Testing and Conclusion
The keys are quite small even for my small hands, I mean you can easily type on them but don’t expect the same speed and pricision as when you work on a bigger laptop. I can see this being a superb tool for computer technicians to have with them to work or business men that want to work in a airplane or somewhere else with limited space.
The small leds on the bottom right will tell you when the WIFI is on or when the EEE is powered up. It will also tell you when you are running out of battery.
The mouse works very well and the buttons are very easy to push. I find this touchpad to actually work better than the one on my laptop. With the laptop you also get a built in 1.3 megapixel webcam.
I have done some testing and with sufficient light the webcam is not bad at all but as soon as you start losing the light the picture gets pixelated and ends up with bad quality, I also wish you could flip the camera or turn it a bit so you dont have to flip the screen back and forth to adjust the webcamera.
On the left side of the laptop you will find four ports which includes a LAN, USB and soundports. The soundcard ports are color coded so the pink one is for the mic while the green one is for the speakers.
On the right side Asus has mounted one VGA connector along with two USB ports so there is three available ports. There is also a SD memory reader on the right side, you will have to remove the SD card cover first to gain access to it.
Sizewise this thing is tiny, on the picture we are comparing it vs my Acer Aspire with a 15.4 inch screen. You can see that the EEE almost fits on the keyboard part of the Aspire.
I can’t personally see how you work on one of these as I feel the 15 inch monitor on the Aspire is almost to small but I guess alot of people do it. It is mobile atleast, and it is able to perform most functions that a normal laptop does.
If you look closer at the left picture you will see what I talked about earlier, I wish the webcam could be rotated like the one on the Acer. The picture on the monitor is very clear even at max resolution. You can play around with the screen settings but my eyes feel comfortable at the standard settings and max resolutions. With a battery time of 6 hours and a balanced mode your battery time wont decrease to much even with a brighter screen.
The screen has crisp and clear colors when surfing the net and I actually got used to the smaller screen size. Rbmods looks quite good on the monitor at 1024*768 resolution which is the max setting for this screen.
We tested the monitor for normal surfing and also did some gaming and the screen does not lag bad at all. Overall I like this device although it is a tad to slow for my needs but I am sure there are people that don’t want the latest and fastest EEE.
If you need a small laptop maybe a EEE is a good choice although I would recommend a faster one than this. It came with WindowsXp installed which was nice and it did not seem to slow down the EEE at all although the hardware is not the fastest on this specific EEE. Overall though I can see some use for it especially for computer technicians that need a bunch of software at work. I could also see people that travel alot using something like this especially with the security rules these days when you have to unpack your laptop at every security check point and have it scanned. As said I can see some use for this and it worked out fine for what we tested it with but personally I won’t be going for a EEE. However, I am sure many will as it is a high quality machine with most of the features that you need with a laptop. The battery time is of course not something to forget also, 6 hours of movies or work on a airplane makes the trip alot shorter.
+ Good battery time
+ Good screen
+ Well packed
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