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Old 08-03-2008, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Has anyone used the ASUS Eee PC 2GB Surf 7" Mini Notebook Computer with Linux? It has gotten good reviews but I am not sure about a 7 inch screen. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
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I have the 4GB Asus eeePC w/Windows XP. The display is not hard to get used to, and I consider it a reasonable tradeoff for the small size and light weight of the machine.

With Windows XP, storage is the biggest challenge. The stock XP install takes up a large chunk of the available hard drive space, leaving not much space for anything else. I believe I've read that the Linux OS runs in a much smaller footprint.

On the plus side of the ledger, the eeePC never fails to draw interest from passersby when I use it in public. People are really amazed by this tiny notebook.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I really just want it for e-mail and Internet since it will easily fit in my handbag. I am concerned about the small type and also that the additional battery adds another $100 to the low price. However, I hear that Asus is an excellent brand that sells for a lot more out of the US. I just priced the 7 inch in SXM last week and it was twice the price.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I have the 4G and run the installed Linux. Had it about 3 months and am absolutely loving it. I also just wanted something tiny and portable, only for email and Internet and a little photo storage. For my needs, works beautifully. Weighs so little I barely feel it in my purse. It's also so convenient using it as an actual laptop...my husband's notebooks are so honkin' huge that it's uncomfortable surfing on them from the sofa or bed.

Obviously, due to its limitations, I wouldn't recommend it for someone who requires a bunch of heavy duty programs or for anyone who needs to run it like 8+ hours a day as perhaps some eye stain would occur. But it didn't take long for me to adjust to the small screen and though a few websites are annoying to view at that scale, for the most part I forget I'm using something so tiny.

The keyboard took a wee bit more getting used to, but after I discovered the typing games/tutorials that come loaded, I was off and flying. Now going from my desktop with its huge keys right to the Asus is no problem at all.

I have not purchased an additional battery but if you shop around you can definitely find one from a reliable seller for less than $100. For me battery life is about 2 hrs but it does seem to go a bit longer if I turn down the brightness and volume. It charges very quickly and comes with a super long cord which I find so convenient.

EeeUser ASUS Eee PC Forum Here's a site that explores just about everything you'd want to know about the Eee PC, both good and bad.
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Thanks for the info, kacvb19 74. It looks like I will be buying two.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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Has anyone used the ASUS Eee PC 2GB Surf 7" Mini Notebook Computer with Linux? It has gotten good reviews but I am not sure about a 7 inch screen. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
I have it since 12/07 and love it. I use it more than my desktop. Check out jr.co for great prices on various Asus models. Also see the new Acer that's similar to the Asus eee pc. Good luck.

Pat
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