When I first agreed to abandon my notebook for the Asus Eee PC, the only trepidation I faced was in regards to the Liliputian keyboard. After spending three days with the little-notebook-that-could, I can honestly say that my fears were indeed warranted. While I must admit that I’ve somewhat adjusted, nothing beats the comfort of a full-sized keyboard (and a trackpad and mouse buttons that don’t feel as though they were crafted by a team of designers with the smallest hands in known history). My breaking point arrived today while trying to swiftly type up an article, so I could join a couple of co-workers in some after-hours shenanigans. It seemed that the Eee PC’s keyboard did everything within its power to slow me down. As my tensions mounted, I turned to our Editorial Assistant for, well, assistance. She heard my story of frustration, disappeared into our storage room, and returned with the Logitech G15 USB keyboard. I nominate her for sainthood. Remembering that I had a USB mouse stashed away in my apartment, I figured I could put one and one together to form a dynamic duo that would replicate the feel of a larger notebook quite nicely. I joined my colleagues for an after work get together confident that I would be able to blow through work at home.
I did, and it was triumphant. The Asus Eee PC instantly recognized both input devices and I rocked on. My fingers stroked the keys with the accuracy of a well-honed marksman as I finished my assignment in OpenOffice. It may come off as a bit odd to use a keyboard that dwarfs the notebook it’s attached to, but it’s all good. The addition of the keyboard and mouse felt so much like the desktop experience that I now want to cobble together a makeshift desktop. The Eee PC has a VGA port. Monitors offer VGA connections. Oh, this is going to be so, so sweet.