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Asus EEEPC 901 Netbook (Windows XP) delivered for £235 @ ebuyer £235.85

£235.85 @ Ebuyer
This price is in black. The white is also available for a fiver more. 8.9 inch screen 12Gb SSD drive 1 gig memory wireless, bluetooth 1.1kg weight Approx 6-7 hrs battery life Certainly the … Read More
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8y, 3m agoFound 8 years, 3 months ago
This price is in black. The white is also available for a fiver more.

8.9 inch screen
12Gb SSD drive
1 gig memory
wireless, bluetooth
1.1kg weight
Approx 6-7 hrs battery life

Certainly the lowest price I can find at the moment. Next cheapest is £245 at PC World.
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#1
Why are people rating this cold? This was the best price I could find by far...
#2
The Linux version has 20GB for only a few pounds more:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146032
#3
I'm looking to buy one of these, and I assume with all the cold votes that it can be had cheaper?

If so, I'd love someone to post where?

I know the linux version is only a few £ more, but I don't want linux and not everyone has the technical know how to install xp on it, buying the xp version saves hassle.
#4
Wotan
I'm looking to buy one of these, and I assume with all the cold votes that it can be had cheaper?

If so, I'd love someone to post where?

I know the linux version is only a few £ more, but I don't want linux and not everyone has the technical know how to install xp on it, buying the xp version saves hassle.


I wouldn't get the linux version......bouoght one nearly a week ago and it still hasn't finished down loading the updates......what a load of tosh!!
don't have that problem with xp
!!
:p
#5
I wouldnt bother with this model i bought x2 904HD for £244 each from PC World much better spec with a 80gb hard drive and runs Windows XP so can be used as a normal lappy not just a webbook, the Linux running models are **** from my experience very limited to what you can do also cannot use mobile broadband dongles with them so have to be somewhere where there is a connection...... Morphias
#6
I thought about the 80gig model but I'd rather have the SSD than the HD. Since it'll spend time getting bumped about in my bag there's less chance of damage with a SSD. If I need more space, I can easily get a SD card for it, but I think 12gig is plenty for web browsing and word processing whilst on the move. I have a desktop for everything else.

Plus the HD version has less battery life and a 900mhz celeron processor, as opposed this which has the intel atom (1.6ghz).
#7
The Linux version is certainly more capable. I have found my similar 701 able to do anything I need and my 3G dongle works without a hitch. There is lots of free help available if Linux is new to you and there is no reason to be put off by the FUD that is widely propagated. There is lots of useful info here
http://www.eeeuser.com/
:¬}
#8
morphias
I wouldnt bother with this model i bought x2 904HD for £244 each from PC World much better spec with a 80gb hard drive and runs Windows XP so can be used as a normal lappy not just a webbook, the Linux running models are **** from my experience very limited to what you can do also cannot use mobile broadband dongles with them so have to be somewhere where there is a connection...... Morphias

Crud - I posted on this very forum how to get a ZTE modem working - Hauwei (or whatever the spelling) run staight out of the box I hear.
#9
morphias
I wouldnt bother with this model i bought x2 904HD for £244 each from PC World much better spec with a 80gb hard drive and runs Windows XP so can be used as a normal lappy not just a webbook, the Linux running models are **** from my experience very limited to what you can do also cannot use mobile broadband dongles with them so have to be somewhere where there is a connection...... Morphias


They're all pretty good I think. I prefer this model because it has a longer battery life. Personally, I still can't decide whether to buy the 901 or the Samsung NC10. It's kind of hard to justify the extra cost of the NC10 just for a nicer keyboard, and I'm worried about the extra weight/bulk too.
#10
I wouldnt bother with this model i bought x2 904HD


Personally I would go with this one. The battery life and SSD are far better for being on the move all the time.
#11
still too expensive for me :(
#12
best price ive seen for this :thumbsup: good find. i have a feeling its gonna be cheaper pretty soon.
#13
I'm glad I went with the 901 instead of the 904 - battery life is great on the 901 and I use it all the time on the go. I got used to the keypad quickly, it's fine to type on; a larger keypad might be easier short term to adapt to but I don't think the bigger machines are as readily portable.

I'd much rather have the good battery than a bigger harddrive, Asus give 20gb online storage space but I haven't needed it. This is a great price.
#14
This is a SSD which should be purchased only for limited usage.
Fujitsu-Siemens 3520 is available from empiredirect at £229 with XP and 60gb hard disk
Toshiba NB100 is £266 with XP and 120gb hard disk from dabs.com or staples shops

Not disuading anyone wanting this, Asus are the best supported by online community and also 900 model is lighter. But remember that 900HA and 900HD are becoming available.

rgds
#15
Linux versions had issues immediately with a scanner I had - lots of positives for Linux but when it comes to drivers it still ends up lacking.
banned#16
I bought the 901 back in August when they came out in the UK, and am glad I did. I regularly get 6.5 hours battery time, that is leaving on wi-fi and watching films on it - 8GB SD cards are cheap enough to carry four or five around in my bag to back up photos and store films to watch. The whole point of a netbook to me is that it is light, small, and has decent battery life. Get the HD model with more storage space, and you lose the battery life. I'm glad I chose the long life model.
#17
colonel
This is a SSD which should be purchased only for limited usage.
Fujitsu-Siemens 3520 is available from empiredirect at £229 with XP and 60gb hard disk
Toshiba NB100 is £266 with XP and 120gb hard disk from dabs.com or staples shops

Not disuading anyone wanting this, Asus are the best supported by online community and also 900 model is lighter. But remember that 900HA and 900HD are becoming available.

rgds



Limited usage - utter tosh. So long as you don't use virtual memory then it'll last the lifetime of the unit. The SSD should last as long as a regular HDD, and will be far more resilient when lugging it around than an HDD.

As for the 900 model - it uses the older Celeron 900 chip, and has battery issues. You'll certainly not be running that model for 6.5 hours, that's for sure.

Don't listen. The 901 is a fantastic model, with great performance and battery life. The only downside of this unit is the smaller keyboard. Personally, I can use it fine, but if you have chubby fingers you might want to consider one of the alternatives.
banned#18
thekanester
Personally, I can use it fine, but if you have chubby fingers you might want to consider one of the alternatives.


I've got pretty large fingers, but soon got used to typing on the 901. I tend to type in a different way on the smaller keyboard, using two fingers per hand rather than all five. I cannot type as fast that way, but can still manage to type multi-page documents on it adequately.
#19
thekanester
Limited usage - utter tosh. So long as you don't use virtual memory then it'll last the lifetime of the unit. The SSD should last as long as a regular HDD, and will be far more resilient when lugging it around than an HDD.

As for the 900 model - it uses the older Celeron 900 chip, and has battery issues. You'll certainly not be running that model for 6.5 hours, that's for sure.

Don't listen. The 901 is a fantastic model, with great performance and battery life. The only downside of this unit is the smaller keyboard. Personally, I can use it fine, but if you have chubby fingers you might want to consider one of the alternatives.


A SSD is extremely limited.
1. you can't store any useful amounts of photos or videos, for example as a holiday backup.
2. its slower then a HDD (yes it is, loads of testing)
3. its lifespan is only guaranteed if you don't install and reinstall alot. which is why you can't have fun mucking around with different OSes
4. No swap file can be used in XP or linux due to SSD corruption - this slows down system and ensures that some programs can not work.

A SSD is perfectly usable and I have had many SSD devices. But it is only good for browing or editing or writing documents. A HDD is a whole world better.
banned#20
colonel


A SSD is perfectly usable and I have had many SSD devices. But it is only good for browing or editing or writing documents. A HDD is a whole world better.


So what is the point of a netbook?
#21
The SSDs that are put into netbooks are slower than traditional drives, no question but that's only because they're cheap. There are SSDs out there that are far quicker than the fastest 3.5" drives available, but they're far too expensive for the netbook market.

It's not all bad though, booting will be far quicker and that's been shown many times already.
#22
mabccc
So what is the point of a netbook?


???
most netbooks have HDD
inc. the most popular - acer 150
#23
morphias
the Linux running models are **** from my experience very limited to what you can do


Sorry but this is incorrect. If you boot into the full desktop mode on an EEE PC (which has a traditional Windows style interface) you can install new software and generally use it as a normal PC to your hearts content. Don't confuse your lack of experience with Linux as an indication that it can't do things.
#24
Bear in mind people,

The big electronics show starts this week in Las Vegas. Just about every PC maker in the world is going to be announcing new netbooks there. I think it would be foolish not to wait until the end of the week to see what is coming out. If nothing else it might reduce prices on the current models.
#25
Hey chaps.

What should I upgrade the 512mb to? Is 1GB the max?

Where would you guys recommend purchasing the memory?

Oh - and does upgrading still void the Acer warranty?
#26
belovedmonster
Bear in mind people,

The big electronics show starts this week in Las Vegas. Just about every PC maker in the world is going to be announcing new netbooks there. I think it would be foolish not to wait until the end of the week to see what is coming out. If nothing else it might reduce prices on the current models.


excellent point

http://www.cesweb.org/
#27
caligari
Hey chaps.

What should I upgrade the 512mb to? Is 1GB the max?

Where would you guys recommend purchasing the memory?

Oh - and does upgrading still void the Acer warranty?


I think this can take 2gb

look at:
forum.eeeusers.org
answers to your questions
#28
colonel
A SSD is extremely limited.
1. you can't store any useful amounts of photos or videos, for example as a holiday backup.
2. its slower then a HDD (yes it is, loads of testing)
3. its lifespan is only guaranteed if you don't install and reinstall alot. which is why you can't have fun mucking around with different OSes
4. No swap file can be used in XP or linux due to SSD corruption - this slows down system and ensures that some programs can not work.

A SSD is perfectly usable and I have had many SSD devices. But it is only good for browing or editing or writing documents. A HDD is a whole world better.


I apologise, I think I rather got the wrong end of the stick. I thought you were dragging out the hoary 'SSDs have limited write-cycles' argument.

In that case, I pretty much agree with you on most points. For my own use, I prefer SSD over HDD as it's more durable. I can have the netbook in a bag, downloading torrents all day without fear that it'll get knocked.

I tend to store all my photographs and movies etc, on my iPod which I plug in, when deployed and other stuff I hold on the 16GB SD card.

But yes, if you want a proper laptop feel and don't want to be moving it around alot when it's switched on then a large HD is certainly the way to go.
#29
just-me
The Linux version has 20GB for only a few pounds more:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146032


Yes, but it's on-board SSD is slower if I remember correctly...so I would recommend that you buy the XP version then simply install eee-Ubuntu, or you will be left to upgrade the stock SSD in the future anyway.
#30
The 901 is similar to the original 900 and 701 in that there's a primary 4gb (fast) SSD and a second (slow) SSD which is either 8gb or 16gb depending on which model you buy (XP/Linux).
suspended#31
Can someone rub their eyes and take a look at the product price on Ebuyers site for me.....me thinks Ebuyer have just been a bit bloody cheeky......Now says:

Was £344.48
Save £108.63
Now £235.85 inc vat

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not the first time they have done this!!! I'm sure it's against the law to show an inflated 'Was' price when just a few minutes ago that 'Was' price WAS £299.99!!!!!!!! grrrrrrrrr

EDIT - they also have inflated the 20GB one too!!! I was just about to buy just over £100 worth of hardware from them....you know something.....just for that I am going to Scan!!! Will cost me more.....they can kiss my butt!!!
#32
caligari
Hey chaps.

What should I upgrade the 512mb to? Is 1GB the max?

Where would you guys recommend purchasing the memory?

Oh - and does upgrading still void the Acer warranty?


This comes with 1GB. From what I've heard, you CAN upgrade to 2GB but you won't notice any increase in performance. 1GB of memory should be more than enough for XP, the latest Ubuntu, or Windows 7. Vista, on the other hand... :whistling:
#33
nice price, have had my 20gb 901 6 months now, its great, used linux for a week or 2 and XP pro'd it up, got 2gb ram in it as that was only a few £s

To sum it up for me, its the best on the market, size and battery life are my winners
#34
I have a SSD Acer 110 and running XP is painfully slow without hacking it. SSD is fast reading, but the writing is S...L...o...w. If I had the option, I'd personally go for the HD version next time. If you intend on using linux, SSD is fine. Didnt have any issues with it when running its native linux. Also, if you carrying it and banging it around then SSD is the safer option as you could damage the standard HD when knocking it.

For those wanting to run XP on a SSD netbook, would recommend using EWF trick. Because XP is constantly writing to the disk pointlessly, it runs really slowly on a SSD netbook. Doing the EWF trick writes changes to memory, then you can commit them if you actually want to save the changes. If I hadnt have found this trick, I was going to sell it to get rid of it (its that bad). Word used to be painful to use with its auto-save, spell checker...etc. Now it opens in less than 2 seconds and runs like lightning. EWF runs better with 1GB+ though. You MUST redirect your temp and myDocuments...etc for this to work well. Also extend the life of your SSD as it hardly writes to it with EWF.

Link here:
http://aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=833&hilit=EWF&sid=d0072ed021e181caf5a6a2634f4b510b

On the acer forum, but this will work in any xp machine/netbook. Make sure you read the whole forum as the 1st blokes reg file has a minor error.

Sin
#35
With an 12Gb SSD for storage and using something like portableapps for the basic stuff like openoffice, firefox, thunderbird etc then I don't see that this is something that a 8Gb SD card or USB stick couldn't sort, and would prefer a SSD with great battery life than a small HDD
#36
Personally I would get the refurbished MSI Wind clone - the Advent 4211 from PC World for £220 + quidco....

10" screen, 80GB HDD but for this particular make / model it seems like a good price.
#37
Sin_of_nature


For those wanting to run XP on a SSD netbook, would recommend using EWF trick.



EWF trick??? never heard of it, got a link to info and a how to guide etc??:thumbsup:
#38
Hello there

Tesco direct have the 80gb version with XP for 238 delivered, I got one at Christmas.
#39
tharris
This comes with 1GB. From what I've heard, you CAN upgrade to 2GB but you won't notice any increase in performance. 1GB of memory should be more than enough for XP, the latest Ubuntu, or Windows 7. Vista, on the other hand... :whistling:


Not with Acers. The 1GB comprises 512MB onboard memory soldered onto the motherboard + a 512MB stick of ram in the spare slot. Total max you can upgrade to is 1.5GB, since the bios still does not allow you to disable the onboard ram and the max supported by the chipset is 2GB. Stick a 2GB module in there and it won't boot. You'll end up chucking the 512MB ram stick since hardly anybody is buying these that small a size any more.
#40
fil
EWF trick??? never heard of it, got a link to info and a how to guide etc??:thumbsup:

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