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

If you really can't deal with Linux, Asus has made all the Windows XP component drivers available. Thus, you can install Windows XP if you like, or even wait for the Windows version that Asus has already announced. Whatever you decide to do, one can't help but feel that given the price and functionality, the Eee PC could easily generate a great community that might churn out applications designed specifically for the device. In fact, EeeUser.com shows there's already a grassroots community that could and should blossom.

Having touched upon the Internet and office functionality, one of the surprisingly good aspects of the Eee PC is its media ability, especially in regards to video. An open source media player is installed, which can play more or less anything you throw at it, including Xvid. For standard definition video, the screen is also quite capable. It's not the most colourful or the sharpest by any means and has a slightly mottled look to it, but black levels are surprisingly good and it deals with motion well enough.

Returning to an earlier theme then, is the Eee PC the natural successor to likes of the Psion Series 5 and netBook? Yes, it is. It isn't the same as them by any means, but it's a modern take on a similar theme. Yes it's small and has a great, small keyboard, but technology has moved on enough that you can now comfortably use it to surf the Internet, listen to music and watch video too. It also has a wider appeal, being great for introducing computing to children and for adults who want something simple and portable.

As such, one can only recommend the Eee PC. It does have its issues, but it's difficult to deny both the value and sheer usefulness of the device as an auxiliary notebook or general portable companion. Moreover, Asus must be applauded for being gutsy enough to introduce such a device at the bargainacious price it has. Now, one can only hope it is encouraged by this response and goes away to improve on what it has done. Were it, for example, to make a version with a 9in screen with 1024 pixel width, then the Eee PC could become something even more special.

Verdict

Refreshingly innovative and scandalously cheap, Asus' Eee PC is a great little device for those with basic needs. A great keyboard makes working on it surprisingly easy, while media playback adds a little extra to the package. Internet browsing is also a key component and though the low resolution screen lets it down somewhat, at this price it would be churlish to penalise it too greatly.

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Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 10
  • Features 7
  • Design 9

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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