Asus Eee PC 701
US Price: $279 for 4G
A seven inch machine and the one that started it all at launch, the Eee PC 701s retailed for around £220 and were sold to children and schools, but also generated interest from adults that ultimately fuelled the desire for other more advanced netbooks.
- CPU: Intel Celeron M 900 MHz
- Memory: 512MB DDR2
- Storage: 4GB or 8GB SSD
- Display: 7in, 800 x 480
- Ports: 3xUSB 2.0; VGA; Headphone & Microphone; Ethernet; Memory Card Reader
- Internet: 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi; 10/100 Ethernet
- Bluetooth: No
- WebCam: 0.3 Megapixel
- Operating System:: Linux Xandros
- Dimensions: 225 × 165 × 21~35mm
- Weight: 920 grams
- Colours: Black & White
- Battery Life: 2h 30mins to 3h 30mins
- Very portable
- Reasonable battery life
- Child friendly
- Linux OS and pre-installed applications are numerous
- Slow and outdated
- Small keyboard
- Small touchpad
- Tiny screen can't handle web pages
- Newer netbooks are just as cheap and better in most ways
What We Said
"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."
What We Think Now
Much as we'd like to revere it with nostalgia, the original Eee PC shows its age. It does have a few things going for it, like decent battery life, a durable chassis and simple portability, but other more modern netbooks have all these things, are easier to use and cost more or less the same.
The Bottom Line
Worth considering for young children if you can find a cheap one, but otherwise is best avoided.