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I've had the opportunity to have a play around with one of these; and they definitely have that 'cool' factor.

They are part designed for use in education, thanks to their portability and fairly rugged design.

To all intents and purposes it is a 'PC' but it runs Linux [it has no traditional hard-drive - but a 4GB inbuilt storage card] - but this can be expanded with standard USB external hard-drives and other memory cards

The screen is small; actually smaller than it looks because speakers surround it; but it does have a standard VGA out connector. It also has quite a neat web camera built in

Anyway, Taken from the ebuyer web site:

ASUS have created the brand new Eee PC 701 4GB for total mobile internet computing. This half-UMPC, half-laptop hybrid has to be the best mobile internet revolutionary experience you will get.

Eee stands for Easy to learn, work and play, Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience. Bumps and shocks are no longer issues. With a dependable 4GB solid-state disk, you get unparalleled shock-protection and reliability.

Using a Linux-variant operating system requires only 15 seconds to boot. Microsoft die-hards should note that Windows documents are compatible with the ASUS Eee PC 4GB . The Eee PC includes the documents and the e-mails software, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track. It'll ship with Open Office, Firefox and Skype, but you can install any number of other open-source applications.

Other interesting specifications of the ASUS Eee PC 701 4GB include, Ethernet, camera and three USB ports. Additional storage space can be added by inserting a Secure Digital (SD) card (available for purchase separately).

The ASUS EEE PC 701 4GB, youre always connected with built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g that automatically detects and connects to the Internet at any hotspot, giving you with maximum flexability.

For media & entertainment on the EE PC you can enjoy music and videos with extensive support for a wide range of digital multimedia. You can even log on to Skype or other network, and you can connect with friends anywhere, anytime.

Measuring just 22.5 x 16.4 x 2.15~3.5 cm and weighing a mere 920g, the ASUS Eee PC 701 4GB is most certainly portable and is your ideal mobile companion.

Features

* Processor - Intel Celeron Mobile CPU
* Chipset Intel
* Integrated Network
* Form Factor - Notebook
* Memory (Maximum) - 512MB (512x1)DDR2
* Hard Disk - 4GB
* Monitor - 7ins (800x480)
* Sound Device - Integrated Intel High Definition Audio compliant audio chip
* Speakers - Built-in Stereo Speakers (1.5W)
* Audio Features - SoundBlaster Pro Compatible
* Wireless- IEEE 802.11g
* Modem - Intel High Definition Audio Modem Integrated
* Operation System Linux
* Camera Resolution 0.3 Megapixels
* Card reader - SD/MMC
* VGA Port - 1
* Headphone/Audio Line Out - 1 x Headphone-out jack
* Microphone In Port - 1
* RJ-45 Ports - 1 x RJ-45
* USB Ports - 3 x USB 2.0
* Software Included Open Office 2.0 Security - BIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock Kensington lock hole Trusted Platform Module
* Battery - Lithium-Ion (3Cells) 2400mAH
* Security Locking Mechanics - Kensington Lock Slot
* Dimensions - 22.5 x 16.4 x 2.15~3.5 cm
* Warranty 24 months UK warranty(6 months warranty in Battery), collect and return within UK
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#1
#2
Voted hot. Expansys have this for £239.99 + any shipping, for the black one.

This looks like a great little gadget. Wish I could afford one!
#3
#4
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108115

Beaten to it by bigup :)

We've been talking about this laptop for a little while now.
#5
#6
Whoops - didn't notice that.
I apologise as I normally do a thorough check!

Anyway - I believe this machine is great and has lots of potential for office and education. I've tested some web based e-learning stuff on it, and it works a treat - The processor is more than capable of running pretty complex solutions.

If it were just a tiny tiny bit cheaper - then it truly would represent a significant advantage over a cheap [£299] laptop
#7
piratematt
Whoops - didn't notice that.
If it were just a tiny tiny bit cheaper - then it truly would represent a significant advantage over a cheap [£299] laptop


That's the problem I have with it. In a nutshell, for a little bit extra, you can have a full blown 14" laptop.
This has potential, and I would buy one. But i'd want to install something like Ubuntu Ultimate on it, or XP, even Vista. Not some hybrid custom version of DSL.
4gb just isn't enough. Flash storage is currently in it's infant stage. Next year, i'll deffo consider one of these.
#8
4GB is more than enough for what it is designed for, a replacement for a laptop, for those who get tired of lugging around 15" laptops that weigh several kg. They are ideal for me for note taking, session reports, spreadsheets, presentations, all the office stuff plus showing photos and videos externally etc and the odd bit of music. Plus an external hard drive plus vga out means you get everything you need. People seem to miss the point about comparing this to a "full blown" laptop for £299. If you look at other UMPC models, which are about £1,000, this is a bargain. People always want more power and more storage when the majority hardly utilize more than 10% at any given time.

14" for me is not a laptop, 12" is about the maximum in an ideal world. Plus powerful PC's still struggle to run Vista so there is no chance of running it on this and little need to run XP as it will sap memory and performance.
#9
Did not vote. However when this eeePC was announced and exhibited it was US$199. Now that it is US$399 in USA and in UK at £220 (US$440) it is definitely not a great bargain as it once was. The £299 full size celeron laptop is beginning to look more attractive when you consider that the windows licence is already worth £30-£50! However it is competitive against a PDA.
#10
splender
Did not vote. However when this eeePC was announced and exhibited it was US$199. Now that it is US$399 in USA and in UK at £220 (US$440) it is definitely not a great bargain as it once was. The £299 full size celeron laptop is beginning to look more attractive when you consider that the windows licence is already worth £30-£50! However it is competitive against a PDA.


You pay extra for miniaturisation. Who wants to lug a 15" laptop around with them all the time?

$400 = £200, add VAT => £235.

The $199 version was even more cut down from this model. 2GB, no WiFi.
#11
genkgenk
4GB is more than enough for what it is designed for, a replacement for a laptop, for those who get tired of lugging around 15" laptops that weigh several kg. They are ideal for me for note taking, session reports, spreadsheets, presentations, all the office stuff plus showing photos and videos externally etc and the odd bit of music. Plus an external hard drive plus vga out means you get everything you need. People seem to miss the point about comparing this to a "full blown" laptop for £299. If you look at other UMPC models, which are about £1,000, this is a bargain. People always want more power and more storage when the majority hardly utilize more than 10% at any given time.

14" for me is not a laptop, 12" is about the maximum in an ideal world. Plus powerful PC's still struggle to run Vista so there is no chance of running it on this and little need to run XP as it will sap memory and performance.


I see your point, but given the choice i'd choose to have a 1.8" HDD than a silly little 4gb of flash. It could be better (and more competitively priced) if they had chosen HDD technology. Or, just put in 2gb of RAM and run the system off of a virtual ramdrive. Whilst flash storage is the new buzz, it is a little too expensive atm. Give it 12months, and you'll get a 16gb version for the same price IMO.
#12
That's fair enough and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. 4GB of SSD drive can be costly as I have seen 64GB SSD drives priced at ridiculous amounts. I think they added the SSD as it has no moving parts which means zero chance of the hard drive being damaged if it gets dropped or knocked hard. Plus using SSD drive means the laptop will run cooler than using HDD's and saves on weight.

Admittedly the specification and price will get better but probably not for another year or so as prices of components in the laptop have gone up sharply lately which is why it has cost more. Plus I don't really think you can fully utilize 2GB ram on this machine due to screen size and it's main purpose. Though no doubt you will get someone who will complain they can't run Crysis on Vista from it.
#13
Well they must be doing something right as they are flying off the shelves in the USA. It does what they wanted it to do and for most people, simple everyday stuff. If you need more space use SD cards 4Gb ones are £15 and 8Gb ones £34, not that expensive. Or usb sticks. Use a bluetooth usb stick and bluetooth gps box and you have satnav too.

When you look at value, this and a 8Gb sd or and ipod touch?
#14
Plus 2.5% Quidco (~£5)
banned#15
You cant run Crysis on it!:whistling:
#16
I am hopeful that the price for the eeepc will drop to £150-£170 by February 08. This will also be superceded by a bigger version that runs Windows by then.
#17
Anyone who wants XP on this might try the 'stripped to the bone' version
#18
you can run the 'stripped to the bone' version from a USB pen drive these days... that's my plan, scribbles, a tiny install with only absolutely necessary windows apps
#19
If these prove popular enough then it will only be a matter of time before there will be a load of freeware apps and accessories for them, mind you, I try not to buy version 1 of anything, version 2 always seems to have the extras you want if you get version 1 :-)
#20
I'd go for a second hand subnotebook for something like half the cost (Dell L400, Toshiba Portege) - maybe not quite as tiny (though not far off), but a lot more versatile.
#21
Link?
#22
FadeOUT
I'd go for a second hand subnotebook for something like half the cost (Dell L400, Toshiba Portege) - maybe not quite as tiny (though not far off), but a lot more versatile.


Wow, one of these for £100...can't wait to see a link...
#23
Just a quick few questions for the Uber Tech Guys, still not at that level myself ;)

1.)

Will this be able to run Linux as the main operating system, and have basic Windows XP with I.e. 6/7 bootable from a memory stick?

1.1)

What size will the memory stick need to be, and or does anyone have any links or names of what to look for.

2.)

Is it possible to run MS Word,Excel,Access either 2000/2003. That's the main purpose i would need this laptop for my university work.



Thanks,
I await the replies :D

colloq
#24
I wouldn't want to use this machine as my primary laptop if I were you, it just isn't going to be powerful enough to support all these apps and allow you do your work quickly and efficiently.

I love this machine for what it is but wouldn't replace my main machines with it.


You being a uni student, I'm assuming you're not flush with money for more than one laptop, get a decent dell.

just my 2p worth...
#25
colloq
Just a quick few questions for the Uber Tech Guys, still not at that level myself ;)

1.)

Will this be able to run Linux as the main operating system, and have basic Windows XP with I.e. 6/7 bootable from a memory stick?

1.1)

What size will the memory stick need to be, and or does anyone have any links or names of what to look for.

2.)

Is it possible to run MS Word,Excel,Access either 2000/2003. That's the main purpose i would need this laptop for my university work.



Thanks,
I await the replies :D

colloq


I'm not being funny, but why would you need to? You can run a light version of XP with IE6 on a memory stick but i'm not sure if this 'laptop' will be able to boot from USB...

Why not just linux with open office?
#26
I've read a few reviews from other sites, and apparently this has dual boot.
The Linux Open Office that comes with it, does this use standard MS Files/suites
I will definately need a Word Processor(pref. word), Access and Excel are neccessary as that's what my current modules are around.
#27
would anybody know if it's possible to have the MS office package,

or just Word,Access and Excel running on the EEEPC before i go ahead and purchase it,


Thanks,
#28
There isn't really a need to run MS Office on it. It runs Open Office which will open and save in MS formats just fine. I'd imagine all the bloatware in the MS office package would make it run unbearably slow.
#29


Ha. In stock in 3 days, then 5-7 days then another 3 days. Do not believe any info regarding delivery on the BT shop/Dabs sites. I speak from experience. For a £1 more Ebuyer have stock.
#30
Received mine about an hour ago. As soon as you open the box, it really is just "wow" factor. It's really easy to type with, really well built and weighs next to nothing.
#31
I've had one of these for about a week now, they are absolutly brilliant! Its actually portable! Perfect for the internet and E-mails, its a brilliant second machine.
#32
For approximately the same weight, you can get a Panasonic Toughbook that is a 'proper' PC. However, it costs roughly 6 times as much.

Alternatively, for not much more money, you can get a laptop that does everything, but weighs roughly 4 - 6 times as much.

For this weight and money, the EEE PC is the only show in town.
#33
Well, I'm selling a toughbook for cheap in the FS/FT threads:giggle:
#34
genkgenk
Received mine about an hour ago. As soon as you open the box, it really is just "wow" factor. It's really easy to type with, really well built and weighs next to nothing.


How do you find the 800x480 resolution screen?

To the other guy wittering on about Excel and Access (what sort of university course is this?! that's ECDL or GCSE IT stuff surely! And a CS course teaching VBA is not deserving of being called a CS course). This is not the laptop for you. Windows XP + Office 2003 (even with both stripped down) would eat up a lot of the available storage, if not more. The screen would be too small as well. Far better to get a proper laptop, or a SFF computer + monitor.
#35
Really tempted to get one of these... but it seems an 8Gb version is coming soon (end of November according to this site?)

edit: will probably regret this, but I've placed an order with eBuyer. I've been researching these devices for the past coupla days and I'm just too eager to have one!
#36
JeeBeePSB
How do you find the 800x480 resolution screen?

To the other guy wittering on about Excel and Access (what sort of university course is this?! that's ECDL or GCSE IT stuff surely! And a CS course teaching VBA is not deserving of being called a CS course). This is not the laptop for you. Windows XP + Office 2003 (even with both stripped down) would eat up a lot of the available storage, if not more. The screen would be too small as well. Far better to get a proper laptop, or a SFF computer + monitor.


Its a Bsc Degree Computer Studies,
in particular the access side of things is for Creating Databases/Normalisation/Advanced Queries/SQL

the excel side haven't started yet, but will be around spreadsheets with validation/conditional formatting etc

and word obv. for documenting lecture/seminar notes, as well as typing reports essay's etc.
#37
colloq
Its a Bsc Degree Computer Studies,
in particular the access side of things is for Creating Databases/Normalisation/Advanced Queries/SQL

the excel side haven't started yet, but will be around spreadsheets with validation/conditional formatting etc

and word obv. for documenting lecture/seminar notes, as well as typing reports essay's etc.


Do they force you to use Access for a database course? Not being funny here, but when you can get free databases such as Oracle XE, PostgreSQL or MySQL, each of which is a "proper" database, with tools like SQL Developer or PgAdmin available if you want a GUI front end, relying on a toy application like Access to teach core database concepts seems rather backwards to me. I'm afraid it would lead to people associating Access with "database that's actually good for a real project"... have a word with your tutor perhaps?

You commit lecture notes to memory better if you make handwritten notes apparently. You're meant to take notes after the lecture, then re-write them a week later, read them every so often, then make extra notes again during revision and you should have everything committed to memory without too much hassle or need to cram. Of course, I doubt many people redo notes ever :)
#38
Computer Studies != Computer Science, JeeBeePSB. I would agree that this would not be the laptop to do such a course on though. This thing would be perfect for a Comp Sci course based around Unix... a nice cheap bash shell in your bag : )
#39
Permit me to ask a dumb question ........

How can I connect the EEE to the internet?

At home we got internet with a NetgearDG834G modem/router thing with WG111v2 USB adaptors to receive the signal.

With my other PC's being Windows I cannot simply just plug in the WG111v2 receiver into the EEE can I? I mean the software is on a CD rom to start etc?

I'd love to get one o' these .......... how do I get on the net tho:?:
#40
bookshifter
Permit me to ask a dumb question ........

How can I connect the EEE to the internet?

At home we got internet with a NetgearDG834G modem/router thing with WG111v2 USB adaptors to receive the signal.

With my other PC's being Windows I cannot simply just plug in the WG111v2 receiver into the EEE can I? I mean the software is on a CD rom to start etc?

I'd love to get one o' these .......... how do I get on the net tho:?:


Wireless access is already built in (the equivalent of having a wg111v2 inside the machine already).

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