Asus Eee PC 900A Atom N270 1.6GHz 1GB 4GB SSD 8.9" Netbook Linux
25 July 2009
Conclusion: The Asus Eee PC 900A is a nice little computer really that can be lots of fun and even useful, it’s not going to replace your desktop or even a high end laptop, but for basic stuff it works well. There are problems with it, but they can be easily remedied by either upgrading the hardware or installing another operating system, there are many sites out there devoted to this little netbook with a wealth of information on how to make the most of it and get it running much...
Pros: Integrated memory card reader to add more space, Easy to use, Inexpensive, Lightweight and portable, Even though it’s a refurb it looks brand new, Can be upgraded easily
Cons: Very limited space, Cannot uninstall updates and many of the programs you might not want or need, Auto update downloads all updates and fills drive, When drive is full system slows to a crawl and becomes unresponsive for tens of seconds at a time
Conclusion: The EeePC 900 is now $550, but you get an extra 16GB SSD drive, a wider 8.9-inch screen, and 1GB of RAM.
Pros: Amazing bargain. Added an extra 16GB SSD drive. Wider screen. Designed like any other high-end laptop. Integrated webcam. Three USB ports. Good speakers. Xandros Linux is speedy and solid. Comprehensive software bundle.
Cons: Not powerful enough to stream audio and video from an external optical drive. Cramped keyboard. Terrible mouse buttons.
Conclusion: If you want to get your hands on a small notebook for the cheapest price possible and are comfortable installing a different OS onto the system, then you can't do better than the Asus Eee PC 900A. In terms of price the Eee PC 900A deserves a score of 9/10, but in terms of productivity I can only give it a 5/10. Overall I give this netbook a rating of 6/10.
Summary: The Linux-powered ASUS Eee PC 900 markedly improves on an already solid mini-notebook. Though the system is $150 more than its predecessor and has an hour less of battery life, those longing for an ultra-mobile system that sports a larger screen and more storage space will find the Eee PC 900 attractive.
Summary: Maybe less of an impulse buy as the original Asus Eee PC 701 model when its price was closer to £200, the Asus Eee PC 900 is nevertheless a very attractive proposition for anyone looking for ultra-compact computing. Well-built, stylish and relatively powerful on its chosen ground, the expansion of the screen especially means it has really expanded its 'want one' allure.
Conclusion: The Eee PC is certainly an interesting product, and is a very good product for just $400 USD. That said, its usability is somewhat limited by its small screen, small storage and Linux environment. Thankfully, Asus has already announced the next version will run Windows XP, have a larger display and a 12GB hard drive.
Pros: Decent battery life; highly portable; lots of useful software
Cons: Tiny keyboard is hard to type on; screen is very small; system is not for everyone
Summary: Even if you've never used Linux before, the Linux version of the Eee PC 900 is worth considering. It's more expensive than the Windows XP version, but it does have a larger internal storage capacity, and we feel that it's easier to use.
Pros: 1024x600 resolution, 20GB solid-state hard drive, easy to use, quiet, very easy to carry
Cons: Hard to type on, no Express Card slot, mixed results when playing video files