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Asus PC900 XP - Only £139 + P&P @ Laptops Direct less quidco £146.97

£146.97 @ Laptops Direct
Fantastic deal at this price. Quidco is 2%. P&P is £9.95 This is an A1 refurbished laptop which means 14 day return or new (usually overstock). full 1 year guarantee. I have bought refurb before from… Read More
colonel Avatar
7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
Fantastic deal at this price. Quidco is 2%. P&P is £9.95
This is an A1 refurbished laptop which means 14 day return or new (usually overstock). full 1 year guarantee. I have bought refurb before from latopsdirect and it was basically new.

The PC900 is now a well know quantity and having XP install off the bat is a great benefit (see forum.eeeuser.com for more details).
SSD storage is two combined to give 12gb.

Only 0.92kg. Also power supply is tiny, so total weight for carrying with power supply is very low.

Great for on-the-go web-browsing with beautiful 9" screen and usable keyboard.
Known issues - 900mhz celeron not as good as atom with battery life but roughly the same performance (new bioses are much improved). Battery life with supplied battery not great.

I think they have around 15 in stock.

I bought one and then bought 2gb RAM upgrade (£16) and 64gb pata ssd (£94) from ebuyer which gives me a light weight solution for web-browsing at work, carrying around my photo collection and being able to back-up on the go.

Specs as follows:

# Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHz processor
# Integrated Intel GMA 900 GPU
# 12GB of Flash-based storage (4GB onboard SSD and 8GB PCI-E mini card SSD)
# 1GB of DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
# Windows XP operating system
# 8.9-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution
# Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA monitor out, headphone jack, microphone input, SD card reader (SDHC compatible), Kensington lock slot, Ethernet 10/100
# Webcam (1.3 MP)
# Wireless: 802.11b/g Atheros
# Input: Keyboard and Multi-touch touchpad
# Dimensions: 22.5cm(W) x 17cm(D) x 2cm~3.4cm(H)
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#1
Beware - it comes with the rubbish Celeron CPU as a pose to the Atom.
#2
Jakg
Beware - it comes with the rubbish Celeron CPU as a pose to the Atom.


Works great for me at this price !
#3
I like the fact it comes with a "useable keyboard". That will help.
#4
GRADE A1 not NEW, it's probably reburish
#5
ro888
GRADE A1 not NEW, it's probably reburish


You mean "refurbished" ? Yes it does say that in the OP. The CPU really isn't that bad and as it comes with XP it's a reasonable price.
#6
Jakg
Beware - it comes with the rubbish Celeron CPU as a pose to the Atom.


The Celeron ULV 353 is just as good as the rubbish Atom so don't let that put you off.

The eee 901 with a 6-cell battery was £150 last time it was posted so this is a reasonable deal but not stunning.
#7
EndlessWaves
The Celeron ULV 353 is just as good as the rubbish Atom so don't let that put you off.

The eee 901 with a 6-cell battery was £150 last time it was posted so this is a reasonable deal but not stunning.


this is 10% lighter then the 901, but wow what a deal, where was that one ? (are you sure it wasn't £250 ? - I see some of those)
#8
EndlessWaves;5379451
The Celeron ULV 353 is just as good as the rubbish Atom so don't let that put you off.

I'd disagree - I had an eee 701 which stuttered running apps like Chrome because the CPU just wasn't up to it.

On my NC10 with an Atom it runs everything flawlessly and actually multi-tasks quite well.

Both PC's had 2GB of RAM and the 701 even had an nLited copy of XP.
#9
Jakg
I'd disagree - I had an eee 701 which stuttered running apps like Chrome because the CPU just wasn't up to it.

On my NC10 with an Atom it runs everything flawlessly and actually multi-tasks quite well.

Both PC's had 2GB of RAM and the 701 even had an nLited copy of XP.


was it running at 900Mhz ? early bioses did not set to full speed. also 701 had some issues solved with the pc900
the Nc10 is also £299 + P&P, so not really fair comparison.

Interesting post here:

http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?pid=586388#p586388
#10
I honestly don't know if it was at 630 or 900 - i tried overclocking it to 900 once and i had the same problems, no idea if it held or not.

All I was saying is that I found the Celeron too slow for much use - and the Atom version (the 901) isn't that much more.
#11
Jakg
I honestly don't know if it was at 630 or 900 - i tried overclocking it to 900 once and i had the same problems, no idea if it held or not.

All I was saying is that I found the Celeron too slow for much use - and the Atom version (the 901) isn't that much more.


I can't find a 900a for under £220 (the 900a is the atom version of the 900).
The 901 is 10% heavier, but also I can't find that for under £250.
#12
I just sold a brand new sealed 1000 Atom for £215, so a new 900a shouldn't cost that much...
#13
Quidco £0.01 from Laptops Direct tracked* on 02/06/2009. hardly 2%?
#14
2mm2uk;5382852
Quidco £0.01 from Laptops Direct tracked* on 02/06/2009. hardly 2%?

Is that not just a marker to let you know that it has tracked and then it will adjust to the full percentage after a period of time? :)
That system operates with a few companies via quidco.
#15
This particular model suffered from the battery running down even when switched off. I don't think this was ever resolved.
#16
A hideous notebook that suffers from so many problems.
#17
Jakg
I'd disagree - I had an eee 701 which stuttered running apps like Chrome because the CPU just wasn't up to it.

On my NC10 with an Atom it runs everything flawlessly and actually multi-tasks quite well.

Both PC's had 2GB of RAM and the 701 even had an nLited copy of XP.


I have a 701 and I was very pleasantly surprised how well the Celeron runs at stock 630MHz, never mind overclocked to 900MHz. I put Ubuntu Linux on mine and it's running with an encrypted home directory. Despite the slower read/write overhead of the encryption, Firefox runs fine, for example, no problems. This is also with the OpenGL compositing Compiz window manager and all graphical effects are smooth, including rotating the cube!

It's certainly not a beefy CPU but has enough power for one of these little netbooks and the type of apps you'd run on them. Saying that, I've not run XP on it but I can't imagine it would slow it down that much.
#18
In apps that support single threads, the celery is actually faster when overclocked (and mine goes to just over 1ghz) - I have the 701 series. Runs XP completely fine with 1gb. Until the proper dual core atoms appear, with the geforce 9400 chipset, I won't be upgrading.
#19
vuittion
A hideous notebook that suffers from so many problems.


have you had one ?
mine is great
(i have updated to latest bios etc.)
maybe its from mars :)
#20
Would it just be best to pay the extra and get the Aspire one with the 120gb hdd.
#21
colonel;5385901
have you had one ?
mine is great
(i have updated to latest bios etc.)
maybe its from mars :)

I had one and had to return it due to the battery always being flat when I came to use it. Have you left yours for 3-4 days and then tried to use it? I can quarantee the battery will be flat.
#22
the__mayster;5386619
Would it just be best to pay the extra and get the Aspire one with the 120gb hdd.

Definately.
#23
It just seems for the extra £30 it would be better to get one with a better processer and a hdd, and 1gb already there.
#24
the__mayster
It just seems for the extra £30 it would be better to get one with a better processer and a hdd, and 1gb already there.


It is 1gb

but I would admit that the laptopsdirect refurbished list has alot of tempting laptops on it. I have bought both the acer and the asus pc900

one thing I would say is that the Asus is smaller and lighter then the acer. Its also better supported on the internet (although the Acer is well supported). Lastly the Acer is a bitch to update and play around with. The Asus has a nice door on the bottom and allows ssd and ram to be upgraded easily.
#25
the__mayster
Would it just be best to pay the extra and get the Aspire one with the 120gb hdd.


Only if the hard drive is important - the Aspire one is bigger, heavier, has slightly worse battery life, a glossy screen, poor speakers and the touchpad apparently is a bit awkward too.
#26
Jefft;5385192
This particular model suffered from the battery running down even when switched off. I don't think this was ever resolved.
Absolutely - it was never resolved. You'll probably get the exact same one I sent back to play.com as unfit for purpose. Say hello to it from me. :)
#27
I had two Eee 701's with XP Home - both had the same problem - screen freezing every so often. Loved the machine, beautiful and small, great keyboard. Updated the Ram to help but had to return each time as I but couldn't stand the constant freezing even when connected to mains.

I'd love to go for the 901 but as it's basically the same machine I can't face the thought of more freezing, so I tried the Acer (no good - horrible sticky touchpad and no System Restore capability) and finally got the Dell mini 910 on 28 day approval which has been brilliant.
#28
I owned the 900 for a fair while and put XP on it myself, no real issues that I remember - battery life was alright, it was speedy enough and, well, it was decent whilst travelling!
#29
Not a bad machine if battery life isn't your biggest concern though having owned this particular model I can confirm that it does suffer from the battery drain issue mentioned earlier, you could just pull the battery out when you're finished.

If the CPU is running properly and not under clocked it's more than capable. Beware of the 16GB single SSD cousin that's pretty bad however. The 900A is quite different considering it's Atom based.

The 901 (which I swapped my 900 for in the end) is an entirely different beast, vastly superior when it comes to battery life and a few other extras thrown in.
#30
For an extra 20 quid on the same site consider the Asus 904 which has much better battery life and 80gb storage. I've not owned either of these but I had the original Asus eee 701 and it was perfect except for the 7inch screen, so I shouldnt think these are bad.
#31
ra2000
I had two Eee 701's with XP Home - both had the same problem - screen freezing every so often. Loved the machine, beautiful and small, great keyboard. Updated the Ram to help but had to return each time as I but couldn't stand the constant freezing even when connected to mains.


I think you were just unlucky, I've not noticed any of that on my 701 and I use it to listed to Radio 7 over iPlayer so it would be very noticible if it was stuttering - I know since that's exactly what it did when I bungled a flash upgrade.
#32
:thinking:Everyone that boughht this netbook check the size of the hard drive, mine only came with a 4gb ssd, is advertised as having 12gb ssd hard drive!

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