Asus EEEPC

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  1. Rhys

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    Is the EEEPC worth bothering with when you have a normal sized laptop?

    I looked at it and thought it's a handy size to toss in a camera backpack. It's also handy because it's got a solid-state hard drive so it doesn't matter if it gets bumped and banged.

    I have a Hyperdrive HD80 that would work well with that. The only problem is that as the thing uses Linux I might not be able to find decent RAW editing software for my XT and 30D files.

    Idly I was thinking of it because I am looking at a couple of long flights in the near future.
     
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    900mhz celeron, 512mb ram, 8gb flash memory, 7in 800 x 480 lcd. It would be hard to imagine a more horrible photo editing experience. It may be a good way to store photos, and maby view them on the go?
     
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    I've seen a few fellow students taking notes on these and I wondered what they were. Seems like a cool idea. If you had a larger hard drive and you could try and calibrate that dinky little monitor, it wouldn't be too bad for doing basic exposure and color correction on the go.

    It also appears that you can get a version with a gig of ram. My only concern using that little thing would be the frustratingly small hard drive.
     
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    I've seen one. Seriously, it's too small and slow to be good for anything more than store and view photos on the go.
    The keys aren't even normal size...

    I guess it's ok if that's all you want..but then again...you can use an iPod as a photo storage and viewing device as well...and they come with huge harddrives...
     
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    There's another problem too. As far as I remember this thing has only 1 USB socket. Given the hdd is 8gb and a bit of that taken by the OS, chances are you can't even download an entire memory card. And given that it has 1 socket it means external HDD AND a usb hub. All of a sudden you're lugging a lot of crap around again.

    If you want something small for photo editing I'd wait till the Lenovo X3000 comes out (i think that's the model anyway). It's slightly larger but significantly more useful. I've been wanting the Asus EEEPC for ages but I simply can't find something I could do with it.

    As far as I am concerned it's a machine for writers who just need a keyboard and maybe some email.
     
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    Lol. Yes. I love the size. I love the fact it has a SSHD. I can't say the rest of the package is all that great. The MacBook Air looks more interesting although if I wanted to spend $1600 then I could just stick a 128GB SSHD into my existing laptop.
     
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    I am using the Lenovo X60s for storage and processing while travelling.

    not the best screen ever, but at least it has got enough power to batch convert
    RAW and to work with photoshop properly :)

    And compared to my camera gear it is lightweight and small ..
     
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    Looks neat. I'm amazed Lenovos are so expensive given that they're Chinese.
     
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    And Macs are produced in a castle in Switzerland? I thought everyone knew by now that practically all components in our elecronic equipment is made in China or some other low salary country. And they are often able to produce any quality you want on the stuff as long as you are willing to pay.
     
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    It has 4 USB 2.0 ports according to their website. If you did have an external HD like the poster mentioned, I don't think it would be too bad of a little computer. I used to run photoshop 9 and several other programs on a 600 MHz, 128mb ram POS laptop, as well as doing most of my school work on it, and it worked just fine.

    I was thinking it would be cool to have one and use my 80gb Ipod as storage, but I already have a Macbook and I'm not all that concerned with carrying an extra 4 lbs.
     
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    I'm kinda 50/50 over the Asus. It looks neat but so often the neat-looking stuff turns out to be a lemon. As somebody else said: it's an "emerging" technology. I like the fact it doesn't use Windows. There's a lot to like about it. Practicality though means it's probably not up to more than basic web surfing and email applications.

    Generally I'm moving more toward using an external hard drive for everything and just keeping the laptop/desktop clean.
     
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    You're right, sorry my mistake I got confused with the Macbook air.

    I'm amazed Macs are so expensive given they are made in China ;)
     

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