WEB EeePc 901 vs. EeePc 1000H

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  1. nucklearknight

    nucklearknight New Member

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    I can't decide which one I want. I wan really long battery life but I also and a solid computer. Opinions anybody?
     
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    The first question every perspective computer buyer needs to ask himself is, 'What are my expectations?'.

    If youre expectations are; internet, word processing, email, listening to music, watching movies and doing schoolwork then you really can't go wrong. And not only with this computer, but any computer.
    You would be hard pressed to find a computer that couldn't do those things well in todays marketplace.

    I think it is important that people buy machines that are suited to there needs. Don't buy a Porsche if all you need is a bug.

    On the other hand...
    if you envision yourself; playing ANY videogames whatsoever, taking stuff off a camcorder and turning it into a home movie, ripping CD's or DVD's or doing any sort of graphic creation you are going to be let down by this machine.

    Let me clarify ripping CD's and DVD's. This machine will rip as well as something with more muscle, but it will do it veerrryyyy slllooowwwwllllyyyy.
    Quality will be fine, speed will suffer. So will battery life.

    There are 3 kinds of users; Mac users, linux users and Windows users. Mostly we don't get along with each other. A Mac user and a Linux user tend to know who they are. If you don't know which one you are then you are a Windows user.

    The nice thing about being a Windows User is that we have something like 80% market share. Odds are pretty damned good you know someone who knows his/her way around a Windows environment well enough to get you out of a mess.

    Mac users.... well.... if you have ties to a college or a university then you will be alright. Also people that do graphics and art are big time Mac users.

    Linux users.... look. You probably know one person who is a HUGE linux nerd. He is probably the very reason you are eyeing up the Linux version of this thing.
    Ask yourself this question:
    How much more familiar do you want to be with him? If you had to call him every other day for the first 3 months of using this laptop - would it drive you nuts? Would he stop taking your calls?
    Cause he is probably the ONLY help you are gonna get with it. Aside from message boards and strangers giving you advice on the net he is probably going to be the only person that is capable of holding your hand through this.

    That is why my vote is for the windows machine.

    Now check this out.
    The windows version ships with XP and not Vista.
    Why is that?
    2 reasons:
    1) that solid state ram drive. The manufacturer doesn't believe that drivers are up to snuff on Vista yet.
    2) That ATOM chip probably can't handle Vista.

    This is actually a good thing. You will find a ton of people out there that know there way around XP. Not nearly as many that know Vista.
    XP is easy to support.

    Finally...
    that Ramdrive.
    Here is the thing with it.
    It is a fairly new technology.
    Theoreticaly to the OS it is identical to a regular hard drive. Theoreticaly the program layer doesn't even know it isn't a regular hard drive.

    I'll tell ya this, it is the way of the future. I think 5 years from now platter type hard drives are going to be as rare as CRT type TV's are today.

    But for the next 5 years early adopters (that would be you!) are going to have there hands full. There are going to be things that just won't run on a ramdrive. There are going to be utilities that bring the OS to there knees.
    At some point you are going to want something that is Vista only....

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    So that is my review. I think it is probably a fine machine for your useage.
    I think you should go with XP cause getting help when something goes wrong is going to be far easier then if you had Linux.

    I am concerned about the ramdrive not because I think it is a piece 'O' crap (it isn't) but because it is new technology and there is always something of a learning curve with this stuff.

    My only apprehension is putting a ramdrive in the hands of someone that may get freaked out by the blue screen of death.

    I am not recomending you stay away, I am just recomending that you understand what you are walking into.
     
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    Why do you say that? Is the battery life just as good? What about size wise? Is it as portable?

    Also can I run Word 2007 on the 901? 1000H?
     
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    I went with the 1000H because of the keyboard size... I have fat fingers and it's supposed to have the largest keyboard of all the EEEs... the 160GB drive also played part in my decision...
     
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    How is it on the portability side? Is it much bigger than the 901?
     
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    im torn between the two as well, would be nice if the 1000h had the solid state primary drive with the 160 as a secondary.
     
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    I know what you mean. I think I'll be fine with the normal drives though. I'm mostly interested in the battery life. Is it still supposedly 7.8 on the 1000H?
    Also if I got a 16gb SD card for the 901 would that make it seem like a better option?
     
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    Entirely dependent on how you going to use it.
    For me, im sold on the 901, just waiting for it to come down a bit in price in this country.
     
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    my 1000h runs office 2007 just fine.
     
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    There are 3 different types of hard drives:

    Traditional (like in your PC) they never spin down. If the computer is on they are spinning. This takes up a good bit of the juice that the laptop needs to be on.

    A new type called a 'hybrid' drive. It has this big chunk of really fast ram in it along with a traditional platter. It only spins when it needs to. It doesn't loose any speed cause it constantly keeps data in that fast ram.
    These things are primarily for laptops. They do a really good job of conserving the power consumption AND THEY ONLY WORK WITH VISTA.

    Third type is the RAMDRIVE. These have no moving parts, conserve the most power and have Linux, XP and Vista support.
    However, like I stated earlier they are the new kid on the block and you might have compatibility problems using this type of drive.

    To answer your question, I sincerly doubt you can get 7.8 hours out of a laptop with a traditional drive. With a hybrid or a RAMDRIVE then yeah it can probably be done.
     
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    What's your battery life like?
     
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    So what do you think about a 901 and I also get a 16gb SD card?
     
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    probably around 5 hours. i dunno though. i've never run out in a day though and i use it quite a bit.
     
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    What screen resolution does it display?
     
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    i think it's 1024 x 600

    i don't have it with me at work right now.
     
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    I recently bought an XP Asus 1000h. Upgrading the ram was easy and it won't void the warranty. I use Lightroom to quickly go through pictures while I'm out and it isn't too laggy, but don't expect to do any massive editing while you are out and about. It runs Firefox like a champ. The battery can last anywhere from 6 hours to 5 hours depending on which mode I put it in. The ability to run Skype out and about is pretty awesome.

    Overall, I'd highly recommend it, it is cheap and an easy computer to use if you need to access the net ASAP.
     
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    Well I"m leaning towards the 1000H since it still get's 5 hours of battery as well as having a sizable hard drive and good sized keyboard.
    However I'm still thinking about the 901 because it's slightly more portable and still has a better battery life.
     
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    You should see them in person. They are both TINY. The 1000h feels minuscule in my hands. It takes a good week to get used to the keyboard if you have large hands.
     
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    My hands aren't too big. I don't have any problems sending text's with the keyboard on my voyager.
    The 1000H sounds like the one I'm going to go with. It's a big difference from my 15.4 T61p ThinkPad I'm on now.
     

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