Asus Eee PC is one of the smallest PC presently on the market and is very popular due to its relatively low price. Because of its light weight and small size it has become a secondary PC for many and is extremely suitable for traveling. It has everything a PC should have except for a hard drive.
There are 3 models with different RAMs and storage capacities: 512 MB with 2 GB, 512 MB with 4 GB and 1 GB with 8 GB.
The Asus Eee PC are not appropriate for multimedia storage in particular videos and photos due to its low memory storage capacity. Use of external flash drives can expand the storage but will in no way reach the 100 to 250 GB, which are now common for notebooks.
We bought the 8 GB Asus with1 GB Ram and here is our personal evaluation of it.
We like its size and weight. There are time we can hold it with one hand and type with the other one.
It boots up in less than 30 seconds and responds pretty fast. The Asus Eee runs on Linux and it needs a while to get use to its desktop. It is not possible to place short cuts, there is however a favorite tab to place some short cuts for applications.
We believe the 7″ screen could have been much larger since there is 1 inch border all around. It is a waste of prime space. The larger the display the easier it is to navigate. Because of its small view it is necessary to scroll down often and that’s not very convenient.
The Linux desktop uses tabs to separate the different applications. There are basically all the applications one needs.
There is also an integrated webcam and microphone. Skype can be used to make phone calls if required. We didn’t try it.
WiFi reception is good. It has GPRS too. Unfortunately there is no Bluetooth 2.0. It has been shown that is possible to add an internal 3G HSDPA card to the Asus Eee. This will allow it to connect at high speeds to the Internet from anywhere in the world with 3G cellphone coverage. There would be no need to depend on WiFi hot spots.
The Asus Eee PC warms up like all notebooks but it is still bearable. We would have preferred if it generates less heat.
The keyboard is undoubtedly small and you may have to work with a few fingers only, depending on the size of your hands.
Although the Asus Eee is not slow it is definitely not for gamers. The sound is surprisingly loud for its size.
If you are considering having a notebook the Asus Eee PC is not the right PC for you. It is too limited in term of storage capacity and probably too small to work comfortably with.
However it is so cheap (around $350 for lowest model) it can be used as a companion or spare PC, something you can carry along wherever you go, enabling you to have access to the internet.
Ease of use: 3.5
Construction Quality: 3.0
Overall: 3.25 out of 5