB SSD 4.2-7.8 1.14 339
Asus EEE 1000 10/10.2 1024x600 40GB SSD 3.2 5 1.33
Asus EEE 1000H 10/10.2 1024x600 80GB XP HDD 3.2 5 1.45

MSI WIND 1.6Ghz 8.9 1024x598 80GB XP HDD 2/3 26 18 1.9 - 3.15 1.15 339
Advert 4211 (WIND) 1.6Ghz 8.10 1024x599 80GB XP HDD 2/3 26 18 1.9 - 3.15 1.15 279
MSI WIND 1.6Ghz 10 26 18 1.9 - 3.15 1.1 - 1.3

ACER ASPIRE ONE 1.6Ghz 8.9 1024x600 8GB SSD 3 6 24.8 17 2.9 0.99 199

GIGABYTE M912 1.6Ghz 8.9 1280X768 120/160/250GB HDD 4 23.5 18 2.8 - 4.2 1.2

Ok thats knocked all my formatting out, I have it in an excel file ... if anyone wants it let me know.

Good table, i think spending about £200-270 is a good range for a netbook, as you can pick up a cheap Dell or acer budget laptop for about the same price, the main reason for netbooks are that you can just take them anywhere, I had a smartphone for mobile internet but its very limited to what you can do. if you are looking for a laptop, please buy a laptop!
Looking at some of the adverts in papers / shops they show netbooks as 'Cheap' laptops, or worlds cheapest laptop etc etc, its a bit misleading.

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