EeePC...Worth it?

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  1. OakleyTodd

    OakleyTodd New Member

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    After attending a conference last week, and lugging around my 17" Dell M90 workstation on my back, I decided I need a small portable laptop that has wireless, internet, and email capabilities only. I basically carried my laptop around just so I could post updates to my blog.

    So is the EeePc worth the price tag, or should I just get one of those cheap Gateway $449 15" laptops, throw some ram in it, upgrade it to Vista Prem and be done?
     
  2. kamikaze

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    13" macbook....not the air, just a standard macbook ftw
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    eeePC is a nice piece of equipment. It's comparable to my PSION Netbook that runs Windows CE, but being an actual computer instead of an overgrown PDA, it will be able to run a much wider variety of apps.

    I'd get one and install Kubuntu on it.
     
  4. OakleyTodd

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    So you want me to pay 3X as much just to get a neat looking laptop? No thanks. And dont tell me macs are more stable, I have an iPod and iPhone that both crash on me from time to time.
     
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    sounds like we have ourselves a real live mac faggot

    so I would go with the mac.

    you'll feel more at home
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I definitely want one, but I'll probably wait it out until the 10" screen version is out.
    By then, the price of the transistor hard drives will have come down enough that a 16gb drive is just a couple of hundred bucks.
    That would be perfect then.
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Heh..."transistor hard drives"...you make it sound like a Radio Shack kit.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, I meant solid state.

    :o
     
  9. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i would wait till they let out the next version
     
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    i've also been looking into getting an eeePC... they look handy, nice for taking notes in class. are the new versions supposed to be a large improvement over the current models?
     
  11. Necromancer

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    I remember hearing about these over a year ago, what's the latest? have they been released?
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I saw they were a hot item right before the holidays, so yeah they're out.

    Only the 7" screen version though. And they're going for around $350 or so,
    for like a 4gb model.

    A year ago they were saying they would be something like $199.
     
  13. deusexaethera

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    Still, $350 for a computer with a 7" screen and 4GB of storage is a better bang:buck than the PSION Netbook I picked up off eBay -- and that's taking into consideration the substantial discount I got by buying it three years late.
     
  14. Necromancer

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    Fuck that then, I could buy a 'real' laptop for a little more.
     
  15. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm hoping the 10" version will be released on the first half of this year.
    That way maybe around October, the prices will be reasonable enough that I'll pull the trigger on one. Even an 8gb version would be usable, really.

    I'm just hoping the price on the flash drives drops quickly though.
     
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    fuckers delayed it though to milk out the current ones. :mad:
     
  17. dissonance

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    Maybe I was just spoiled by having a nice large 17" desktop monitor for so long, and now 20"+ ones.... but I can't stand screens that small. They make using programs quite a pain in the ass. My work laptop is a hand-me-down from my manager and has a small screen, I hate having to take it to meetings where I can't hook it into my docking station and use a normal sized screen.

    I do however see the purpose in them, I would just do some weight lifting and be ready to carry around a full-sized laptop.
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    1024x768 is the minimum usable size for me, normally, but I have a really old Gateway that I plug into my car's engine computer, and it has an 800x600 screen. It's good enough for pulling error codes.
     
  19. dissonance

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    It's not really a resolution necessarily, more of just the actual size of the screen. My issue comes with things like Excel and web sites. You can only make stuff so small on the screen and have it still usable while sitting at a comfortable distance. At that size, many things are just annoying with how much you have to side scroll and such.

    And that would be a use that I can fully understand and would like something like the eeePC for. But I wouldn't use it as I would any other computer, it would be for specific tasks.
     
  20. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Speaking of resolution though, it is a big deal on the 7" version.
    That's because it only runs at something like 640x480.
    (I'm not being precise there)

    I'm not sure what the 10" version is supposed to be, but hopefully it will
    be at least 1024x768
     
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    why would you want to run vysta on a machine with little horsepower? if you were going to do that, i'd just run XP myself.
     

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