Asus eee 10" pc
Got one of these for Xmas & have only just started using it (I know.....)
Anyway, mine was linux but I've replaced that with Vista (would have gone for the XP one from the get-go given the choice). Did consider keeping linux but thought it may be a hassle with poker/casino clients so in the end went for the soft-ish option.
Long story short - beautiful little machine. Properly portable (unlike most laptops which weigh a ton.....) & at 1024x resolution perfectly readable. Wireless, webcam etc all working first time without even needing drivers (other than the Vista built-in jobbies).
Although I'm IT for a living & MB for most of the rest of the time I'm not actually a gadgetfreak - can't be bothered sussing out what I need to do to make things work! But this little gizmo is nice, I recommend them. Can't really go wrong for the dough (this was <£200, dunno about current prices).
I've been thinking about a netbook for a whilep so it's good to hear some feedback on the Asus. I'm also looking at the Samsung and Aspire.
I really want a netbook - no practical reason really - just plain tech desire.
Is Vista easy enough to get on one of these then?
Hope you don't stick that on your CV!:
I'm kind of tempted by the idea of a netbook, though I don't know how much use I'd get from it to be honest. Maybe if they had one that was bombproof that I could take camping or out on the road on my bike I might be more tempted (not that I actually do either of those activities as much as I'd like to but still!).
Although I'm IT for a living .. can't be bothered sussing out what I need to do to make things work!
Re Vista yes that is impressive you got Vista on, so it runs ok does it?
See here as well if anyone's looking for a netbook:
The Gambling Times - Threads Tagged with netbooks
They do look lovely, although I'd be slightly more tempted by the Samsung N10 or N20. Only thing is, I'd quite like to be able to play some games, at least Magic: The Gathering Online, on it. And my wife doesn't have much eye sight so we'd be better off with a bigger screen, and I can budget for a little more. And before you know it I'm looking at 1k desktop replacements
Anyway, if anyone sees a good deal <£500 on full size laptops, preferably with dedicated graphics, do post or PM me, thanks.
I wanted an eee from the outset but, because I'd had a play around with Linux before and couldn't get on with it (not enough patience to learn new ways I guess), I got the Win XP one when it first came out. It's a great piece of kit but the major drawback is battery life, which is crap. I get about 2-3 hours with the standard battery when on the move and that's with all the unnecessary stuff turned off (wifi is a real drain). Also, you have to remember to keep it on charge when you are not using it as the battery drains by 10% a day even when switched off - maybe Asus have fixed that on later models. I did buy a higher capacity battery but it is much bulkier and heavier than the standard one. When I bought the eee there were no real alternatives. Now there is a lot more competition and perhaps battery life is better on some of the alternatives, or on recent Asus models. It would certainly be a major factor for me in determining which model to go for.
Too late. I bought a Dell Studio 15. Just over 500 quid but not too shabby at all. I hope, I'll tell you when it turns up
Originally Posted by AmeliesDad
Another belated reply from me. I haven't really touched MB this month (alarming trend!!) & have consequently been lax forumwise. Having had 4 stellar months Jan-Apr during which I've almost equalled my entire 2008 earnings & have actually already hit my 2009 target (hurrah!) I've been struck by utter lethargy/apathy & haven't done anything worth mentioning during May. I think (hope) this is due to the fact that this month I've finally knuckled down to the job of trying to get back to peak fitness & I've been doing crazy amounts of training (swimming 1-2 miles & running 5-10 miles pretty much everyday). All I've really done is trained & slept!
Anyway, back on topic, Vista went on the ASUS OK & seems to work a treat. Basically hooked up an external USB CD drive & loaded it that way, then added drivers for certain bits afterwards. I get nearly 5 hours battery life which is fine for me.
Anyone considering an EEE should definitely bookmark this excellent resource:
EeeUser ASUS Eee PC Forum
That site also has low-level guides on loading different OSs etc.
If I was buying one today I'd probably go for something like:
[ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/10-inch-Netbook-Storage-Bluetooth-Battery/dp/B001UE8LAG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1242456864&sr=8-5]ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-inch Netbook: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo[/ame]
(I would have preferred an XP one - I wouldn't personally recommend buying linux & installing Vista unless you actually like Vista )
I use mine if I go anywhere - for example the week b4 last I took it to Centerparcs -worked a treat, detected the free wifi in seconds.
I also use it as my "downstairs" pc where it's invaluable 'cos if I just want to spend 2 mins on the web I can do so without trekking upstairs to my office - where I'm liable to be sidetracked for hours. It's also very handy if I'm playing a poker tourney (perfect size for single-tabling) because previously I'd have had to stay upstairs in my office for maybe a couple of hours, only to bust out for nothing. Now if I'm in a tourney I can simply play from downstairs whilst watching TV or summat - meaning I'm much happier to play patiently + don't care if I lose since I don't feel like I wasted my own time playing.
Anyway, bit of a ramble. Am about to go running!
What are you training up for?
Originally Posted by Fella
Well done on hitting your 2009 betting profit target already! I think you might want to aim a bit higher in future if you reached in in under 50% of the time allowed
Are you entering the next Poker tourney, it is on Wednesday at 21:00?
Have a plan and stick to it
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