I now have one of the new ASUS Eee PC units to try out and I really like it. They can purchased from Memory Express or from The Source by Circuit City starting as low as $299. I now have the 8GB model for $499. A student pointed out that I can double the RAM from 512 MB on the 4GB model to 1GB by replacing the RAM chip for a $25 1GB chip.
I have also found a couple of interesting sites that help you to learn more about this unit:
- Asus's own learn about the EeePC site.
- Here is a easy guide from the site above
- Here is a EEEPC User Community site. complete with forums where to ask questions about the machine.
- An online simulation of the software interface, menus and apps on the unit.
- It is small, light weight and inexpensive.
- It is Linux based and liberates me from MS.
- It comes with Open Office installed which I am getting to like much better than MS Office.
- It is designed to be a portable Web browser. I now use more Web-based apps than installed and this would work great for me.
- It is flexible, you can change the software on it, add SD Memory and it comes with 3 USB 2 ports.
- This also would be a great computer for my daughter, who is in grade one. It is easy to use, durable and comes loaded with lots of software.
Earlier in March, Asus announced that they are coming out with a 9" screen version in June (the current version has a 7" screen) that will come with 1GB or RAM and 8 GB or 12 GB of SST Hard Drives. Not only is the screen better but the resolution on it will be 1024x600, while the current one is 800x480. As best that I can tell, the size the unit is only slightly larger.
If you have one, let us know by posting a comment.