Asus Eee-PC 900 – 3/Sep/08

ASUS eee-pc 900 This laptop can be summed up in one word: “Cute”. It’s just perfect for traveling:

  • 9 inch screen
  • Weights only 1KG
  • Solid-state disk drive (very bump/knock resistant)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Built in camera for Skyping
  • Card Reader so you can store holiday snaps.

I bought this laptop for two reasons, firstly to help plan our road trip as we went and secondly so I could write a journal without doing it on paper then spending ages typing it up like I did when we went to Europe. It worked very well for both these requirements and it also kept us entertained. One evening we watched a episode of TrueBlood in our tent whilst in quite a scary campsite in Canyon Du Chelly (with lots of stray dogs)! However, it definitely lacked performance. It was slow to boot into XP and felt sluggish to use, for example menus would have a delay before popping up and it couldn’t handle viewing photos from our camera at all quickly. Putting Linux on it might have improved it a lot but not enough for me to be impressed. I did want the 901 model (which has a 1.6GHz CPU instead of this 900MHz) but it wasn’t in any of the US shops (and we looked all round Los Angeles).

What did this laptop cost? We bought it in “BestBuy” for $500 (£270) including tax and we sold it on Ebay 7 weeks later for £180 but we had Ebay fees of £16.33 (listing: £1.79, postage: £8.22, PayPal: £6.32) so the end result is that we rented this for the US trip for £106. It was worth every penny considering how convenient it was for planning our trip and for how much time and money we would have spent in Internet cafes if we didn’t have it.

One response to “Asus Eee-PC 900 – 3/Sep/08”

  1. little tikes

    It was well worth of purchasing some time ago but now there are many new and better models available.

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