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ASUS Eee PC 701 Surf White £117.99 + Del at Expansys (11am to 4pm 26th Sept only)

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ASUS Eee PC 701 Surf White 512MB, 4GB, Linux, White UMPC Friday - price drop offer on the 26th September 2008 Special offer price for eXpansys email subscribers - this offer will save you £38 -…
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ASUS Eee PC 701 Surf White
512MB, 4GB, Linux, White

UMPC Friday - price drop offer on the 26th September 2008

Special offer price for eXpansys email subscribers - this offer will save you £38 - but please note that this price drop by £38 from £155.99 to £117.99 inc VAT will only be active between 11am and 4pm UK time on Friday the 26th of September*. Normal pricing will resume at 4pm.

* Limited to 2 units per customer. Other eXpansys special offers like vouchers cannot be used with this offer. Available while stocks last.
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#1
Damn thats cheap! Still would not buy one though, as screen is too small for me.
#2
Yeah the screen is small but is the perfect size for what it is designed for! Bargain...
#3
Excellent deal, especially considering this is the 4G and not the 2G version.

I find the screen size on mine adaquate, bigger would be nicer of course but you can't get bigger at this price.
#4
Can't go wrong at this price! Delivery is £6.95

They also have the black on offer for £139.99 during the same hours tomorrow...

http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=172648&partner=uknews
#5
bobdylan
Yeah the screen is small but is the perfect size for what it is designed for! Bargain...


Possible a sub-sub-notebook? :p

to fit nicely alongside my aspire one!!!!!
#6
This is to be expected as Asus are relaunching the 701 shortly with updated spec.
#7
bargin!
#8
Dont forget my £10 off voucher that i have just added to the deal!!

EDIT: Scrap that... says you cant use vouchers!
#9
Excellent price.

I'd recommend that anyone who hasn't seen this in the flesh go down to their local PC World to try it out first though: I just found it way too small to type anything but a SMS length message on.
#10
gary_rip
Dont forget my £10 off voucher that i have just added to the deal!!

You can't use any vouchers with this promotion. It states this in the description. Voucher can't be applied to it and even if it can be applied people have reported that they still charge the extra £10.
#11
Surely you can't use a voucher?
"Other eXpansys special offers like vouchers cannot be used with this offer. Available while stocks last."
#12
bobdylan
Yeah the screen is small but is the perfect size for what it is designed for! Bargain...


Absolutley not!!

This is the perfect size for what fits into the Eee 901...that manages to fit a much better processor, much larger screen and much more HD space into the same form factor.

Granted this is **a lot cheaper**, but it's not incredibly nice to 'live with'. I had a 701 4G model and can testify to that first hand, traded up to a 901 7 months after buying it.

I love the Eee range, really nice bits of kit and ultra portable, but they definitely need the 8.9" screen you get with the 900 series.
#13
Is it simple to sling windows on it ?
#14
So am I right, no Webcam?
1 Like #15
webkami
So am I right, no Webcam?


Yeah, the surf doesn't have one. :-(
1 Like #16
webkami
So am I right, no Webcam?


I believe so, the Suf version does not have a webcam and is the same as the 700 Surf except it has 4GB SSD storage instead of the 2GB the 700 has.
I've just ordered the Acer Aspire for £179.00 from Comet with free delivery - I personally think it's a better deal and worth the extra £50-or-so due to the 1.6GHz processor, 8GB storage and 8.9" screen.
Just my opinion though, but this is very cheap and if it is what you're after it's a fantastic price!

Mark
#17
great price
#18
nice find been looking to find a notebook for my son for christmas,
he only wants it to play cartoon network games should keep him happy.
#19
leighonigar
Yeah, the surf doesn't have one. :-(


Cheers

mark_dumpleton
I believe so, the Suf version does not have a webcam and is the same as the 700 Surf except it has 4GB SSD storage instead of the 2GB the 700 has.
I've just ordered the Acer Aspire for £179.00 from Comet with free delivery - I personally think it's a better deal and worth the extra £50-or-so due to the 1.6GHz processor, 8GB storage and 8.9" screen.
Just my opinion though, but this is very cheap and if it is what you're after it's a fantastic price!

Mark


Thanks you indeed. Have rep guys.
I do agree 8.9 is better than 7" (painfully small) and also webcam is main reason I want it for.
#20
These do have a VGA port so you can always hook it up to your 32" LCD (@home).
#21
Guys... regards the Webcam, are you sure this model does not have one ? Only If you enlarge the Expansys image it clearly shows one :?
#22
mark_dumpleton
I believe so, the Suf version does not have a webcam and is the same as the 700 Surf except it has 4GB SSD storage instead of the 2GB the 700 has.
I've just ordered the Acer Aspire for £179.00 from Comet with free delivery - I personally think it's a better deal and worth the extra £50-or-so due to the 1.6GHz processor, 8GB storage and 8.9" screen.
Just my opinion though, but this is very cheap and if it is what you're after it's a fantastic price!

Mark


It's certainly worth its extra money. The Aspire has a nicer screen and Linpus looks better than Xandros from what I have seen. Just bear in mind that the 8GB storage on the Acer is really slow compared with the relatively nippy 4GB on the Asus. An nlited XP Pro SP2 runs well with room to spare on the 701, but I cannot imagine ever using it on the Acer 110.

Still waiting for the 6 cell MSI Wind, before I ditch my 701s.
#23
spraint
It's certainly worth its extra money. The Aspire has a nicer screen and Linpus looks better than Xandros from what I have seen. Just bear in mind that the 8GB storage on the Acer is really slow compared with the relatively nippy 4GB on the Asus. An nlited XP Pro SP2 runs well with room to spare on the 701, but I cannot imagine ever using it on the Acer 110.

Still waiting for the 6 cell MSI Wind, before I ditch my 701s.


Depends which version of the SSD you get. But the Acer has 2x SD card slots so a 8GB card or even 16GB SD card (£20.99 from my memory will exapand the internal size to 24GB or 16GB.)
#24
Meangreenie
Is it simple to sling windows on it ?


It even comes with instructions on how to do so in the manual, although there's no CD drive of course so you'll need an external one or put windows on a USB key.

mark_dumpleton
I believe so, the Suf version does not have a webcam and is the same as the 700 Surf except it has 4GB SSD storage instead of the 2GB the 700 has.
I've just ordered the Acer Aspire for £179.00 from Comet with free delivery - I personally think it's a better deal and worth the extra £50-or-so due to the 1.6GHz processor, 8GB storage and 8.9" screen.
Just my opinion though, but this is very cheap and if it is what you're after it's a fantastic price!

Mark


The 1.6Ghz in the Acer is an Atom, while this is a Pentium M celeron so they're different processors. The performance is infact much the same despite the differences in clockspeeds with the atom being ahead on some things and this being ahead on others so there's no real advantage there.

As mentioned above the acer's 8GB SSD is rather slow, and while the screen is higher resolution it's also glossy so will be much more reflective than the eee's matt screen.

The speakers are also much better on the eee.

The higher resolution screen makes the acer worth looking at, but it's not without it's own flaws.

abomination
These do have a VGA port so you can always hook it up to your 32" LCD (@home).


Yes, but be aware that the port only seems to output a maximum of 1280x1024 on this model unless you overclock it, it will be fine for the majority of 32" TVs as they have a 1366x768 resolution which it will handle but you won't get Full HD without some tinkering (as it won't play full HD videos and the interface is designed for low resolution you probably won't miss it much though).
#25
EndlessWaves
Yes, but be aware that the port only seems to output a maximum of 1280x1024 on this model unless you overclock it, it will be fine for the majority of 32" TVs as they have a 1366x768 resolution which it will handle but you won't get Full HD without some tinkering (as it won't play full HD videos and the interface is designed for low resolution you probably won't miss it much though).


I should point out that I almost always use XP on the 701 so I can't comment on how well Linux handles these resolutions.
#26
Meangreenie
Is it simple to sling windows on it ?


Possible, but certainly not simple. With only 2GB of drive space it'd have to be a seriously cut-down version....in which case I don't see the point.

Saying that, search google for "ubuntu eee" it's a new version specifically for the eee with all the drivers etc and I've heard excellent feedback from it already.
#27
zermattbusby
Guys... regards the Webcam, are you sure this model does not have one ? Only If you enlarge the Expansys image it clearly shows one :?


If you check out http://event.asus.com/eeepc/microsites/en/index.htm
You can click 'specifications' in the bottom right hand corner when the page loads, and see the 4GB Surf (same as the 701 Surf, they have removed the numbers such as 701 lately and replaced them with the SSD storage size of the unit instead for it to be known by) you will see it does not have a webcam built in.

HTH
Mark
#28
re:

Special offer price for eXpansys email subscribers

Do I need to subscribe to the email for this? or is it open to all?
If I do, how? I couldn't find a link for it... maybe I'm blind!

(EDIT: is it just the "Product Alerts? - or the "UK newsletter"? - I've gone for both anyway!)

some useful info here about different Eee PC models:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC
#29
Is this a UK spec. EEE PC ?

A mate purchased one of the Expansys Friday specials a couple of weeks back. He returned it when he found that it was a US model, with the US power adapter (+UK converter), and with a US keyboard.

Caveat emptor.

Ralph
#30
Ahhh its driving me mad !!! All of these appeal to me, so which ones the best VFM ?

Asus 701 512MB 4GB Linux £125.00
AAO 512MB 8GB Linux £179.00
AAO 1 GB 120GB Linux £225.00
AAO 1GB 120GB WXP ££257.00.
#31
My personal preference would be for the AAO 1GB 120GB linux version, although the windows one might appeal depending on your usage. The screen and keyboard are bigger and it has a webcam. You can also use the big HDD to store all your music or whatever. I liked the acer when I looked at it, only the trackpad buttons irritated me.

That said, I'm going to try and get one of these EEEs as I have another laptop (12" iBook G4) which I can use most of the time and this EEE will do what I want it to. I can imagine the screen and keyboard getting old very quickly - I wasn't tempted at £160.
#32
leighonigar
My personal preference would be for the AAO 1GB 120GB linux version, although the windows one might appeal depending on your usage. The screen and keyboard are bigger and it has a webcam. You can also use the big HDD to store all your music or whatever. I liked the acer when I looked at it, only the trackpad buttons irritated me.

That said, I'm going to try and get one of these EEEs as I have another laptop (12" iBook G4) which I can use most of the time and this EEE will do what I want it to. I can imagine the screen and keyboard getting old very quickly - I wasn't tempted at £160.


Thanks for that Leighonigar makes a lot of sense. I think I to will go with the 701 also, then maybe update it in the new year when prices and specs have settled down.
#33
i saw the acer aspire one at pc world and it looks alot better than the asus 701. only 45 pounds more but you get a bigger screen. i was going to go for the asus but the screen size put me off.
#34
I thought I should post in here as It may help a few people :)

Today I received my 701, now I used to use a fairly powerful desktop system but as I don't really play PC games anymore I figured a laptop would be better for me.

So after looking around at lots of different ones, I went for the 701, and I have to say it is brilliant.

Sure the screen is small, but it's crystal clear, now how I have mine set up is by using a Vga cable, which means my laptop is running through my monitor, well, my lcd tv at 1024 x 768 resolution, have my wireless keyboard and mouse plugged in aswell, so it's basically doing everything my desktop did, but I can just unplug it all and take it where I want.

It's a great little machine so don't be afraid to give it a try.
#35
bobdylan
Yeah the screen is small but is the perfect size for what it is designed for!


Actually I'd say thats not true. These machines are designed primarily for web browsing on the go and the screen is too small to display webpages without scrolling side to side. I'd say it fails at the one thing its designed for!

The 8.9 is the sweet spot for web browsing (the 10incher is the sweet spot for keyboard comfort).
#36
belovedmonster
Actually I'd say thats not true. These machines are designed primarily for web browsing on the go and the screen is too small to display webpages without scrolling side to side. I'd say it fails at the one thing its designed for!

The 8.9 is the sweet spot for web browsing (the 10incher is the sweet spot for keyboard comfort).


That is not the case if you install Opera on the 701 rather than the pre-installed Firefox.
No need for scrolling at all.
#37
zermattbusby
Ahhh its driving me mad !!! All of these appeal to me, so which ones the best VFM ?

Asus 701 512MB 4GB Linux £125.00
AAO 512MB 8GB Linux £179.00
AAO 1 GB 120GB Linux £225.00
AAO 1GB 120GB WXP ££257.00.


Well first you need to decide which machine's set of flaws you can live with. Will the eee's lowish resolution and average keyboard bother you, or will the acer's glossy screen and poor speakers interfere with your intended use?

If you can live with both sets of flaws then at this price I'd say the eee 701 was the better value for money.

belovedmonster
Actually I'd say thats not true. These machines are designed primarily for web browsing on the go and the screen is too small to display webpages without scrolling side to side. I'd say it fails at the one thing its designed for!


Only on the occasional webpage though, most webpages work fine at that resolution (including HotUKdeals).
#38
Thanks EndlessWaves :thumbsup:
#39
Can I ask please (I am not very 'techy'), I am able to use a 3 mobile broadband dongle with this? Not too sure as it is linux.... Thanks..
#40
daz1969
Can I ask please (I am not very 'techy'), I am able to use a 3 mobile broadband dongle with this? Not too sure as it is linux.... Thanks..

I think the Huawei E220 USB dongle modem is compatible without the need to install drivers for it.

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