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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little netbook if you use SD card and reduce unnnecessary memmory ussage, 18 April 2013
This review is from: Asus Eee PC X101CH 10.1 inch Netbook - White (Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 320GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Starter) (Personal Computers)
BE AWARE YOU CANNOT EXPAND THE 1GB RAM ON THIS MODEL....but can work around this.

I read allot of reviews and compared allot of the other netbooks and found that this overall was the best one, certainly for the price and the fact that it was a LED screen and could play HD content. One thing I noticed was that there was allot of criticism and bad reviews about this particular model and yet there were some really positive reviews and how they were loving it so was confused as to which to believe!I am of the latter now after a few weeks use. I can definitely understand why the people who hated this model why they did with such a passion!

Straight out of the box if you were only to do light browsing and use Microsoft word you would be fine and would certainly have a good experience, but when you start pushing it and want to multi task and use it as you would like a full blown pc or laptop that's where the problems start but I knew this as the clue was in the 1gb ram and title "NETBOOK".

The problem lies with the 1gb ram WHICH CANNOT BE EXPANDED as the ram is soldered to the board so no slot to remove and upgrade, I don't know why probably due to costs or something. I'd read beforehand that you can improve windows performance by using ready boost by inserting a SD card or even a USB stick, the extra memory is used by windows to install data that would normally be stored on the ram, it certainly helps particularly if you will be installing lots of programs, you can only use up to 4036mb which is about 3gb so you only need a SD card or USB with at least 4gb anything more is a waste. The next thing I did was to set about reducing the memory usage by deleting and turning off various services programs and settings, having done all this I've managed to get memory usage from about 700mb down to about 500mb!! and still finding things to improve speed wise. So its no wonder when straight out of the box if you were to stick a heavy anti virus software and anti-spy ware and go onto open several tabs this thing would crawl and crash!! BTW DONT USE CHROME yes it is fast and better browser but it comes at a cost and uses allot of resources it would be fine on a desktop or laptop but not a tiny netbook stick to IE 10 its just as fast and uses less resources.

Having done all this messing about with settings and putting a 8gb SDHC card for ready boost this laptop pretty much functions as a normal PC and I'm using it as such from watching films, downloading, browsing arranging music, films. But don't get carried away its not never gonna compete with the full blown laptops so don't expect to be editing HD videos or playing PC games on this, but then I never bought this for that! But as of now I'm using it normally as I would with my desktop! with the bonus its just as light and small as a mac air!!

Of course if you are technically minded you could put Linux on this and would be able to play with the big boys comfortably on it.

If you aren't confident with computers and just want something that will work seamlessly THEN THS NETBOOK is not for you JUST BUY A TABLET. But if you are willing to put in the effort and don't mind tinkering with computers then this laptop will exceed your expectations of a tiny 1gb netbook and love it!!

Not a 5 star as its far from perfect but loving it.
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Initial post: 25 May 2013 12:13:00 BDT
Joo says:
Can you tell me how you set the card up with readyboost please?

Posted on 25 May 2013 14:33:49 BDT
streetyson says:
The ram is fixed (i.e. not upgradable) partly for cost (of course, as ever with such things) but probably mainly because the unit is fanless and increasing ram to do more work only increases heat, so they didn't want people adding more internal ram or making other customisations (the hard-drive is non-standard too, being thinner than usual) for fear of taking the heat signature above the designed max workable limits.

However, I'd be interested to know whether using an SDHC card for extra ram increases the unit's overall heat - I assume it must do so at least a little as it will enable the processor to do more work, but how much hotter?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 14:46:05 BDT
Mr. P. Hoang says:
Sure its pretty easy usually when you stick the sd card or even usb, a window wil automatically popup with various options like open folder etc... but one of the options will be for selecting readyboost just click that and you will see option to select "do you want to dedicate this to use readyboost" just select and will automatically set your sd card to be used as readyboost. If for some reason the popup window doesnt come up you can still select readyboost by going to my computer select the drive the sd card is on eg: F then right click and you will see option use readyboost.

You can use a usb but since I want it to use permanently I dont want a usb sticking out of the laptop constantly plus using a sdhc class 10 the access times are faster. Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 15:07:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2013 21:51:29 BDT
Mr. P. Hoang says:
To tell the truth I have no idea, I have used it with and without a sdcard and it gets hot regardless since it is fanless, I did not notice any significant increase if any but the level of heat is not extreme and no more than any normal laptop would produce but I am aware it being fanless to make sure it is well ventilated and has a good circulation of air around it. I have had it sittng on my lap and it does get hot very quick as it relies on the external air to cool it. I have used it happily for extended periods constantly 4hrs+ watching films browsing without adverse effects or extreme heating. Its not really designed to be a work horse but I ve used it intensively for 4hrs+ and it seems to cope with it I can only say after 1 year or so if there are any adverse effects! but to date its been working perfectly for me for the last 3 months fingers crossed.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 15:12:55 BDT
Joo says:
Thank you for your help and fast reply. Much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 15:39:26 BDT
Mr. P. Hoang says:
Btw Ive got memmory ussage down to between 400-450mb now! Before it was hovering about 600 -700mb. Boot from cold is 19sec from restart 14seconds, skype works like a dream on it, defintely will be taking it on holiday with me due to how light and portable it is. Not sure how it will cope with being lugged about and banged in a rucksack but will find out in time!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 08:49:04 GMT
hfffoman says:
I wouldn't expect an SD card to generate much heat. The tradeoff is that it isn't as fast as RAM. However it is faster than the hard drive which Windows is using to make up for the shortage of RAM and causing the slowdown. So it is a better solution, and that's why it is more expensive per GB than a hard drive.
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