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    Tesco RM Asus miniBook

    hi im planning on ordering one of these to use as my mobile pc... basically going to stick xp on it and use it to rdp to my servers/pc's...

    3 questions...

    is there an optical drive

    is the HDD upgradeable

    what removable storage options apart from 3 usb ports

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotwired007 View Post
    hi im planning on ordering one of these to use as my mobile pc... basically going to stick xp on it and use it to rdp to my servers/pc's...

    3 questions...

    is there an optical drive

    is the HDD upgradeable

    what removable storage options apart from 3 usb ports
    no optical drive

    not sure

    yes memory cards

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    There is an SD card slot that will take a 4GB SD card. Remeber that the HD is a solid state device and will be very expensive to replace as Scan will testify:
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    ouch... so basically how good are these things then?

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    I have an Asus EEE.

    Great for occasional use.

    Using the small keyboard and screen for long periods can be tiring.

    I put a trimmed down version of XP on it using nLite.

    Great for RDP work.

    Great for checking email in Starbucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I put a trimmed down version of XP on it using nLite.
    how trimmed?

    also whats the mouse on these?

    battery life?

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    Mouse is a normal laptop tracker - I plugged a little USB one in when using at a desk.

    Battery life is quite good but depends what you are doing. I got about 2 and a half hours watching films with it. (the 4G model, as I believe the 2G and surf are different batteries)

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    im only thinking about getting the 4g version... the others seem a lil underspec for todays day and age...

    has anyone put a different version of nix on it?

    thinking about sticking a version on that gives me basic windows functionality... ie wiv openoffice and a media player of sorts... with a rdp client...

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    I put ubuntu on mine but only had it on for a day... i got sick of writing hundreds of lines of code in to get it to work. I'm sure there is a better way though. Personally I wouldn't use one to remote desktop... the screen is too small and it is rather awkward. I have used logmein on mine and it wasn't that great.

    Either wait for the 9" screen to come out or buy one of those small advent laptops with a 12" screen, I've been told they are very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    Ibuy one of those small advent laptops with a 12" screen, I've been told they are very good.
    My girlfriend has just brought a 12" advent.. Comes with vista so its crap but as soon as XP's on it no problems. Core2Duo processor and 2Gig RAM. She paid £450.

    I then brought a Phillips Freevents 12NB(something) Again 12" but a little better spec (webcam, Better processor, Better DVD writer etc) and paid £495

    Both machines are really small and very fast. (with XP)

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    I also have an Asus miniBook and it is a great piece of kit, especially for computing on the move.

    I agree with the comments posted here, using the it for prolonged amount of time can be a pain. And the fact that it has decent battery life.

    You could try one of the many available alternatives to the miniBook one that I am looking forward to is the HP 2133. Details here

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    It comes with Xandros - there are plenty of guides out there about how to unlock the easy mode and turn it into a normal machine running a decent copy of linux with Open Office and RDP etc - only takes a few seconds to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I have an Asus EEE.

    Great for checking email in Starbucks!
    You pompous git

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotwired007 View Post
    how trimmed?

    also whats the mouse on these?

    battery life?
    Check out:

    EeeUser ASUS Eee PC Forum / nLite slim down XP, step by step

    I use the touchpad and it's okay.

    The battery lasts about 2 hours with frequent on off usage for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oops_my_bad View Post
    You pompous git
    It's where my mate insists on meeting up on Saturday morning! Plus the fact that one of the waitresses in there is drop dead gorgeous.

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