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By Riyad Emeran



  • Recommended by TR
Asus Eee PC 900


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Although the chassis that houses the Eee PC 900 is pretty much identical to the 701 that Andy reviewed last year, you only have to open the lid to see the first major difference between the two. The screen on the 900 is a huge improvement and one that makes this new Eee PC even more attractive than its predecessor. The 7in screen on the original Eee PC was hampered by the 800 pixel wide resolution, which meant that you had to scroll sideways on the vast majority of web pages. The 8.9in screen on the new model rectifies this issue by sporting a 1,024 pixel wide resolution, which allows it to display the vast majority of web pages perfectly, without the need for sideways scrolling.

The full screen resolution is 1,024 x 600, which means you've got a widescreen aspect ratio, just like the majority of fully featured notebooks on the market. It should also be said that the quality of the screen in the Eee PC 900 is superb. OK, so it's not gloriously bright and vivid like the screen in a Sony TZ, but it is evenly lit, has a wide viewing angle and this sample at least, suffered from no dead pixels. The 8.9in screen actually fills the lid properly too, whereas the 7in display in the 701 just looked tiny, flanked as it was by speakers and surrounded by a large black bezel. As well as offering much improved functionality, the new screen also improves the Eee PC aesthetically.

Considering the overall size of the Eee PC, it comes as no surprise that the keyboard is quite small. Anyone who struggles with a reduced size keyboard on a traditional ultra-portable notebook isn't going to have much joy with an Eee PC, it really is that simple. However, if your hands aren't too big, you shouldn't have any problem typing - I'm currently writing this review on the Eee PC 900 and I can't say that I'm typing much slower than if I was using a full size keyboard on a notebook or desktop.

Also surprising is the amount of travel that each key has, and the fact that there's a solid break at the end of each keystroke, ensuring that your finger bounces back up ready for the next attack. If there's one small annoyance, it's the reduced size Return key, which resembles the flat Enter style key seen on US keyboards. This isn't anything that you won't get used to after a short time, but I'd still rather have seen a larger Return.


June 12, 2008, 5:09 am

I found this review very helpful. I had been looking at the 701 but now having read the review on the 900, my mind is made up. I'm ordering one today! I know I'm going to find it especially helpful when travelling.


August 13, 2008, 11:33 pm

This looks so neat. I wonder though, why don't they drop the harddisk completely, and use flash memory instead. That would use less power and flash memory doesn't cost much. You could easily add 20 or even 40 GB for the same price.

Battery life should really be improved to the double.

What I miss in this review though, is an overview of specifications. I'd like some speed comparison.

eye shield

August 28, 2008, 6:10 am

hmm..they cannot drop hard drive completely...Usually hard drive offers better protection to the data(shock)..and laptop read the data from hard drive faster than USB flash memory.

Stuart 4

September 27, 2008, 4:09 am

Actually, you have that completely backwards - SSD is much better in both ways you mention - both when dropped (no moving parts) and in read times. Unfortunately it still costs more to manufacture, hence although larger SSD drives are appearing (into the hundreds of gigabytes), they're far, far more expensive than the equivalent SATA or PATA HDD.


October 13, 2008, 3:23 pm

Please Help!

I'm contemplating getting a new notebook for the very first time! I have the choices of the ASUS Eee PC 900, Advent 4211, or Dell Inspiron Mini! I really like the ASUS, but want to know if it comes with bluetooth connectivity? Which do i get & why? Please help!


October 23, 2008, 1:51 am

what do you do if the pc gets corrupted , how do you reload the operating system without

a cd dvd drive. how do you put on new software(is it via a memory stick and usb).

John Dow

October 24, 2008, 7:46 pm

Not sure on the corrupted issue but you can share a CD drive on another computer to install software from. Or use a usb CD to install or probably even reload from Linux bootable CD (you can copy any data, even WinXP).


October 29, 2008, 9:11 pm

To Griff,

you can use a usb drive to boot your EEE

u can also use a portable dvd driver which canbe connected via usb hub.

Jim Mickle

December 28, 2008, 3:04 am

I note that there is no mention of the battery drain when off. The drain is about 10% per day. Asus is still fumbling around on a fix. I'm currently waiting on the third try. Will find out if they fixed it on Wednesday, when it is scheduled to be back from Fremont, CA.

The 901 does not have the problem as far as I know.


January 22, 2009, 2:31 am

Val19800 and others

I bought an external CD/DVD player writer for about UK㿅.00 which is perfectly adequate for program loading etc.

The bonus is it works from the internal battery of the PC; a slightly double edged sword as it will deplete the limited battery life further...however the drive is supplied with it's own external PSU so can be mains powered for those moments when the base program needs restoring.

Adding programs in Linux is done via the inter-web no drive being required, just a trawl through the thousands of programs available and a few key strokes via the repository to download and install your chosen game etc.

The are many support groups for the Eee who can point owners in the right direction to get the conventional 'desktop' working for the supplied Linux program.

Blue tooth dongles are easily available and the smallest one can be fitted in one of the USB ports without spoiling the smooth line of the Eee.

The only issue you may have with the Linux version of the 900 is the required driver may not be available, so you may end up having to load Ubuntu 8.10, M$ XP or the Beta version of M$ 7 to get your bluetooth working.

The alternative is to buy the slightly more expensive Eee 901 or Eee 904 then you get blue tooth built in.


March 6, 2009, 11:06 pm

Not recommended for the internet.

Anyone thinking of using thsn eee pc for the internet should take into account their slowness. Typically it takes over 10 mins to connect to the internet, and often takes over 20 mins. If you need a computer for the internet I would strongly recommend that you look elsewhere.

Alex Samson

April 21, 2009, 9:22 pm

Let me get to the point straight away: I love my Eeepc, I don't love Asus. I have been a victim of the dreaded battery controversy. I purchased by Asus late last year from a computer store I trust implicity and have always used. They sold me the Eeepc on the understanding that the battery would provide 3-4 hours battery life. Being a mobile user who spends a lot of time on the road this sounded ideal. Unfortunately Asus missold the product to the shop and the shop in turn fed me inaccurate information.

In the summary the issue is this: Asus supplied the UK and US market with Eeepcs powered by 4400 mAh batteries and the Asian market with 5800 mAh batteries. The 4400s provide just about 2hrs if you're lucky. The 5800s go much longer. Asus neglected to tell the store this.

Luckily for me, the store are fighting my corner because they appreciate that I did not get what I was paying for. Asus apparently offered a month/2 month window during the summer of 2008 to exchange 4400 batteries for 5800 batteries for a fee of 㾶. Because I purchased my Eeepc in the December I can't even get that concession. As a result I have been fighting for a battery for the last 4, nearly 5, months.

Is it worth Asus' relationship with my store to debate this issue or should they simply hand over a battery? I don't know the answer to that, but as a consumer I have lost all faith in the brand, which is a shame because the product is very cool. The problem is, Asus don't seem to understand or appreciate the relationship between the product and the brand image. Ultimately, I'll keep using the Eeepc until it dies and then move back to the safer territory of HP, Dell, or Sony.


December 10, 2009, 7:21 pm

hi, im roldan from philippines, i had a 3e pc 900 with linux. is it possible to install yahoo messenger in linux or where can i download yahoo messenger for this specific linux version in 3e pc. pls help...


June 13, 2010, 11:53 pm

can i not download windows on this

Mai Ana

May 23, 2013, 7:43 pm

Not true with mine. i think it simply depends of the wi-fi or lines quality but nothing linked with the pc itself.

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