Asus Eee PC 4G 701 - Asus Eee PC

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Asus Eee PC 4G 701

Summary

Our Score:

9

There are several models available, but the one we're reviewing and which Asus considers the most desirable model is the Eee PC 4G 701. Aside from the processor, which is the same across the range, the 4G 701 features 512MB DDR2 RAM and a 4GB SSD (Solid State Drive). There's also a 0.3-megapixel webcam and integrated microphone, with network connectivity provided by 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet. All models ship with a 7in 800 x 600 display, while this and the more expensive 8G 701, which ships with an 8GB SSD and 1GB DRR2 RAM, utilise a four-cell 5200mAh battery.

Two other models exist, including the 4G Surf and 2G Surf. Each have 4GB and 2GB SSDs respectively, while the 4G Surf features 512MB of RAM compared to the 256MB found in the 2G Surf. Each also lacks the webcam, while using a slightly smaller 4400mAh battery. In addition, in a deal with RM, the 2G Surf will be sold to schools as the RM Asus Minibook.

Given its dimensions, the Eee PC is surprisingly well endowed with connectivity. On the left edge there's an Ethernet port, one USB port and headphone and external microphone jacks. You'll certainly be in need of these, especially since the integrated microphone isn't the strongest, though the speakers either side of the screen proved far better sound than one would reasonably expect.

Other connections on the right include a D-SUB port for hooking up an external monitor, along with two further USB ports and a memory card reader that supports MMC and SD card formats. Given that there's only 1.3GB of space after the OS and applications, external storage through USB keys and hard drives will be essential. As such, it's pleasing that Asus has managed to squeeze as many as three USB ports into the diminutive chassis.

When you consider that this model costs a mere £219, it's hard not to be impressed with the package on offer. If all you want is something that you can surf the Internet with and write the occasional document, on paper it's everything you'd probably want at a price that's too good to turn down. Of course, on paper all sorts of things can appear better than they are, so the real test is in how easy it is to use the Eee PC.

Lantic

June 17, 2008, 9:12 pm

Great machine but the WiFi can be tricky to get working and according to the Asus "help line", it's a common problem to which there is no solution ... or very limited options.


So be warned, WiFi setup can be problematic. I am still battling!


Other than that, fantastic machine, at a great price with excellent functionality.

Chris Tinker

August 15, 2008, 4:23 pm

EEE PC - the best businessmans companion ever!!!!!





I'm a pretty average business user of computers, with one exception, I fly an awful lot, about 4 times a week to be exact. So lugging a massive notebook aorund with me isn't an answer, and I feel sorry for those that have to. So I gave up the good old Fujitsu Siemens Amilo. After all I did have my Blackberry Curve for emails, plus an Ipod Classic for music and the occasional movie - if you have good eyesight! I used to log into the internet at various places, including the overseas office, to pick up my email and attachments from our Zimbra collaboration tool.





Well, now I dont have to worry - I am an EEE PC convert. This dellightful little notebook is the answer to a travellers prayers. I bought the 7" half gig memory, 4 gig flash drive Linux version in an attractive white for just over 𧶀 in Currys and have never looked back.





It didn't take me long to realise that Linux wasn't for me though. I was too used to Windows and used a lot of Mircosoft business tools (including mobile broadband) which I was unable to get from Linux. Linux is OK for Geeks, that is people who enjoy messing about in the root of computers, I dont! Don't get me wrong Linux and especially Open office is pretty good, just not for me. I want functionality without any messing about.





I upgraded the memory to 2 gig, bought myself a 16 gig sd card as a secondary drive, grabbed a cheap USB disk drive, and an "official" version of XP home (SP2) and basically followed the instructions in the EEE PC manual.





Sure it took a few hours but now I have XP up and running, have installed Office Pro, McAfee Virus protection, MS Project, MS Visio, Mind Manager, Adobe Reader and Quick Time Player for my MP4 videos and have at least 1.5 gig free on my flash drive!





It took a little jiggling about and one or two re-installs with some programmes (especially for some reason Quick Time), but I finally got everything working OK and I'm delighted. People next to me on my flights are usually amazed when I remove the little darling from its case and power it up to watch a video. Mobile broadband with wi-fi access completes the picture. This was one of the reasons I went to XP as Linux was unable to support mobile broadband without some massive programme writing in Unix, something I wasn't about to try.





Asus have produced a marketing miracle with this notebook, the build quality of which is excellent and comparable to the Sony's, which at around � are a scam. Even the add ons haven't cost an arm or a leg. OK the battery time is not quite as good but acceptable and the small keyboard quite useable. The main reason they have been able to produce this little miracle is the relaisation that most laptops are only big because of the hard drive and dvd recorder. Doing away with those, plus the use of large capacity memory sticks and sd cards complete the picture.





My only grumble? That's not with Asus its with the movie makers. Why can't they sell movies on memory sticks? Don't they realise that DVD's are a thing of the past?





The EEE PC is the best buy yet...and certainly the best businessman's companion ever!!!!

smeeeth

September 27, 2008, 7:00 pm

Eee PC gives rise many web-sites about it, for example very interesting is this one - www.pceee.net

joung joy

March 11, 2013, 4:29 pm

i useing at present,,bt very interting for me i like so much..

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