Summary: For an ultra-light netbook, the ASUS 701SD does what I expect it to. The included applications all run smoothly and allow the user to browse the web with ease. Just don't expect to do any serious work on a netbook like this. If you are simply wanting a low cost device to keep yourself connected when away from your main system, this is a great option.
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Pros: » Low cost, » Easy to use, » Works well for what it is, » Solid state storage
Summary: The bottom line is that the entire series of EEE PC netbooks are pretty cool, fun, and easy to use; and the refurbished EEE PC 4G 701 netbook is no different. If you are looking for a low cost, light weight device to keep you connected when you are away from your main computer, this is a great option. lists the refurbished ASUS EEE PC 4G 701 netbook for $244.99, and it must be a popular item since it seems to go in and out of stock quite often.
Pros: » Attractively priced, » Fun and easy to use, » Handles all of the basics with ease, » Wired and wireless network connectivity for easy online communication, » Highly accessorizable, » Active user base develops upgrades, modifications, and software changes, » Netbook and accessories could pass as new
Cons: » Packaging was less than impressive, » 90-day warranty, » No expansion slot for an extra SSD (solid state drive)
Conclusion: It's hard not to like the Eee PC 4G. What it does, it does well. It lacks high end features like a touch screen, biometric security and WAN networking like the HTC Shift , but the Shift costs 4x more. Though some clearance 15" notebooks can be found for $500, they aren't nearly as portable as the Eee PC, and we applaud ASUS for bringing the UMPC or ultra-portable to the masses. At $399 many folks can afford one, and it makes a useful second machine.
Pros: Light, small (but not too small) and sturdy. Very affordable. Good connectivity with WiFi, Ethernet and a modem. Can run Internet, productivity and even video apps respectably. Familiar OS, can run Windows programs. Flash drive is fast, quiet and durable-- won't crash due to motion or shock. WiFi range is good for an ultraportable. Mouse, neoprene carry case and restore DVD are in the box: excellent.
Cons: 4 gig hard drive is too small for Windows XP, Office suite and a small collection of additional programs without nearly running out of space. Low resolution means windows and dialogs sometimes run off screen making the OK and cancel buttons elusive. Trackpad button is super-stiff and hard to use.
micro notebook computer with 7-inch screen, 4GB Flash memory disk space
Consumer Electronics Net
13 March 2008
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Excerpt: ASUS Eee PC 4G XP Review & Video Hands-On It has a few flaws, but ASUS' newest mini-notebook delivers the familiarity of Windows and good performance at a very low price. ASUS Eee PC Product Diary: 5 Days With the Eee PC Can the Eee PC replace your notebook? Staff Writer Jeffrey Wilson used an Eee PC 4G Surf as his primary comptuer forfive straight days and lived to tell about it.
Excerpt: But there’s good news and bad news about this new laptop. First, the bad news for you half-empty type of people. At Laptopical, we’re used to talking about supercomputers disguised as laptops-gaming and business computers built for big needs and bigger budgets. The Eee is not one of them. It really can’t even compare to other ultramobile notebooks.
Conclusion: The 4G is available at online outlets including J&R , Newegg.com , and BestBuy.com . Soon, it'll have company as Asus rolls out Eees at other price points. The 4G Surf ($350) resembles our 4GB flash/512MB memory model but drops the webcam and comes with a smaller battery. The 2G Surf cuts further, with only a 2GB solid-state drive and 256MB of RAM for $300. A flagship Eee 8G with an 8GB drive, 1GB of system memory, and the webcam and larger battery will cost $500.
Summary: To PC Advisor , the ultra-small, ultra-lightweight computer remains the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, you generally still pay a premium for miniaturisation. The £220 Asus Eee PC 701 shatters that perception, though.
Summary: In the end, the Eee PC is the single most impressive notebook we’ve seen priced below $400. The technical specs might look sub par, but the usability and overall performance of the Eee PC rivals notebooks costing several thousand dollars more. Granted, you can’t install Photoshop on this little notebook and you can forget about playing Bioshock on this thing, but the Eee PC can do just about everything you “need” to do with a notebook while on the go.
Excerpt: This past weekend a circular advertised a Vista-powered laptop equipped with a Celeron processor, 14.1-inch display, an 80GB hard drive, and a DVD drive for only $399. For the same price, the Asus Eee PCoffers the same amount of RAM and Celeron processor but a smaller seven-inch display, a measly 4GB of storage space, and no DVD drive. And yet there's no way we would give up this two-pound wonder for a "regular" notebook.