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Quick follow-up on the ASUS EeePC 901 (see post #91 for first impressions).

Still loving it. I am consistently getting 5 to 7 hrs battery life, depending on whether I have wireless, bluetooth and bright LCD all cranked up.

It's very nicely designed and, as I get used to it, appreciate the handy features such as easy performance tools on the top row. I've just discovered the SD / SDHC reader capability. It easily reads pictures from a digital camera and, if one wanted to, can add a dedicated "hard drive" through this slot, adding up to 32 GB storage (16 GB SDHD cards are currently about $130).

Of course, it takes USB drives as well ... I saw 8 GB sticks for $20 at one of the big box electronic stores yesterday. That would store a heck of a lot of tunes for travelling.

You can even alter the orientation of the screen, making it vertical for reading e-books.
 

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A new edition of the Asus Eee PC 901 is coming out next month with HSDPA capability. That will allow you to use a wireless stick for around $30/mth and get 3G wireless service on this winning laptop. Bravo, again.
 

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I've noticed the local prices (in spite of the iccky Canadian dollar recently) of the ASUS EeePC 901 models are down about $100 -- to abt $499 instead of $599.

BTW, I added a $20 SDHD 8 GB card for additional storage (and security -- you can put all your files on it and store the card separately) and I was pleased that even a Class 4 card plays back video (Divx) flawlessly.

No sign of the HSPA models locally yet but they are now shipping in some markets. With a Rogers data plan, you can could use WiFi or HSPA cell networks and get up to 7 mbps. I am thinking of doing that, but I'd have to get a "Rocket" USB dongle because I have the "older" model 901.

I took the netbook on a business trip recently and found I could do all the office stuff I needed to but without lugging around a full-size laptop or the risk of sensitive files being transported and lost. Plus the 6 hr battery using wireless/bluetooth really does deliver; longer if you turn those resources off.

Gee! Five months with this toy and still in the honeymoon phase! ;)
 

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Maybe I can get some help here. Dad has an Eee 900, with XP. The C drive has 4GB. That's the faster drive. The D drive has 8GB. And then there's the external drive on the SD card...another 16GB.

Ignoring the external drive....The C drive is full, mostly with just XP. The D drive only has 2GB used. I'd like to "transfer" 5GB of the D drive to the C drive. I'm picturing using some kind of partitioning program. But I don't want to reload programs on the computer.

I see a free program called Partition Logic on the net. Could I use this to accomplish what I want?
 

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Partitioning won't work, because both c: and d: actually refer to two separate physical drives. It's not one drive partitioned into two pieces.
 

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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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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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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.

Recommended.
 

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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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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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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.
 

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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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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.

john
 
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