I Gave Up My Notebook for an Eee PC 900

Last week the long-awaited Eee PC 900 arrived at our office. After it underwent the Ellis Island sign-in process—okay, rather our laptop tracking database—it was greeted by some eager onlookers. Like a great big bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, we passed the system around, and I think many of us licked our fingers clean. After we were done pawing at the new system and making comparisons to its older, inferior brother, I sat down to review it. My initial impression of the system was that, though minimally different from its predecessor, it had come a long way. The 8.9-inch screen is so much easier on my eyes; I don’t think twice about storage space when it comes to downloading files or applications, and a multi-glide touchpad adds a touch of class to a budget system. Sure I had my reservations: two hours of battery is less than ideal and the system goes into a power-saving mode that affects performance. But overall, I was damn pleased. Will my high regard for the system live on? Can the Eee PC 900 make me forget about all the other notebooks in the world and be the one I promise to love and cherish? I intend to find out over the next few days. Join mEee on the ride.

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  1. Mike Cane Says:

    The hp Mini Note gave you a hunchback and a squint.

    Will this one give you gnarled fingers with its smaller keyboard?

  2. Don M Says:

    Looking forward to getting my XP PC 900 tomorrow. I have the 701 but the screen is just too small and the mouse pad? Pffff.
    Hopefully the 900 will be more PC :)

  3. kd Says:

    my goodness Joanna Stern you’re a hottie.
    *AND* a techie with an eee pc 900?
    no offense but uh, i want some of that.
    the released atom based 901 pictures are depressing me.
    i already ordered a 900 and there is already a better model coming out.

  4. Crispin Salfarlie Says:

    I’ve ordered my E900 from PC World for £313 (with a voucher) and it arrives this Monday morning. I decided against waiting for the Atom chipped E900. The promise of a longer battery life isn’t a sure thing especially as the first Atom UMPCs don’t seem to offer this. Anyway, my main laptop can now stay at home and my E900 with mobile internet from 3 can come with me everywhere – I can’t wait for Monday :o)

  5. kd Says:

    I have mine.
    I love it.
    it shipped with the 5800 mAh battery.
    the only problem I have is with the webcam application in the linux version of the 900, it straight up blows chunks.

    i know it is not a hardware problem because the webcam on the 900 XP was sterling on the floor model.

    this is an ogg vorbis video codec problem. as it is, its seconds per frame, instead of frames per second.

    I’ve sent Asus two emails about this issue hoping they’ll resolve it.

    otherwise i’m going to throw ubuntu on it and be done with the xandros.

    but again, i love the laptop otherwise, and it turns heads and attracts attention.

    a beautiful woman like joanna stern is used to that kind of attention, but I am not–just a regular guy.

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