# Sunday, 04 November 2007

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Well.. kinda. There's this launch event in Cineleisure that was happening during the weekend, where you can fill in a form, then on the 16th Nov you go to the MTCS shop in Pavillion where you have to line up and then only can you purchase a 4GB model for RM1299. So filling in the form doesn't guarantee a unit.

Now for a quick molestation report, the build quality feels ok.. like a big PDA which I guess that's pretty much what it is. The borders of the screen is thick because that's where the speakers are. Speakers are typical notebook fare, whimpy in loud enviroments but work well enough in a room probably.

3 USB ports means a good expansion proposition. It has an SD card slot, which *seems* to support SDHC so you can use the larger capacity cards in it to augment the limited 4GB storage onboard.

There's some flavour of Linux installed by default on the eeePC, preinstalled apps make it a pretty usable companion notebook. You have OpenOffice for your productivity work applications, Firefox for your web browsing needs, Errr.. something called SMPlayer for media playing.

As it's a real x86 based system and runs Linux, you should see better frontends popping up for the eeePC, probably one with the latest version of OpenOffice which supports the new MS XML based files. And of course.. a player that supports RMVB files for those who need it.

As it IS a real x86 system you can run Windows on it, Windows XP SP2 is the preferred choice right now as Vista needs 5GB to install. According to some posts on the Internet seems like you'll have only 1.7GB left after installation of Windows XP. Then I guess it's all a matter of choosing the right programs to install on a separate media to make full use of the system.

One thing that I can't stress enough though is that even though this is the cheapest small notebook you can find, don't expect to be able to use this as your main computing platform. It's a 900Mhz Celeron, has a miniscule resolution of 800x480 and only comes with 512MB of RAM. It's best used as a companion notebook, taken with you to places where you deem inconvenient to bring your main notebook, but you do not want to sacrifice the power of an x86 platform. So don't just buy it thinking you can run WOW off it or something.

PS. Fark you Asus, fark you for putting a warranty label on the user accessible RAM slot, fark you for wanting to sell people overpriced RAM!


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