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Great little netbook
on 17 December 2010
Bought this about 4 months ago and have given it a good workout before writing a review.
Compared to other netbooks I've used this is a great little computer. The keyboard is fantastic, with widely spaced keys and the touchpad, which supports multi-touch gesturing, is easy to use too.
Having Windows 7 (Starter Edition) is handy and it doesn't feel encumbered with performance problems. That said, this laptop has been designed for portability and not performance so don't expect everything to happen instantaneously - a little patience does often have to be observed.
The ExpressGate option provides a quick way of getting onto the Internet if you don't want to wait for Windows to boot each time (approx 5-10 secs instead of about 75 secs.)
The only problem I've had with it is a intermittent issue where it wouldn't shut-down or go into hibernation when I wanted. I eventually traced this to a combination of a 1GB memory upgrade and the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine (SHE). The problem only appears to occur if you install addition memory from Crucial, but is easily fixed by uninstalling the ASUS SHE software - and I didn't notice any reduction is battery life as a result.