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4.0 out of 5 stars Good travel companion, 1 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 900 WF001 8.9-inch Netbook, Linux Preloaded, 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD (White) (Electronics)
Good points:

This laptop is light and fits easily into a bag. The OS is responsive enough for usage, it has a few games to keep you occupied, but in my opinion the best bits are

1) WiFi ready
2) Reads Memory Cards
3) Has USB ports
4) Price

Sounds common and simple, but let me explain. It's wifi ready so you don't have to fiddle around as you do on other distros of Linux.

It reads memory cards, so you don't need your camera's cable. Just take the card out, slot it in, copy the files off. You've now saved space in your bag. It further means that you can read files off your phone's card by slotting it in.

It has USB ports - which means that (for most phones these days) you don't have to carry your phone's charger. Just plug the phone into USB and let it charge off there.

The laptop's own charger is a miniature version of the chargers you see on normal laptops, it's smaller and lighter.

Price - it's cheap. It's a netbook. If you're looking for a laptop which you only want to show off in coffee shops while doing nothing of productivity, get a Macbook. If you want to actually do things, then think about the EEE PC - it's cheap, it's a netbook and you can forget about it until your next vacation.

Bad points:

Yes, it does have its problems.

The first one is that of heat. It gets hot quite fast. Not too hot, but hot enough for you to notice.

The second is battery - if you unplug and start using wifi, the battery gets drained fast. Whenever I unplugged it, I made sure that I turned the wifi off as soon as I was done.

For slightly advanced users - Xandros' apt-get is very limited, it has no yum, it has no rpm. It was practically impossible to install anything on it. I suggest that you install Eeebuntu on this instead.
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