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post #106 of 119 (permalink) Old 2008-11-22, 07:18 PM
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If anyone's interested, I've posted a video review of the 900HA on my YouTube channel. The 900HA features an Atom processor, 1 GB of memory, and a 160 GB mechanical hard drive, all packaged in a clone of the original 900's shell. It can be found for under $400 online in Canada.

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post #107 of 119 (permalink) Old 2008-12-12, 09:04 AM
 
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Superb review Francois; convinced me to buy one! With a computer this size, you discover new uses: following online recipes while cooking in the kitchen or as an e-book (forget those magazines) in the bathroom! You have to learn to type using a 4 to 6 finger technique, as it is impossible to use all ten fingers on such a small keyboard. The two 'Shift' keys are truly minute...
The specs mention a screen resolution of 1024 x 600, which is correct, but setting to 1024 x 768 works too; top and bottom mouse movements scroll the image revealing the missing 168 pixel section.
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post #108 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-01-10, 12:46 AM
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One more time with feeling. :-)

I have now had occasion to travel with the ASUS 901 on three occasions, most recently on a two week holiday in a very sunny place. The long battery life, bright screen and built in features (wireless b/g/n, bluetooth) worked flawlessly from airport, to hotel, to favourite local coffee shop. I even equipped it this time with VPN and was able to see, via encrypted tunnelling, my remote desktop at the office. All this in a secure package where nothing is stored locally (or, if it is, on a removable SDHC card carried separately). I was able to grab video and radio without a hitch poolside at the hotel using their wireless DSL.

All this in a form factor about the size of a clutch purse. It even comes in with a cloth pouch which makes it look less techy when on the street (and less attractive to snatch).

Bravo. This is the most fun, and useful, tech toy I have purchased in a long while. Translation: I'm getting my money's worth and having a blast.

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post #109 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-01-12, 12:06 AM
 
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Here's one more for you Eee lovers

Asus Eee Keyboard

Its a PC & Keyboard in one.
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post #110 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-01-12, 09:13 AM
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Nothing new. ZX-81 anybody?
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post #111 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-01-23, 05:49 PM
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I picked up a 900HA from one of the online retailers from Vancouver. Shipped and taxes was about 450 to the door, in Nanaimo. 1 day shipping. After uninstalling much of the useless pre-packaged stuff, I began layering in the software that I would use most often, keeping in mind that the main use was for movie watching on the Ferry, airplane, editing pictures while travelling, checking email, surfing the web, etc...

I gotta say, its easily worth the sub 400 price point it was advertised.
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post #112 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-01-23, 07:09 PM
 
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Nothing new. ZX-81 anybody?
Maybe not but doing a google search of the ZX-81 show's a picture of this thing holding a door open :P
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post #113 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-01-24, 09:39 AM
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Mabe I should have said TRS-80 MC-10. The allusion is of most of the 80s home 8-bit computers were all-in-one affairs with a row of ports on the back and/or side.
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post #114 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-05-08, 10:40 PM
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New Eee PC, new review. Enjoy!

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post #115 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-06-23, 09:09 PM
 
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nice review! i'm thinking about buying one of these...

i wonder why you only got 6 hours of battery life while other reviewers have got 9-10.

in any event, anything over 3 hours is great in my mind.

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post #116 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-06-24, 03:23 AM
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Can you get the EEE with 2, or hopefully 3 gigs of RAM? I figure that more RAM ==> less swapping ==> less power consumption by the drive ==> longer battery life.

OTA brings you crystal-clear, uncompressed HDTV, no simsubbing, and the real SuperBowl commercials. You can't get all that on satellite... OR CABLE.
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My battery tests involve keeping the computer under a constant load by playing a series of video files until the battery dies off. I always use the exact same files, and the brightness and volume levels are always set at realistic levels. The test is performed multiple times to confirm the results.

The problem with those 9-10 hour battery results is that they usually involve having the entire computer set at minimal power consumption, with the user doing minimal work. This is NOT how people normally use a computer!

You can easily upgrade the memory on the Eee PC line. They include an acccess panel from which you can swap the SODIMM memory stick and mechanical hard drive. Other netbook brands however don't make it easy for you, requiring you to disassemble the computer and void the warranty in the process.

Officially, you can only go as high as 2 GB on all Atom based netbooks, but there have been reports of people successfully installing 4 GB of memory. However, not all the memory is accessible by the operating system.

For the 900/1000 line, the memory you'll need is DDR2 SODIMM running at 667 MHz. The other DDR2 reference number can be either 5300 or 5400. Technically, it should be 5333, but different manufacturers round it up or down.
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Francois Caron .... thanks so much for sharing those great video reviews -- they are exceptional, and so helpful.
To someone like me, they could not have come at a better time -- I'm presently "looking and wondering" about getting such a machine (for personal travel), and really trying to 'weigh' features, price, performance, etc. Now to find a retailer that has what I think could be 'the' one I want 'in stock' - that might be the most difficult part?!!
But for 'what' to buy, you (and others) have sure helped to make my 'job' easier!!
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post #119 of 119 (permalink) Old 2009-06-26, 09:22 PM
 
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looks like another new asus eee is coming out. the 1005ha. looks like a very slick unit with even longer battery life than the 1000he. i think i'm going to pull the trigger on that one...

does anyone here have hands on experience with it? i wouldn't think so, since i don't think it's out yet, but you never know.

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