Asus EEE PC 900 Netbook Review
I recently picked up the Asus EEE PC 900 Netbook – one of the first ever generations of the netbooks, the little kits that started off a small craze around 2008, maybe 2009. The only reason is because I found an extremely cheap second hand version, and I thought “why not”. More after the break…
Under first impressions, I was a bit disappointed. The hard drive seemed quite small, and the speed sounded less than adequate. Also, the keyboard is a bit tidly and hard to come to grips with. But soon I realised this was a misplaced feeling. After experimenting with the netbook, it turns out it’s a great little piece of hardware (but only considering the small price I paid for it). The hard drive (16GB) is perfectly fine, considering so many things are stored on the web now. And it turns out the 900Mhz processor is much snappier than I first anticipated.
However – the stock linux distro it was packaged with (Debian/GNU 4.0) was very… awful, so I quickly changed to Ubuntu 11.04 and it runs much faster than I thought it might. Although the hard drive is small, you’ll still be able to fit dozens of smaller applications onto this netbook before feeling the grip of lacking storage space.
It comes packed with neat features, such as the webcam, built in microphone, Wi-Fi, 3 USB ports, Ethernet port and an SD card slot, most of which are staple among netbooks these days. Furthermore, you can always pick up a USB optical drive (~£20) and have an effective disc drive in no time.
Although netbooks may seem outdated (especially this first gen Asus model), it has surpassed my expectations… and don’t forget – you can easily upgrade the RAM (and in some cases solid state drive) to improve this mightly little package’s performance and storage.
If you’re looking at buying a netbook new, then do not get this one. I’m more likely to recommend something like the Samsung n-series or possibly even some other, more recent netbooks… But if you can find one for under £80 like I did, I’d highly recommend getting one, if just for messing around purposes! It’s such a neat, tiny netbook – ultra, ultra portable.
In all I give this netbook
but if I was reviewing this 3 years ago, I’m sure it would hit the 5 mark.
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