|ASUS Eee 8G PC 8GB SSD Notebook|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Joe McGuire - tinfoilmusic.net - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 06 April 2008|
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ASUS Eee 8G PC
ASUS has created a huge wave in the sub-notebook & portable Internet device markets with their Eee PC. Sub-notebooks are normally wonderfully exotic looking hardware for delightfully high prices. Well, exotic until one looks at the specs. The MacBook air is a great example - it looks like a killer machine until one looks at the combination of the lackluster specs and a price that makes even the most enthusiastic Mac fan blush. As for portable Internet devices, the Nokia N series is the first that comes to mind. Granted, they are really fantastic machines with excellent screens and software, but I am a bit old school I suppose. I still want a real keyboard. The Nokia N810 is close, but like my HTC TyTN, the keyboard is good for casual data entry and not suitable for long sessions of messaging, IRC or typing out documents or spreadsheets. The Nokia and other portable devices tend to also be pretty light on specifications, unless one is willing to pay the obscene price that OQO wants for their sub-sub-notebook.
One may then look at the ASUS Eee (and the similar devices that have since come along) and wonder what took so long? They certainly aren't powerhouse machines with performance lagging all but the most basic Pentium 4, not to mention any other CPU that came to market in the past three or four years. The EEE could have easily been produced years ago, minus the SSD. There is only 8GB of storage on the top-end model, and a meager 2GB on the cheapest. All but the high-end models come with a limiting 512MB of RAM as well. Storage expansion is pretty good though, with an SD card reader capable of SDHC as well as 3 USB2.0 ports for memory sticks. Expanding storage inside isn't going to happen unless your skills with a soldiering iron approach ninja-like, though I am told the 8GB model I'm tapping this story out on is equipped with storage stuck in a mini-PCIE slot rather than soldiered onto the motherboard. I'll confirm when my touchscreen mod comes in.
ASUS Eee Features
Mobility & Reliability
Ease & Technology
Work & Connectivity
Media & Entertainment
Eee 8G Pearl White Specifications