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...
is there an optical drive
is the HDD upgradeable
what removable storage options apart from 3 usb ports
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?
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!
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)
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...
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.
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)
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
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.
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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