Thread: Is $600 Eee a Dumb Idea?
August 18th, 2008, 06:29 PM #1
Is $600 Eee a Dumb Idea?
You can get a more powerful Acer Extensa for $500 and several Laptops for $600.
Yeah, a 2.3 lb. 4Gb SSD with Linux was a cool idea..at $300-$400.
But 9+ in. screen and XPH for that money....I wonder what the logic is.
I'm not even sure it has a 20Gb SSD but an added Flash Thumb drive.
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August 25th, 2008, 05:58 PM #2
Acer Aspire One on sale at Best Buy now for 350.
August 25th, 2008, 06:15 PM #3
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
The Eee has it's spot. Daily usage would not be it though. It's great if you like to walk down to the coffee shop and sit and have a cup of joe while you read online news or whatever. But if you plan on using it everyday, then I would strongly recommend you get something else. The screen size makes it a nightmare for everyday tasks.
But if I had my choice between the two you listed, I probably would still pick the Eee, and just use Xandros. It's really a nice OS for what it is...
Just my spare pennies.
August 25th, 2008, 07:09 PM #4
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August 25th, 2008, 08:02 PM #7
Well the hardware is solid IMO. Our Eee has never had any problems at all. With anything at all, and we've owned it since about x-mas time.
The design is good for on the go, but nothing more IMO.
The way the software is setup is actually really nice.
"Easy Mode" for those less knowledgeable about Linux. Or you can unlock the full desktop mode if your into that kind of thing.
My only complaint is the HDD size. I understand SSD are pricey, but 4gigs isn't enough for all the programs I like really.
Plus, just the Asus name really. I've always been a fan, and probably always will be. Acer just doesn't strike me as the same quality manufacture that Asus does.
And one other thing, on the Eee they set up a recovery partition that is just as simple as it gets. Press F9 (I think it's F9 or F8. don't remember for sure) upon boot up, a simple menu pops up asking what you want to do. Highlight whatever option you want, and bam, fully restored to factory settings.
August 25th, 2008, 08:18 PM #8
120/160Gig SATA Drive on the Acer Aspire One; so that covers one point.
I would imagine that restoring should be as painless.
August 25th, 2008, 08:20 PM #9
True. I'm not saying the Acer unit is bad by anymeans. My personal preference would be towards the Eee though.
And just so I'm not dubbed a fanboy, I'm looking right at a Acer LCD.
August 25th, 2008, 08:39 PM #10
LOL! Well price is a major factor for me and the Eee 700's are the only thing comparable since the One lowered to 350. Unless the 901's drop to around that price its not worthwhile for me to spend over 400 on a sub-notebook when i can get a deal on a laptop for 500ish.
(*hell, they had a toshiba satellite that i couldnt find an obvious problem with for 450 they were peddling at bestbuy after the told me they were out of the One's and the Eee's.*)
September 1st, 2008, 10:07 AM #11
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Does it come with a com port? If so this would be the perfect machine for network admins who have to carry around a laptop to troubleshoot problems at remote sites. If I can get a small laptop that weighs next to nothing and not fast, i would be pleased as punch. It gets old carrying around laptops everywhere.
September 1st, 2008, 10:21 AM #12
I really don't like acer. I have had an aspire for about a year, and it is the slowest, most frustrating pc I have used in years. It is leaps and bounds slower than my former sony notebook, which was like 5 years old. I don't think I can blame the whole diference on Vista.
Instead of the acer, there is the MSI Wind which seems to follow a similar pattern, and now they have it in stock at the eff for $500. 120gb hdd and 10" with intel atom 1.6, and XP.
You can get the Eee with more memory 40-100gb if you get the 10" version, which runs $650-$700.
I have been thinking about getting the small Eee, Karma do you think it would be something worth taking to classes for notes (it is possible to actually type on the keyboard)? Also, I like to have all my computers on a network so I can access files, can you do that between xandros and xp, and vista?
And lastly, I think I also may get the hp tx2500 tablet, you can get it for about $800 on hp's website if you do a quick coupon hunt. I got to try one at bestbuy and was really impressed by the handwritting with the touchscreen. And now they include the new amd chip, and a ati chip, instead of integrated video. The tablet is for me, my wife wants the Eee.Reason obeys itself; and ignorance does whatever is dictated to it.
September 1st, 2008, 10:46 AM #13
I like Asus myself. I'd like a $400 EEE, but not a $600.
But, the EEE looks awesome to have. But, I love my Lenovo.
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