Webometric Thoughts

October 7, 2008

Mini-laptops are not all the same!

Filed under: 701,Acer Aspire One,Eee PC 901,RM minibook — admin @ 9:02 am

It is eleven months since I got my Eee PC, and I have never regretted it for a moment. Admittedly I now find myself coveting my girlfriend’s Eee 901, but my only real complaint with the 701 is the touchpad button is rather worn from over-use.

Unfortunately not everyone has been so lucky with their choice in mini-laptops. Kim has been lamenting his choice of the Acer Aspire One on his blog:

“It wasn’t quite stable on any flat surface.”

“The fan was so loud that I would be embarassed to use my Aspire One in some meetings or conferences.”

Admittedly I was lucky: The Eee PC was the only mini-laptop on offer when I bought mine so I didn’t have to make any tough choices. But as everyone tries to gain a slice of the budget-mini-laptop market some corners will be cut, so you are probably better off buying a brand that has an established reputation in the mini-laptop market rather than one of the newer entrants. If only Kim had listened….

July 31, 2008

Eee PC 901 (XP) v. Eee PC 701 (Linux)

Filed under: 701,Eee PC 901,Linux,RM minibook,XP — admin @ 1:48 pm

Finally, after weeks of waiting, my girlfriend’s Eee PC 901 arrived this morning.

First impressions of the 901 are that it’s very impressive; rather than a cheap budget laptop, it looks and feels like a small quality laptop.

Whereas the 701 seemed to be a good way of Linux spreading out to the masses, the 901 with Windows XP is likely to slow Linux’s spread. Comparing the Eee 901 with my (rather aged) 701 finds that the 901 just about wins a boot-up contest.

Yes, the 701 has been around the block a bit, and the 901 Linux is likely to beat the 901 XP, but with the 901 XP booting in around 35 seconds, its seems likely that people will go for the operating system they are used to.

In conclusion, I want one.

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