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Asus Eee PC 701 for £159.99 today between 11am & 3PM

£159.99 @ Expansys
Offer says that it's limited to email subscribers, so I guess if you subscribe you could order it! Available in Black or white. Display : 7" CPU & Chipset : Intel Mobile CPU & chipset Opera… Read More
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8y, 11m agoFound 8 years, 11 months ago
Offer says that it's limited to email subscribers, so I guess if you subscribe you could order it! Available in Black or white.

Display : 7"
CPU & Chipset : Intel Mobile CPU & chipset
Operating System : Linux System/ Hardware Compatible with Windows XP
Communication : 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
WLAN : WiFi 802.11b/g
Memory : 512MB, DDR2
Storage : 4GB S.S.D. (Solid-State Disk)
Audio : Hi-Definition audio CODEC, Built-in stereo speaker, Built-in microphone
Keyboard : Qwerty keyboard
Expansion: 3 x USB ports
Battery Life : 3 hrs (4 cells)
Dimension & Weight : 22.5 x 16.4 x 2.15~3.5 cm, less than 1kg
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#1
Pretty good piece of kit http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tFLJJw6WRqM however dont stress if you miss out on the price as a there are other companys that are coming in at £167, however still voted hot as cheaper so far and well spotted !.:thumbsup:
#2
a good deal but I wouldn't be surprised if these came down even more with so much new competition in the netbook market
#3
Would this be any good for wireless internet via my talk talk wireless router Huawei hg 520:?
All help appreciated, as u can tell i'am not very laptop savvy!
#4
adeo
Would this be any good for wireless internet via my talk talk wireless router Huawei hg 520:?
All help appreciated, as u can tell i'am not very laptop savvy!


I could never get mine to connect to my network (Virgin BB) so gave up...but I was feeling bolshy at the time and couldn't see why I had to 'mess' with something that was supposed to 'GO' out of the box.
First lappy I've had that wouldn't connect and I've had numerous...bit disappointed with it really.
Anyone have any feedback in that direction?
#5
#6
I've had one of these since they came out. They're great as long as you can cope with the small screen. The default OS is fine for basic browsing and emailing, but I've put Windows XP on mine, which unlocks a whole lot more functionality! There are also specialised Linux distributions if that's your cup of tea. Anyone who buys one should head straight over the community at eeeuser, it's a great place to find out the full capability of this great little laptop. Definitely hot at this price.
#7


..and a few pounds cheaper...I feel a price war coming on:whistling:
#8
twinkle
I could never get mine to connect to my network (Virgin BB) so gave up...but I was feeling bolshy at the time and couldn't see why I had to 'mess' with something that was supposed to 'GO' out of the box.
First lappy I've had that wouldn't connect and I've had numerous...bit disappointed with it really.
Anyone have any feedback in that direction?


The wireless is a little bit dodgy on Linux I've heard. Asus may have upgraded the driver, but I don't know. There is nothing wrong with the hardware, as the wireless performs superbly on Windows.
#9
WiFi on the 701 is stable with both Linux and XP. The trick is to make sure your WiFi settings are saved as the default ones for automatic connection, otherwise you have to keep re-entering them every time you switch on.

Great machine.
#10
I've had mine for 4 months and can't remember the last time I switched my desktop pc on! I had wifi connection problems with Linux, but it's the software not the hardware as since I've put XP on it there's been no problem at all, more reliable in fact than my desktop which is wired.

But I've heard the drivers have been updated and it's not a problem now. BTW, there was never any problem connecting with wired.

I'd be lost without mine, it goes everywhere with me :)
#11
Excellent price. The prices just seem to be getting lower and lower
#12
twinkle
I could never get mine to connect to my network (Virgin BB) so gave up...but I was feeling bolshy at the time and couldn't see why I had to 'mess' with something that was supposed to 'GO' out of the box.
First lappy I've had that wouldn't connect and I've had numerous...bit disappointed with it really.
Anyone have any feedback in that direction?

Any good for streaming video e.g u tube etc and also could i connect this to my hd tv for viewing all media inc. streams etc?
#13
yeah you can update to the newest v10 flashplayer and it has a VGA port.

i had some problems with WPA keys which were solved by reading at eeeuser.com
its a shame people install XP on it because its a lot faster with linux..

if it were a 9" for this price maybe i'd buy..
#14
~ £169 delivered unless there is a discount code :)
#15
edi
~ £169 delivered unless there is a discount code :)


No discount codes available, I think...

http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=172363

"* Special offer limited to 2 units per customer. Other eXpansys promotional offers do not apply (e.g. vouchers). Offer available while stocks last."
#16
Why is this hotter than this? Its cheaper!!
#17
Presumably these would be ideal for the kids to surf the net and play music?

Almost all the reviews look really positive and my eldest really could do with a new laptop but the reality is it's used for email, the net and msn and not much else so forking out hundreds for a top spec laptop would be a waste.
#18
I have one that my wife has been using for blogging, email, surfing & streaming media from my desktop PC for the last 8 months. Can highly recommend this as an affordable, light and extremely capable laptop.

Love the Xandros O/S as well - very neat and tidy, easy to use to the extreme!

Always gets the 'wow' factor double-take from passers by when I have it with me at work, or we're surfing the web in the airport departure lounge ;-)


I'm actually going to list my 701 on ebay over the weekend because we liked it so much we've upgraded to the 901 that has XP.

The 901 is worth the £300 price tag because of larger screen size & better processor, but I wouldn't waste your money on the 900 (the only one you'll find on the high street) because it has very poor battery life & processor compared to the 901 (which you will easilly find online).

However, the £150 to £300 jump is huge. so the 701 represents an incredible financial bargain when compared!
Highly recommend.
Good find...heat & rep added.
#19
meinnit;2751533
Why is this hotter than this? Its cheaper!!

Only because I posted this one a couple of hours before the post you mentioned. Indeed the other one is cheaper though
#20
Nice deal - thanks. Not much more than half the price of the 901 (which has a bigger screen, better battery life, bigger memory and SSD, plus runs a lot cooler) and a bargain at that price.
#21
rjm67
Only because I posted this one a couple of hours before the post you mentioned. Indeed the other one is cheaper though


not really.
other one is 169 actually.
he listed ex vat price
#22
twinkle
I could never get mine to connect to my network (Virgin BB) so gave up...but I was feeling bolshy at the time and couldn't see why I had to 'mess' with something that was supposed to 'GO' out of the box.
Mine works with Virgin BB without problem.

The eeepc is awesome! I bought a 701 and a USB GPS receiver and was able to use it for finding my way around while on holiday abroad. I was also able to use skype (and the build in webcam) for video calls back home.
#23
careful now! This seems to be to version without the webcam. Maybe not important for some, but best to know in advance eh?
#24
hi
iam interested in one of these but a few things are not clear
i would prefer xp to linux
how much is xp and where can i buy it ?
does it need to be special edition for this laptop ?
would it run skype ?

any help appreciated

cheers
#25
Hi just a few questions, sorry if i've missed it if they've already been answered, but anyway is it wireless? i'm just looking for a cheapish laptop for sitting in the garden with really as i have a desktop for when in the house, will the connection reach? i'm not sure of the distance between the router and the garden, it's not far anyway couple of paces away, Also i'd be using it for general web browsing and playing small games, there not huge games that don't require alot of spec, but would this laptop handle games? sorry for the questions and there probably not clear but any help would be great.
#26
i note the other one at misco includes a webcam, works out at £176 inc VAT and delivery
#27
mrpink123
The wireless is a little bit dodgy on Linux I've heard. Asus may have upgraded the driver, but I don't know. There is nothing wrong with the hardware, as the wireless performs superbly on Windows.


Never had a problem on either of mine running Xandros and XP on a number of routers, so it's neither the hardware nor the software. Maybe your router needs looking at.

Killamonjaro
Hi just a few questions, sorry if i've missed it if they've already been answered, but anyway is it wireless? i'm just looking for a cheapish laptop for sitting in the garden with really as i have a desktop for when in the house, will the connection reach?


See above. There were a number of posts just above yours about wireless connection problems.

The answer to your other question depends upon your router, does it not? After all, your laptops can only pick up the signal that your router is capable of emitting. For the record, the newer 802.11n routers are supposedly capable of reaching greater distances than 802.11b/g routers.
#28
Are these really worth it ? 4gb s.s HD ? sounds kind of useless with first thoughts
#29
If anyone fancies cutting a deal to save me listing mine on eBay I welcome PMs.
#30
Misco deal is £169.18 delivered (£163.68 after £5.50 Quidco)
Expansys deal is £168.15 delivered.

Misco is cheaper if you factor Quidco. Also I dont think Expansys one has webcam.
#31
Expansys are selling the Surf model which according to Wikipediadoesn't include a webcam and has a less powerful battery.
#32
Few weeks ago I was thinking whats the point of getting these laptops if you can get a normal size laptop with similar price and better specs but now the prices are down :)
#33
i dont think u can post this but there is a £10 expansys voucher available, if i say how to get i think this post will be removed so maybe if you just google

expansys £10 voucher modaco fill in the form below

u might find it for yourself:whistling:
#34
9w43
Few weeks ago I was thinking whats the point of getting these laptops if you can get a normal size laptop with similar price and better specs but now the prices are down :)


The main attraction for a lot of people is the size. I've got a perfectly good laptop already, but the beauty of these little things is that they're small and light enough to take away on holiday, leave in the hotel safe, or even carry around with you.
banned#35
NikkJ
WiFi on the 701 is stable with both Linux and XP.


pandapops
I had wifi connection problems with Linux, but it's the software not the hardware as since I've put XP on it there's been no problem at all.


I have both the 701 and 900 and have experienced wireless problems on both, they're probably using identical wireless adapters so that would come as no surprise really.

Numerous people have noticed that sometimes the CPU usage will spike and the EEE will become sluggish while internet connectivity will be lost, there is no doubt that the WiFi is causing this as once you disable it (hotkey) all symptoms vanish (software or hardware though I have no idea).

RyCha
The 901 is worth the £300 price tag because of larger screen size & better processor, but I wouldn't waste your money on the 900 (the only one you'll find on the high street) because it has very poor battery life & processor compared to the 901 (which you will easilly find online).


The 900 has the same CPU (Celeron 900 MHz) as the 701 but it isn't underclocked out of the box (630 MHz) so if anything it's in the middle when compared to the 701 and 901 with the 701 being the slowest (unless overclocked).
banned#36
Forgot this...

Smiff
its a shame people install XP on it because its a lot faster with linux..


One word, bollox. Getting XP to boot quickly / function properly is not impossible nor is it a challenge.
#37
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#38
beelzebub
The 900 has the same CPU (Celeron 900 MHz) as the 701 but it isn't underclocked out of the box (630 MHz) so if anything it's in the middle when compared to the 701 and 901 with the 701 being the slowest (unless overclocked).


If you read closely you'll note that I compared the 900 model's 900MHz processor to the 901 model's 1.6MHz Intel Atom processor....and only commented that the 900 wan't worth the money when compared to the 901.

I also said that comparing a 701 to a 900 or 901 is not a valid comparisson because of the £150 to £300 jump in price.
banned#39
RyCha
If you read closely you'll note that I compared the 900 model's 900MHz processor to the 901 model's 1.6MHz Intel Atom processor....and only commented that the 900 wan't worth the money when compared to the 901.

I also said that comparing a 701 to a 900 or 901 is not a valid comparisson because of the £150 to £300 jump in price.


I know what you said :).

I wouldn't read anything into the whole 900 MHz Celeron vs. 1.6 GHz Atom, the numbers do not accurately reflect the true improvement that the Atom delivers, so if anyone is led to believe the Atom is almost twice as fast... think again.

That said the only EEE I'd suggest that you all avoid buying is the 16GB 900, there's a good £60 gap between the 900 and 901 at the moment but as ^ pointed out the battery does let it down.. unless you find a supplier with the 5800mAH batteries that is.
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twinkle
I could never get mine to connect to my network (Virgin BB) so gave up...but I was feeling bolshy at the time and couldn't see why I had to 'mess' with something that was supposed to 'GO' out of the box.
First lappy I've had that wouldn't connect and I've had numerous...bit disappointed with it really.
Anyone have any feedback in that direction?


The only problem I had with mine is that it didn't like WPA passwords beginning with capital letters which was easy enough to diagnose and sort out. Apart from that it works flawlessly.

adeo
Any good for streaming video e.g u tube etc and also could i connect this to my hd tv for viewing all media inc. streams etc?


This will easily play youtube videos. This model can have problems going over 1280x1024 resolution but although I've never tried it I would think 1280x720 or 1366x768 should be OK.

ecmiller72
hi
iam interested in one of these but a few things are not clear
i would prefer xp to linux
how much is xp and where can i buy it ?
does it need to be special edition for this laptop ?
would it run skype ?

any help appreciated

cheers


XP is £50 and an external DVD drive is £30, most computer shops should have both. XP was designed for slower hardware than this so you don't need any special edition. Skype will run on it and in fact comes pre-installed on this linux version.

There is a version of the eee 701 with windows XP presinstalled which may be cheaper and easier.

Killamonjaro
Hi just a few questions, sorry if i've missed it if they've already been answered, but anyway is it wireless? i'm just looking for a cheapish laptop for sitting in the garden with really as i have a desktop for when in the house, will the connection reach? i'm not sure of the distance between the router and the garden, it's not far anyway couple of paces away, Also i'd be using it for general web browsing and playing small games, there not huge games that don't require alot of spec, but would this laptop handle games? sorry for the questions and there probably not clear but any help would be great.


It's wireless and it should easily cover a couple of paces.

It will handle games, if the games can be run on it's low resolution screen and it's Linux operating system. If you're talking online flash games like then there shouldn't be any problem.

Meangreenie
Are these really worth it ? 4gb s.s HD ? sounds kind of useless with first thoughts


It's not meant to be a primary computer for a multimedia lover. 4GB (about 1.8GB free) is plenty for all the applications you could want on it as well as a couple of hundred music files and enough video to drain two or three charges of the battery. It does have an SD card reader and three USB slots so you can always use them if you must have more space.


I've got one of these and apart from the screen I've found the biggest drawback to be the software. Not because it's Linux, just because it's not particulaly well done. It feels like nobody at asus actually used it. Firefox isn't set up for horizontal scrolling, the first run screens often have to be moved around so you can get to the OK button, you can't create shortcuts to new programs, one of the updates offered causes problems with another, the battery indicator isn't shown when the taskbar is hidden and so on. Most of these are very minor and some can be corrected easily but on something that's supposed to be 'easy to use' it's a shame.

Overall it's a nice thing, hardware wise the 901 is what it should have been originally but until that comes down to a lower price this is a good second place.

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