eeePC Update

Well, we have the Asus EEE-PC in our hands, and we’ve been playing with it all day. So far, I’d say that it has exceeded our expectations on several levels:

–The feel and weight are relatively solid.
–The hinge mechanism is good.
–The seven-inch screen is bright and clear.
–We can hook it up to an LCD or Projector and have XGA screen resolution.
–Hooking up an external screen, keyboard and mouse is perfectly feasible.
–Open Office and other programs open up quite quickly and cleanly.
–The games play without frame drops, even in XGA resolution on external screen.
–It went on our wireless network with no problem.
–It prints to our printers via PCounter.
–The user interface is friendly and straight-forward.
–The web cam takes decent pictures and video.
–It has Skype, but we haven’t tested yet.
–Browsing speed is very good.
–It runs FirstClass email in web form with no problem.
–It is small and light.
–The AC adapter isn’t too large.
–It came with instructions for installing Windows XP, if we want to.
–Surprising array of software pre-installed, including educational software, Kidpix clone, etc.

On the downside so far:
— Keyboard is small and is taking some getting used to.
— Speakers work, but are tinny.
— Screen might be too small for some.

That’s it for now, but an interesting form-factor. Given its functionality, I’d say I’ve never seen such a built-out device in this size before, including the earlier palm-tops I played with. At some point, I know we’ll toss on Windows XP, but it may not have the speed needed to run Windows, true Office, etc.

We’ll see…

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