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ASUS Eee PC 901 W006 Netbook, Linux Preloaded, 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD (Pearl White)

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  • Built-in Solid State Disk (SSD) technology for quiet operation,energy saving and shock proof mobility
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Exclusive 20Gb online Eee Storage
  • High speed connectivity anywhere with Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Unique design to fit your individual personality

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Technical Details
BrandASUS
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions31 x 25.4 x 8.6 cm
Item model number90OA0BA51211411K224Q
Screen Size8.9 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeAtom N270
RAM Size1 GB
Hard Drive Size20 GB
Hard Disk TechnologySSD
Operating SystemLinux
Average Battery Life (in hours)8 hours
  
Additional Information
ASINB001C9UTKO
Best Sellers Rank 207,383 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 Kg
Date First Available6 July 2008
  
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This Eee PC 901 offers even more options to users for unique user experiences. With its shockproof Solid State Drive (SSD) design, users will be able to enjoy stable and reliable computing on-the-go; while up to 8 hours of battery life, high speed 802.11n connectivity and exclusive 20GB Eee Storage make it the ideal travelling companion for outdoor activities. What´s more, the Eee PC 901 now comes in 6 different designs to fit your unique personality.

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The Eee PC 901 offers even more options to users for unique user experiences. With the shockproof Solid State Drive (SSD) design, users will be able to enjoy stable and reliable computing on-the-go; while up to 8 hours of battery life and high speed 802.11n connectivity make it the ideal travelling companion for outdoor activities. What´s more, the Eee PC 901 now comes in 6 different designs to fit your unique personality. And if that's not enough, the Eee PC 901 comes with free 20Gb online storage space. Using a 'drag and drop' interface, Eee Storage makes sharing your data with family and friends even easier than before.

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I was a little sceptical about some of the other reviews I've read about this machine, but was in urgent need of a small portable machine for remote maintenance of a server farm, so I decided to give one of these a try...

The keyboard, though small, is OK, and has a good "feel" to it. The touchpad is just what you'd expect - functional, but I still prefer a trackball! The display is remarkably bright, and can be used outdoors on sunny days. The wi-fi works well, and was able to connect to my WPA2 home and office networks without fuss. The machine feels well made, and I have no concerns about broken lid hinges (unlike with most other laptops). Battery life is not exceptional, but I get 5 hours usually.

The supplied Xandros OS is perfectly fine for 99% of users - it will do all they want. Web browsing, emailing, word processing and all the other basic tasks are easily handled with the supplied software. Adding software (as I had to) is easily done, and the price of software is "just right" (free)!

If you're in the market for a small, lightweight netbook, you can't do better. There is NO POINT in buying the Windows version - it comes without useful software and is crippled by the bloated, insecure and unstable nature of Windows.

PS: All you Windows diehards - there's not much you need to learn to make the move to this type of Linux. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the speed and stability of the operating system and software, and will probably want to migrate your home Windows box to (at least) a "dual-boot" when you've tried this! Remember - there are no Linux viruses to worry about.
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By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2008
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It was love at first sight when I first started using my eee PC 901 nearly two months ago, and I'm still happy.

Everything about this machine works well from straight out of the box. The build quality feels very nice and the keyboard, though small, is perfectly functional. The Linux OS (complete with other preinstalled goodies such as OpenOffice, Firefox, skype and a few basic games) mean that this really is fully usable from the outset.

The battery life - at over 5 hours - is not to be sneezed at... and, bless them (should you happen to sneeze) the bods at Asus have very kindly provided you with a wiping cloth so that you can keep your Eee PC clean! (although the supplied slipcover case is handier, adding to the out of the box portability of the product.)

Having lived with Windows from 3.11 onwards, I was worried about how well I would cope with Linux... I needn't have been. I turn my netbook on and within seconds of entering my password I'm looking at a fully loaded OS, without an hourglass in sight. I don't feel the absence of Windows at all when using my 901. Instead, I'm pleased that I opted for the larger SSD version and took a chance on Linux!
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I bought the original eee 701, and was so happy with it, that when they updated it to cover most of the disadvantages of the original, I bought the 901. It has improved in the following areas: bigger screen, better CPU, 5 times more disk, twice as much memory, bluetooth, Wifi N, twice as much battery power, and these improvements have cost me an extra eur70 (and a little extra weight).

In brief: Intel Atom processor at 1.6GHz, that adjusts its speed according to what you are doing, 1G memory, 20G (flash) disk, with over 16Gig free, 9 inch/23cm 1024x600 colour screen, VGA out (up to 2048x2048), 3xUSB, ethernet, Wifi N, webcam, 2 built-in mics, stereo speakers, mic in/headphone out, SD card reader. Weighs about 1.1kg/2½lbs. Battery life is amazing with 5 hours flat out use, or 8 hours web browsing.

It runs a version of Linux (Xandros) with by default a simple user interface. Includes Skype (with video), Openoffice, Firefox, multi-service instant messenger (Pidgin, includes IRC), PDF, email of course, video/music/sound/photos etc.

The speed: I ran dhrystone, a standard computer speed measurement program, and it came out at well over 1 million dhrystones, which approaches the speed of my 2 year old work laptop. It boots super fast, of the order of 20 seconds. It is quiet, having no hard disk, but it does have a (quiet) fan.

I have added a 16Gb SD card for eur35, giving me a total of 36G 'disk' space (the half of my work laptop). The wireless mouse I found on the local street market for eur5 works out of the box. I easily connected via bluetooth to my mobile phone, and so can connect to the internet anywhere I have phone coverage.
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Netbooks are always a compromise between size and usability, and for me the 901 is just right. The screen is large enough for comfortable viewing, the keyboard is very usable once you adapt to the size, and the whole machine is very compact - about the size of a hardback book. Battery life is also good - between 4.5 and 7 hours depending on whether you have wi-fi enabled, and the solid state disks are much more rugged than conventional magnetic drives.

All in all I really love this little machine, but the affair only started after I replaced the default Xandros operating system with Ubuntu-eee. Xandros may be OK if you are happy with the bundled applications and don't want to add or change anything, but it isn't designed to be adapted or configured, and overall it is a poor advert for Linux. Many of the included applications are also out of date.

Installing Ubuntu-eee instead transforms the eee PC 901 into a versatile and surprisingly fast alternative to a full-size notebook. Storage is limited (4GB for system and programs, 16GB for data) but you can insert a 16GB SDHC card (around £20) and/or use an external hard drive. I also bought a USB CD/DVD drive which works perfectly and does not need a separate power supply.

So the machine itself would get five stars but, as supplied, it loses a mark for the second rate OS. It's not too difficult to replace this, however, and costs nothing.
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