New Gadget: Asus Eee PC

Just got my new Asus Eee PC from Damson (thanks Fin). Now I am truly mobile.

It’s so small it even fits in the glove compartment of my car. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Here’s what I think of it:

It Just Works

Originally designed for kids, this little gem has also captured the minds of the corporate guys too (and everyone in between from what I can tell). Almost everyone I’ve shown it to so far, wants one! The custom UNIX distribution looks great and is a cinch to use. Boot time is less then 10 seconds and the tabbed style navigation feels more like a webpage then an OS frontend.

Mobile Broadband: No Software Required

I’ve been using Three’s mobile broadband dongle for a couple of months now and I love it. But I was keen to see how it would work with the Eee PC seeing as how there is no official software for the UNIX platform. But I was delighted to find that there’s support for all HSDPA devices built in. The Eee PC treats it as just another network connection, so there was no need to go searching for drivers or software, it really was just plug and play.

No Hard Disk, No Problem

Like the new Apple Air notebook, the Asus Eee PC has no hard disk. And with most of my productivity tools now online, that’s really not a problem. I’ll keep my data safely up in the cloud and off my local hard disk where it’s at risk from all sorts of things, like theft. (Attention BOI IT Manager).

All Round Happiness

Being able to read my email or catch up on some work while I’m out is great, I’ve been able to do that on my N95 for almost a year now, but with the EeePC and it’s 7 inch screen makes it so much easier. (The N95 has a 2.5 inch screen).

If you can get your hands on one of these little gems, then buy one. Buy three if you can because you can be sure that whoever you show it too will probably want one as well.

Damson are selling a limited number of them until they run out. Get’m while they’re hot.


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  1. James Corbett says:

    Great to hear you’re enjoying the Asus EeePC. I had the loan of one for a while a few weeks back and absolutely fell in love with it. Simply *the* most exciting gadget/device I’ve used in years. And I don’t say that lightly. Happily Gaelscoil Newcastlewest took my recommendation and ordered a batch for their primary students to run on a pilot. I hear it’s going very well. I nearly had tears in my eyes handing back my test unit to its owner but I know it won’t be long before I buy myself a new one 🙂

    May 14, 2008
  2. Darragh says:

    That does it. I’m getting one.

    Great review, thanks!

    May 14, 2008
  3. dermot says:

    glad to hear that they work with 3’s dongle – I already have the PC, will pick up the dongle asap

    Jun 19, 2008
  4. James Corbett says:

    Iarfhlaith, are there any access restrictions on 3’s dongle? Or is it a true internet access option?

    Jun 19, 2008
  5. Iarfhlaith says:

    Not as far as I’m aware. I haven’t had any trouble so far. I use it for all the basics plus I use it to connect to some VPN’s and I also use it for remote desktop too. No problems so far.

    The only thing I’d say against it is that the bundled connection software is a little clunky. But I’ve no doubt new versions will be released soon that look more ‘finished’.

    Jun 19, 2008
  6. James Corbett says:

    Cool, I’ve got to make up my mind soon on a new mobile setup – I’ll be doing a lot more travel over the next year.

    Jun 19, 2008

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