Asus Eee PC Full Retail Review Showcase - HotHardware

Asus Eee PC Full Retail Review Showcase

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Hype, we all know the drill.  We've seen it many times before.  There's only so much commotion you can digest before you start to wonder if something is as good as it's played up to be.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated Asus Eee PC.  In fact, this product has been easily the most researched and searched-upon product in the HotHardware.com content database in many years.  Some speculate that this new ultra-mobile PC or UMPC, if you're the acronym-loving type, is an answer to the competitive call of the OLPC XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child organization.  We would offer that this just isn't so. 

 


In the pages ahead, we'll give you a detailed technical view of the new Asus Eee PC and show you that in fact, the product, with its custom KDE equipped Linux-based OS, is currently in a class by itself.  While the OLPC is targeted as a child's computer or learning device, the Eee PC, while it also makes for an excellent kids' starter PC, actually offers much more as well.
 

ASUS Eee PC
Features & Specifications

Display: 7"
• Processor: Intel mobile Celeron CPU
Intel 910 chipset
• Memory: 512MB RAM
• OS: Linux (Asus custom distro)
• Storage: 4GB or 8GB Flash HD
• Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
• Battery life: 3 hours using 4-cell battery
• Weight: 2lbs
• Dimensions: 8.9 in x 6.5 in x 0.82 in 1.37 in (width x depth x thickness)
• Ports:
- 3 USB ports
- 1 VGA out
- SD Card Reader
- 56K Modem
- Ethernet
- Headphone Out
- Microphone In


We specifically will be taking a look at an Eee PC model 701 4G.  As you can see in the spec list above, this model as well as all Eee PCs curently, is built on an Intel 910 mobile chipset with integrated graphics and an Intel mobile Celeron processor.  The Celeron is clocked at 900MHz and has 512K of L2 cache.  The TDP (thermal design power) of the CPU is very low at only 5.5 watts.  More on power consumption ahead.  For now, here's a look at other configurations of the 701 in the Eee PC lineup.

 
Model
Eee PC 8G Eee PC 4G Eee PC 4G Surf Eee PC 2G Surf
Display
7" 7"
7"
7"
Operating System
Linux
Windows XP Comp.
Linux
Windows XP Comp.
Linux
Windows XP Comp.
Linux
Windows XP Comp.
Ethernet Connection
Yes Yes Yes Yes
WLAN Yes
Yes Yes
Yes
Memory 1GB DDR2
512MB DDR2 512MB DDR2
256MB DDR2
Solid State Disk Size
8GB 4GB 4GB
2GB
Camera Yes Yes No No
Audio Hi-Def
Stereo Spk/Mic
Hi-Def
Stereo Spk/Mic
Hi-Def
Stereo Spk/Mic
Hi-Def
Stereo Spk/Mic
Battery 4 Cells
5200mAh/3.5hrs
4 Cells
5200mAh/3.5hrs
4 Cells
4400mAh/2.8hrs
4 Cells
4400mAh/2.8hrs
Weight .92kg .92kg
.92kg
.92kg

 
One notable item that we're sure you've keyed in on above, is that all of these machines are Windows XP compatible.  In fact, Asus informed us that there will be a Windows XP-enabled version coming out very soon as well.  Pricing on the various configurations of the Eee PC model 701 is as follows:


Eee PC 4G $399 with 512MB memory and 4G flash drive and built-in camera
Eee PC 4G Surf $349 with 256MB memory and 4G flash drive and built-in camera
Eee PC 2G Surf $299 with 256MB memory and 2G flash drive


The Eee PC comes in five different colors - white, black, pink, blue, or green. On On November 1, the Asus Eee PC will be available at the stores or E-tailers listed below:

 

In the United States:
Micro Center
Target.com
Costco.com
Buy.com
HPM
Newegg.com
J&R
Infotech
PC Club
Avant
RCS
Milwaukee PC
Howard Computer
M&A

 

In Canada:
A&B Sound
The Source
NCIX
Memory Express
ProSys
BCom
 Canada Computers


A closer look at the Eee PC is next...

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 Yes,the ASUS Eee PC is very good, i like it. Now i want to order a replacement Eee pcbattery.

4400mAh,4-cell; 6600mAh,6-cell; which one is better? 

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