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For those of you like me who ordered a asus eee pc from play.com and have not recieved it due to stock storage, pcworld have it in stock Direst link here; http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/326247

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#1
this site has halped me save loads in the past. this is my first post btw so hope it helps someone
#2
is this a good price?
#3
alot of people are waiting for the next release with the atom chip and better battery.tempted but must be strong:whistling:
#4
these are quoted as having 20gb hdd, is this solid state like the originals?
banned#5
can an external cd/dvd rewriter be connected to this?

will there ever be a version with a optical drive?
#6
jihadijulz;2084068
can an external cd/dvd rewriter be connected to this?

will there ever be a version with a optical drive?


yep u can connect a usb dvd writer to it, but doubt they can fit one internally.
#7
Or you could get the 12GB version with Win XP for £310.50 + p&p

Not that I've ever used this Co, & looks as tho they're still waiting for stock.
#8
I love the design and idea behind these, i do think they are hiking the prices up to cash in now, voted hot as in stock and various discounts make it the cheapest probabily to get.
#9
I think they will drop in price soon when the competition is released very soon, msi wind ect.. Plus there will be a new model out soon as well.

I've just took my second one back for a refund due to problems with the screen, also note that the batteries that are coming with these are lower capacity than A.that reviews showed B.that other countries are getting.

I think it was Hong Kong that got the same batteries as we in the UK are getting but Asus are offering them a free exchange for a better battery. No sign of that in the UK though :(

Voted hot though as this is the cheapest i've seen them. Just hope no one gets 2 duds in a row like me :(
#10
I got one of the Marshall Ward 4Gb deals at £186 for the 7". Then added an Ebuyer 16Gb High Speed SD card. Installed Lite version of XP through USB and it rocks. Dont think the 9" is worth the extra and its fun strippinng Linux off and Streamlining XP just how you want it.
#11
maddogb
these are quoted as having 20gb hdd, is this solid state like the originals?


Yes.

jihadijulz
can an external cd/dvd rewriter be connected to this?

will there ever be a version with a optical drive?


There's unlikely to be a version with an optical drive, unless it was a mini-CD drive which would be rather pointless.
#12
This is a great price. Really tempted to buy one after seeing vidoes of UT running smoothly on it.
#13
you are always near a new "better" release, take the plunge, im on my eeepc 900 black xp and by god is it fun.

HOT
#14
Hi all.

I have seen a sudden rush to buy these 'micro-pcs' but I fail to see the appeal. The main reason that I can't get my head around it all is the price - you can buy a decent laptop for the same money or less. What is it about these that make them so appealing? Please educate me!!
#15
mattress
Hi all.

I have seen a sudden rush to buy these 'micro-pcs' but I fail to see the appeal. The main reason that I can't get my head around it all is the price - you can buy a decent laptop for the same money or less. What is it about these that make them so appealing? Please educate me!!


Maybe the £300 ones.. but the one I have (£185, 4G model) is much cheaper than most laptops, and it's very small.. you can carry it almost anywhere. Very nice little thing. Also lightweight and durable.
#16
All gone
#17
well i thought the same about "laptops" which i feel contradict themselves. most laptops are not portable, have poor battery life. eeepc is a true laptop as u can take it with u anywhere easily and not have to worry about the weight, size or finding a power outlet. a true laptop.

they are for ultimate mobility and situations where you want to just chuck ur lappy in a bag and not have to lug around a huge device. then u can use it without worrying about power etc. take my word for it the fact it isnt as powerful as other similar priced lappies is not an issue, its a different kettle of fish.

i laugh when i see people buy a laptop, then put speakers, eternal HDD, mouse, keyboard, stand. why not buy a desktop lol
#18
mattress;2114546
Hi all.

I have seen a sudden rush to buy these 'micro-pcs' but I fail to see the appeal. The main reason that I can't get my head around it all is the price - you can buy a decent laptop for the same money or less. What is it about these that make them so appealing? Please educate me!!


Weight ?

Ralph
#19
yeah it's only once you've used an eee that you see how much the size thing matters... they make a full size laptop look like a dinosaur. imho.
i would recommend the linux version to beginners (who are happy with the included apps and benefit from the speed and reliability of linux) and advanced users (who can modify the linux setup) - only people in the middle with some windows experience (or need to use windows only apps) would be better served by windows on this type of device. imho.

2 problems - the extra £100 makes this not nearly as great value as the 701 eee.
2nd, the battery life really is too short, will need to get a bigger battery (is possible).
#20
I'd love one of these small laptops and the original Eee PC at around £200 was great but I don't see the point in them being over £300. Once they break the £260 mark there are much better spec'd normal laptops to be had. The point of these machines is that they are small, portable and very cheap. Going over £250 takes them out of that bracket.
#21
i agree there, however bare in mind the extra RAM and screen sie yet alone the disc space. i am loveing my eepc
#22
Good find, the nearest one I seen was £330+.

It has my vote.
#23
Will wait to see how much Msi WInd cost in uk, which should be a more attracting one.
#24
Q-Tec
I'd love one of these small laptops and the original Eee PC at around £200 was great but I don't see the point in them being over £300. Once they break the £260 mark there are much better spec'd normal laptops to be had. The point of these machines is that they are small, portable and very cheap. Going over £250 takes them out of that bracket.


this is how most people seem to think, but actually its dead wrong imho... the eee arguably should cost much more than a normal laptop because the size makes it so much more useful, with the spec difference being largely irrelevant. just a few years ago this type of miniaturization would have doubled the price, now people are expecting "less laptop, less money" we've got a bit spoilt with hardware really :p

so you're right that an extra hundred makes it seem tempting to get a "proper" laptop, but what do you actually do? i think for most people "proper" laptops are overcomplicated, oversized cr*p compared to the minis. a 15" is really a desktop replacement (or 'luggable desktop'). you just have to get over the spec sheet (non geeks have an advantage here, having never been trained to read specs!). i would advise actually borrowing an eee for a bit, you'll quickly find either you like it (and it's worth £300 ish) or that it doesn't suit you (too small etc). they're like marmite :) but they're in a different class, not directly comparable, because of the size.

edit: what i'm trying to say is work out first whether you want big or small. then look for the best deal. don't compare a 7"-9" with a 15" laptop, it's apples and oranges..
#25
yeah but even saying its "slow" can be misleading... most people judge speed by: boot time, app responsiveness, these kinds of things. here the the linux eee is very quick. most people do not run apps that actually need high specs (video encoding, gaming etc.) or they do not run them often. my linux based eee is actually faster in load times (for what it does - web browsing mainly - it does less of course) than my dual core desktops.

so yeah i agree with above.. but i think many people are misjudging what they need, and tend to overestimate the hardware specs they need (and underestimate how awkward large laptops are to carry around) which unfairly tilts things toward conventional laptops.. just a thought.
#26
this is getting OT, but try opera on the eee (get the debian etch version, installs easily).. it starts in about 1/4 the time of firefox. it also has better small screen support. i think opera is a much better browser for small screen laptops.
#27
The thing is, Asus released the Eee PC at under £180 which makes it a fantastic see-it-want-it-buy-it desirable piece of hardware which is why it's sold so many of them. If they'd released the same model in the £300 price bracket would it have shifted so well? I'm not sure it would. They could have easily said "Look at all the tech you're getting in a small package" and charged a premium, but they didn't.After they've lit the fuse with £180 laptops it's a big jump to go over £300 for something that isn't much more than we had at £180 and that's what I find disappointing.

I really want something small that I can chuck in my ruck sack and do the basics on, email / net / word / etc and the original Eee would be fantastic but for the lack of storage. I was hoping the new models would address this but not be so much more expensive. As others have pointed out, it'll be interestng to see what other companies offer, particularly MSI. However, after Asus released one machine at sub £200 I really don't want to go (much) over that level.
#28
I think the extra features over the original EeePc are probably worth the extra money -- if they
appeal to you .
One thing the original is very good at is detecting Wi-Fi signals. From reports I 've seen, the Eee 900
(this one posted) is weaker at this . Makes me think I'll hang on to my 4Gb 701 for now.
#29
I have the 701 and it's been great. It basically hits the sweat spot of lightness, durability, size, capability and price. I spend around 12 hours/week on an intercity train. The battery lasts the journey if there's no socket, the laptop fits on one of those flip down trays if there's no table, it takes up less space than my lunch in my rucksack and I can get as much or as little work done as I fancy. For £200 it was an absolute bargain.

I'm less sure about the 900s though. Although they are considerably more capable they've lost the sweet spot in terms of price.
#30
Voted Hottish!

I've got a desktop replacement laptop which I lug around once in a blue moon.

I've also got a work issued Nokia E90 and it's bearable to surf in McDonalds and Costa and other places with free wifi. But the screen and keyboard of the 701 makes it rather than breaks it. It's perfectly reasonable for the excellent portability - all I want it for is on the road surfing and emailing - not to play COD4 and Crysis. That and the uberfast startup compared to a normal lappy.

But what I also like about the 701 is the "tinkerability" - adding and deleting programs, ram upgrade, finding solutions on forums. It's like a mini boys toy/meccano kit!
#31
Why oh why would anyone think this is a good deal??? Yes it is small, but so is the spec and as it's sold with an operating system that is free, the restrictions on this system make it quite a lot of money for what you get!

Spend another £100 (the cost for an operating system that 'normal non geek' people would want) and you can buy a very small laptop that will be far more usable!

In short £300 is a lot of money to just surf the internet! If surfing the internet on a small screen is all you want then get an ipod touch!
#32
leezooky
Why oh why would anyone think this is a good deal??? Yes it is small, but so is the spec and as it's sold with an operating system that is free, the restrictions on this system make it quite a lot of money for what you get!

Spend another £100 (the cost for an operating system that 'normal non geek' people would want) and you can buy a very small laptop that will be far more usable!

In short £300 is a lot of money to just surf the internet! If surfing the internet on a small screen is all you want then get an ipod touch!


In fairness it does a lot more than surf the net out of the box and you can get it to do practically anything a normal sized laptop would do.

The OS has been configured to make it very easy to use and very close to Windows - it even has most of the same keyboard shortcuts (I'd always shied away from Linux previously). There is also a version which comes with Windows XP. And another £100 is another £100 and you're getting on for twice the price of the 701.

I have the iPhone as well and even the 701 has a much bigger screen than that. The two complement each quite well if you do a lot of travelling.

But in the end it's down to what you need (or want) and what you're willing to pay for. It wasn't so long ago that I paid nearly £2K for a laptop and that seemed fairly cheap at the time!
#33
very happy with mine, owned it for nearly a year now, the quickest to load, check out this site every day and play games, very handy
#34
leezooky
Why oh why would anyone think this is a good deal??? Yes it is small, but so is the spec and as it's sold with an operating system that is free, the restrictions on this system make it quite a lot of money for what you get!

Spend another £100 (the cost for an operating system that 'normal non geek' people would want) and you can buy a very small laptop that will be far more usable!

In short £300 is a lot of money to just surf the internet! If surfing the internet on a small screen is all you want then get an ipod touch!


The touch is way too small. With an eee you can do most surfing with minimal scrolling and enlarging - something you can't do on a Touch. And is has a proper usable keyboard.
#35
greencat
In fairness it does a lot more than surf the net out of the box and you can get it to do practically anything a normal sized laptop would do.

The OS has been configured to make it very easy to use and very close to Windows - it even has most of the same keyboard shortcuts (I'd always shied away from Linux previously). There is also a version which comes with Windows XP. And another £100 is another £100 and you're getting on for twice the price of the 701.

I have the iPhone as well and even the 701 has a much bigger screen than that. The two complement each quite well if you do a lot of travelling.

But in the end it's down to what you need (or want) and what you're willing to pay for. It wasn't so long ago that I paid nearly £2K for a laptop and that seemed fairly cheap at the time!


Hmmm, I guess all I'm getting at is that if I was going to pay for a laptop without having to pay for an operating system then I'd expect a lot more for for my money than with this computer. So if you added XP and then the cost of it (you'd never run vista on this!), this would be seen as a big rip off? Any laptop that ships with windows could ship with Linux instead but at a lot cheaper price.
#36
greencat
I have the 701 and it's been great. It basically hits the sweat spot of lightness, durability, size, capability and price. I spend around 12 hours/week on an intercity train. The battery lasts the journey if there's no socket, the laptop fits on one of those flip down trays if there's no table, it takes up less space than my lunch in my rucksack and I can get as much or as little work done as I fancy. For £200 it was an absolute bargain.


Exactly why i bought mine - i travel a fair bit and when i go to uni with my books i dont have much space for anything else and the 701 is perfect - even the adapter is small. I did most of my dissertation on mine believe it or not

The hd space is not a problem and the ram is fine for most things with the 701. I must admit i would love a 8.9" screen though and even though i tried to sell mine on these forums i think i may keep mine now
#37
leezooky
Hmmm, I guess all I'm getting at is that if I was going to pay for a laptop without having to pay for an operating system then I'd expect a lot more for for my money than with this computer. So if you added XP and then the cost of it (you'd never run vista on this!), this would be seen as a big rip off? Any laptop that ships with windows could ship with Linux instead but at a lot cheaper price.


That's fair enough mate. You do have a choice with the 900 though - XP or Linux. The Linux one comes with an extra 8GB of hard drive space (XP version comes with 12GB). They both cost the same price.

I must stop now as I'm sure I'm beginning to come across as a bit of a fan boy. It does everything I need to do - but it obviously won't suit everyone.
#38
I think this is definitely a love or hate thing. Some people just don't seem to get it, fair enough, but personally I don't like having to carry around a 14"+ laptop when I could have this and a desktop at home and I think using the mobile phones available are all a pain in the ar**. I got my eee 900 yesterday and after using the eee 701, I found the screen of the 900 much better (I don't like where the speakers are on the 701 rather than the size of the screen itself).

Money-wise, yes you could get a 'normal' laptop for a similar price but they aren't exactly the best, I know I'd rather have the eee. As for the newer versions of the asus coming out with the atom chip, I read that it had been cancelled and at best I read that they have no idea what's happening with it...it seems asus like to be very mysterious when it comes to its possible release.

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