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Asus Eee PC 2GB White Refurbished A1 (As New) - £97.97 @ LaptopsDirect
Asus Eee PC 2GB White  Refurbished A1 (As New) - £97.97 @ LaptopsDirect

Asus Eee PC 2GB White Refurbished A1 (As New) - £97.97 @ LaptopsDirect

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Pc Pro recently said "The Eee PC defies all expectations, particularly for a device thats nominally aimed at children" and then gave on to give it 6 out of 6 stars when they reviewed it.

At this pricepoint we can`t think of a more perfect ultraportable, measuring just 225mm wide and 170mm deep,and weighing in at just 928g, you truly can take it anywhere with you.

Featuring a 7" screen its ideal for keeping in touch, emails and surfing the web. Play, relax, and entertain on the go with shock-proof designed chassis and a 2 year warranty from Asus.

Please Note: All refurbished laptops come with a 1 year warranty held with Laptops Direct.

* Processor - Intel Celeron M
* RAM - 512 MB DDR II SDRAM
* Hard Drive - 2 GB Solid State Drive
* Operating System - Linux
* Screen - 7" 800 x 480 ( WVGA )
* Bluetooth - No

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19-Feb-2009 Fasil Mahmood: Hi Is it possible to upgrade The Operating System to Win XP?

dave: No

23-Apr-2009 jo: Is this product reburbished ? Or is it new ? Does it have wireless connection ?

David J: This is a refurbished netbook. It does have built in Wireless

10-May-2009 Meg: Does this laptop have Microsoft office already installed?

SteveF: It has the linux equivalent.

16-May-2009 Saz: Is it wireless ready?

SteveF: Yes it is.

17-May-2009 carlie: does it have a cd re-writter

David J: No, this does not have an CD/DVD drive

27-May-2009 Chris: can you easily install microsoft office onto this computer and use it for word processing producing power point presentations etc.

David J: No, you can not install Microsoft Office on this netbook as it is on Linux operating system

27-May-2009 chris: would i be able to purchase and install windows xp, vista etc onto this machine so that Microsoft office software would work

SteveF: Yes you can although it will leave you around 1.2Gb on the hard drive.

4-Jun-2009 Ken: Wil i be able to down load open office and run this. can i use an external dvd plaver on this machine?

SteveF: Yes to both of those.

4-Jun-2009 sinu: I heard the celeron processor is quite slow. how much time does it take to boot up? do you sell netbooks with XP version?

SteveF: If you use these net books as they were intended, then they run and boot as quickly as anything out there. If you're going to pile software on and try and use the net book beyond its means, which is basically anything beyond browsing, downloading or office tasks then it will struggle.

5-Jun-2009 Kronos: Can you fit a Hard Drive into the Netbook, like a 80 GB + 2.5" Hard Drive unit? If so which type can it support PATA? or SATA? Also can extra RAM be installed ?

SteveF: No to the extra drive, these are built to be small and portable. On this model you can upgrade the ram to 1GB.

8-Jun-2009 jessmerritt: do you get a charger , and a carry case with it ? also will it be avvailable on the 19th of june and then for next day delivery ?

SteveF: No carry case but it comes with a charger and battery.

How good are these?

"The Eee PC defies all expectations, particularly for a device thats nominally aimed at children"

Your right PC Pro did say this, in October 2007:whistling:


spobby;5445426

How good are these?



I only kept mine for a month, It was just too slow and unresponsive imho even surfing the net, I think this model is the one you can't upgrade the memory, although I stand to be corrected.

Having said all that i'm gonna vote hot because it seems a good deal despite it's age and shortcomings.:thumbsup:

Just to confirm- you won't be able to install XP on the 2Gb version- there isn't enough space. I installed a specially light version of XP on a 4Gb model, plus a couple of other small apps and it leaves only 700Mb for the O/S to work which is fine. Beware the lousy keyboard many of which have individual keys which need a good thump to register. Spent hours packing the underside of the keyboard with silver paper to get all keys working. Typing this on a 10" Asus EEE 1000H/80Gb/XP/2Gb RAM which is a much better machine altogether- not a toy like the 7" but of course costs more like 280 quid. my advice- save your pennies and get the better machine!

mikezoe65;5445752

Just to confirm- you won't be able to install XP on the 2Gb version- … Just to confirm- you won't be able to install XP on the 2Gb version- there isn't enough space. I installed a specially light version of XP on a 4Gb model, plus a couple of other small apps and it leaves only 700Mb for the O/S to work which is fine. Beware the lousy keyboard many of which have individual keys which need a good thump to register. Spent hours packing the underside of the keyboard with silver paper to get all keys working. Typing this on a 10" Asus EEE 1000H/80Gb/XP/2Gb RAM which is a much better machine altogether- not a toy like the 7" but of course costs more like 280 quid. my advice- save your pennies and get the better machine!



[FONT=Verdana]If however your on a tight budget then this is a model to consider - you can provide easy expansion via the use of an SDHC, as long as it's a class six for the necessary speed required for accessing data.

There is also a very good user community forum out there, with lots of information on the ASUS EEE Netbook models and various guides on how to install various Linux distributions but also Windows operating systems including 2000 up to 7 Beta - I'll hunt out the link later on.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

Theres one with 4gb for £6 extra

Can this run mac os x?

spobby;5445822

Theres one with 4gb for £6 extraCan this run mac os x?



[FONT=Verdana]Apparently you can BUT the performance is not that great plus you would have the trim down the installation files by quite a lot but also post installation as well - I say as I've seen a video of Mac OS X running on an ASUS EEE PC 701/4G (it was listed over an article last year from Lifehacker.com).

Edit: Note that for Mac OS X you would need at least 2GB of RAM to get the decent performance out of it from what I've read about it.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

yorkie;5445566

I only kept mine for a month, It was just too slow and unresponsive imho … I only kept mine for a month, It was just too slow and unresponsive imho even surfing the net, I think this model is the one you can't upgrade the memory, although I stand to be corrected.



mikezoe65;5445752

Beware the lousy keyboard many of which have individual keys which need a … Beware the lousy keyboard many of which have individual keys which need a good thump to register. Spent hours packing the underside of the keyboard with silver paper to get all keys working.



I think you two might have had defective units, mine is perfectly good for browsing the web (although it uses firefox 2 which is a pain at times) and the keys are light, I find them too light in fact.

EndlessWaves;5447690

I think you two might have had defective units, mine is perfectly good … I think you two might have had defective units, mine is perfectly good for browsing the web (although it uses firefox 2 which is a pain at times) and the keys are light, I find them too light in fact.



Me and my wife both have one and use them quite a bit, no complaints about the keyboard at all.

BTW it's really not difficult to upgrade the Linpus models to use ]Firefox 3 since Acer have provided a package to do all the tricky stuff. Also I find the ]LittleFox plug-in very useful to maximise the usable screen area.

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Scotty Boy;5445807

[FONT=Verdana]There is also a very good user community forum out there, … [FONT=Verdana]There is also a very good user community forum out there, with lots of information on the ASUS EEE Netbook models and various guides on how to install various Linux distributions but also Windows operating systems including 2000 up to 7 Beta - I'll hunt out the link later on.Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]




forum.eeeuser.com/

mikerj;5453514

Me and my wife both have one and use them quite a bit, no complaints … Me and my wife both have one and use them quite a bit, no complaints about the keyboard at all.BTW it's really not difficult to upgrade the Linpus models to use ]Firefox 3 since Acer have provided a package to do all the tricky stuff. Also I find the ]LittleFox plug-in very useful to maximise the usable screen area.



This isn't an Acer Aspire One!

seems a good deal

Teamed up with an external 1TB USB drive (approx £70) and loaded with FreeNAS or your choice of Linux distro, this would make a great low-cost NAS. :thumbsup:

(Not that great for day to day 'laptop' use though, too many restrictions)

Has anyone bought a refurbished laptop from LaptopsDirect? I'm tempted by the 4gb version... laptopsdirect.co.uk/GRA…ID=
Not bad for £99.97.... ?

Just sold my 4gb the other week for £100. Works great if eeebunutu is installed (google it). You can then install eeecontrol and overclock the CPU to 900Mhz (which its designed to do) which makes the system fly.

Do NOT buy to install XP - its too small a screen. Linux however works fine.

i got one of these the other week & it seems good but it doesnt work with my Sky Broadband, i think it may have something to do with it being Linux, has anyone else had this problem????

I got one of these for ~£180 when they first came out. Not a bad little machine for its times - but other netbooks are better (but more expensive)

Screen size of 7" is small - screen resolution (like most netbooks) is crap.
I had a battery problem and asus fixed it reasonably quick. These are not built that well - but not terrible.
Thinking of running Ubuntu netbook remix version of linux on mine now. Works very well as a remote mythtv frontend for SD (normal telly not HD) material.
Good price voted hot.

wow this is hot for a netbook, upgrade the RAM and install a different OS then its all good

Is it possible to watch avi files on this using like an sd card?

Also what battery life like when just doing general web surfing etc?

Ta

Would expect these to be slightly cheaper considering their age. Not voted

I'd agree. These are quite out of date now. 2GB hard disk is tiny, you'll be struggling with that if you do anything 'serious' with it.

£100 is expensive, these, imo, should be sitting around the 70 mark - ideally less. Those looking for a UMPC should spend a bit more (~50) and pick up an Acer One or similar

mikezoe65;5445752

Just to confirm- you won't be able to install XP on the 2Gb version- … Just to confirm- you won't be able to install XP on the 2Gb version- there isn't enough space. I installed a specially light version of XP on a 4Gb model, plus a couple of other small apps and it leaves only 700Mb for the O/S to work which is fine. Beware the lousy keyboard many of which have individual keys which need a good thump to register. Spent hours packing the underside of the keyboard with silver paper to get all keys working. Typing this on a 10" Asus EEE 1000H/80Gb/XP/2Gb RAM which is a much better machine altogether- not a toy like the 7" but of course costs more like 280 quid. my advice- save your pennies and get the better machine!



I've installed a moderately slimmed version of XP on a 2gb version (I used nlite to take a few things off), plus miscellaneous smaller software like firefox, etc, and have about 500mb free.

If you pop a 4gb SD card in, and accept that the C drive is really only for the OS, you're OK. If you don't roll your own version of XP, you won't end up with much wiggle room, but these things are still more capable than folks think, assuming a moderate level of technical ability.

The worst thing about these by far is the small, low-res screen, which makes even browsing a pain in the ****. The CPU is suprisingly capable (particularly if you up-clock it with EEEctrl) and pick your apps carefully (like Firefox 2 instead of Firefox 3 because 3 is a CPU hog, etc).

Good machines, great price, just see if you can fiddle with one in the flesh and get used to that screen before you purchase, IMO. I have one I used as a server, one I bought the missus purely for browsing (which it's passable for, but not ace), and an EEE 900 for more general use (which is great).

stezo2k;5454290

wow this is hot for a netbook, upgrade the RAM and install a different OS … wow this is hot for a netbook, upgrade the RAM and install a different OS then its all good



I think the RAM may be fixed in this one. Worth checking.

fix;5454343

Is it possible to watch avi files on this using like an sd card?Also what … Is it possible to watch avi files on this using like an sd card?Also what battery life like when just doing general web surfing etc?Ta



This can totally play movies (and yep, from SD would be fine). I use one as a file-server and media centre.

Battery life is about 2-2.5 hours while surfing. Nothing special. You can buy higher capacity batteries cheaply from china/ebay if you don't mind the risk that they don't obey british safety standards

I got one of these about 6 months ago - it's been that price at laptops direct for ages now.

I installed a slimmed down version of XP (which took around 500 MB of space) and still had plenty of space for office, firefox etc. After adding in an SD card I was more than happy with the space. (this was just for surfing, skype, IM, email, movies, typing stuff up and the occasional game)

The speed was adequate - but what made me return it was the 7 inch screen. I thought I'd get used to it but it was too small for me. I decided to get a 8.9 in screen netbook instead.

If you could afford £50 more, I'd wait around for a slightly larger screen - there are deals on here from time to time around the £150 mark.

yorkie;5445566

"The Eee PC defies all expectations, particularly for a device thats … "The Eee PC defies all expectations, particularly for a device thats nominally aimed at children"Your right PC Pro did say this, in October 2007:whistling:I only kept mine for a month, It was just too slow and unresponsive imho even surfing the net, I think this model is the one you can't upgrade the memory, although I stand to be corrected.Having said all that i'm gonna vote hot because it seems a good deal despite it's age and shortcomings.:thumbsup:





I've got one & I don't know how you think this is slow & unresponsive unless you've got a faulty unit.
Mine is faster than my acer & I've had games running on it & watch films through my lcd tv on it.
Mine is running windows xp though with upgraded ram & this model does have quite a small hard drive as mine is 8gb but I wouldn't complain for the price.
I think these things are ace, light as a feather & even fits in my coat pocket :thumbsup:

TeamMCS;5454626

£100 is expensive, these, imo, should be sitting around the 70 mark - … £100 is expensive, these, imo, should be sitting around the 70 mark - ideally less. Those looking for a UMPC should spend a bit more (~50) and pick up an Acer One or similar


Agree. Weren't they selling for 200 dollars across the pond, which pretty much was 100 pounds plus VAT at the time?

I think 50 would be fair: it is a first generation product, and there is a reason they do not make them in 7" any more. The new ones are so much more useful, and of course they are new :-)

does this have a web cam built in? it seems to in the photos but i cant find andthing in the description?

found it.

Does anyone know if we can install a normal Hard drive on this netbook? ie. SATA 120GB or similar

GreatBallsofFire;5453816

Teamed up with an external 1TB USB drive (approx £70) and loaded with … Teamed up with an external 1TB USB drive (approx £70) and loaded with FreeNAS or your choice of Linux distro, this would make a great low-cost NAS. :thumbsup:(Not that great for day to day 'laptop' use though, too many restrictions)



Tempted by that idea but having never setup a NAS before I'm a bit concerned that it might end up being to complex to configure.

Teqnophile;5445418

Comments, Questions and AnswersExpand/CollapseGeneral Feedback19-Feb-2009 … Comments, Questions and AnswersExpand/CollapseGeneral Feedback19-Feb-2009 Fasil Mahmood: Hi Is it possible to upgrade The Operating System to Win XP? dave: No 27-May-2009 chris: would i be able to purchase and install windows xp, vista etc onto this machine so that Microsoft office software would work SteveF: Yes you can although it will leave you around 1.2Gb on the hard drive.



Never a good sign of customer service knowledge!

I have XP, with the resize utility and overclocking program, works fine, possibly the most useful gadget I've ever bought. The Atom processors are over rated, not as fast as my celery which can run at over 1.00ghz.

Only time I'll upgrade is when the ion platform is released. My old eee 701 will become a carputer then!

Netbooks are very useful for internet access whilst on holiday & a very very cheap one like this should be ideal for the purpose -it does the job & is not a major financial disaster if it gets dropped or stolen.
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