Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Swinging with the EeePC

EeePC. Just how are we supposed to pronounce it? My first instinct was to call it the "Triple-E PC". My friend says it as "Eeeeeeh-PC." But the official version is just, apparently, "E-PC."

And with that out of the way....

Yes, I bought one.

I first laid eyes on it last December. At a price tag of just a little under P19,000, it hovered somewhere in the threshhold of the buy-don't buy decision. So I vacillated. When I finally did decide to make the purchase, a couple of days after Christmas, all the units at my next door
Electroworld were already sold out. The manager told me she'd call me just as soon as the new stocks arrived.

Last weekend, five more units finally arrived. A little more hesitation. Oh, wait a minute, was I willing to go through another three weeks of wondering? Decided to make the purchase: it eliminates doubt and nets me a new toy to play with. (Oscar Wilde's witticism about temptation comes to mind.)

I've had it for a few days now, so what can I say?

Pros: Nifty little gadget, very portable for those trips. It's not much bigger than a regular 100-leaf notebook and weighs just a bit more. Crisp screen, WiFi, all solid state, fast bootup. Love it, love it, love it.

Cons: Cramped keyboard, cramped screen. Considering how big my hands are, it's really comical to see me typing away on the EeePC. But hey, I'm managing somehow (like I'm doing right now).


It's not a complete replacement for my trusty old IBM Thinkpad R50e, but for the places where a 2 kilo laptop is just clunky, the EeePC can't be beat.

So did I change the default OS to Ubuntu? I'll admit I was tempted to, but in my old age, I've gotten lazy and conservative. I really didn't want to go through the whole adventure of getting the hardware to work with the software, so I stuck with its customized Xandros. What I did do was rearrange the tabs and the contents to suit my working style -- not easy to do, sadly, but still manageable with some help from wiki.eeeuser.com.

9 comments:

  1. Congrats on the Buy... maybe you and Andrew can start a Davao Eee club? :D

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  2. WOOOOOOOT. I've been eying on that for two months now. Last price I was able to haggle on was 12k ;)

    Big hands, that!

    I are envy.

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  3. Oh one thing: the vertical border on each side, what exactly are those? Are they part of the screen or just useless space?

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  4. Tobey: Wha-aat? P12K? Where? Why didn't you buy it?

    The black borders are speakers -- pretty good sound, too. I hear Asus is coming out with a 9" screen version so those "ears" might disappear.

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  5. Ooh, I saw one of these and thought about wanting to buy it. But when I saw that the OS was Linux, of which I know nothing about, I digressed. How hard is Linux to use...for a straight Windows user? lol But I was kind of worried that because of its very small size, something must have been compromised, or that the whole thing was a hoax.

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  6. Nice. Same rants here: that keyboard is so tiny. And it's hot, too -- literally.

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  7. For those that are wondering about the Linux transition. It ranks this way in ease of use. Easiest-Mac, Average-Windows, Difficult-Linux.

    The plus side however is that when ranked in power, it stacks up the same. Mac at the bottom, Linux at the top. Windows gets viruses because it's popular. Mac doesn't because too few people use Mac. Linux on the other hand doesn't get viruses or worms because the OS in itself is powerful enough to deal with anything you throw at it.

    Not to be a spoilsport, but for those out looking to purchase the EEE, you might want to add a few thousand more pesos and get a tablet PC. The EEE is cute and portable, but functionality wise a few thousand more will get you exponentially more power.

    IMHO

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  8. where did you get your Eee PC? i want to get one also... and how much?

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  9. Well, if someone finds the default linux cumbersome to work with, windows xp can be easily installed. Check eeeuser.com wiki. :)

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