Sunday, March 09, 2008

geek porn: my Asus Eee PC 4G quick look (video)



well, i blogged about this fun little baby a while back and finally broke down and got one.  actually, i sold my TC1100 and in turn was able to turn around and get me a Galaxy Black 4G Eee PC along w/2GB of DDR2 and a 16GB SDHC Class 6 card and a mini-bluetooth 2.0 usb dongle.   Hit the jump to read more and take a look at my Eee PC 4G unboxing.  :)



i already have created a custom nLite XP Prof installation (stripped to the barebones and patched w/the latest updates) and have also embedded the ASUS XP drivers in the nLite install cd/dvd.  i most like convert this iso to make a sd card bootable for future reinstalls (even though i'd be better off just making a ghost backup instead).  basically, i had done all of my prepping for my eee before it even arrived; so i was ready to get my XPLite up and going. 

Packaging/Boxing:

Typical boxing for a laptop except of course everything is a bit smaller.  :) 

The boxing for my 4G (w/webcam) Galaxy Black included:

  • Eee PC 4G

  • Paper User Manual / Registration Card

  • DVD w/manual, drivers, restore to original OS (linux)

  • Battery

  • AC Charger/Adapter

  • Sleeve Case


Setup/Using:

The out-of-box experience on the Eee pc is a good one; almost an Apple like one.  The boot up time of the Eee w/the original linux os is around 14-20secs max.   The boot time alone made me get a big geeky grin on my face.  I know when i'm traveling, having a machine that can boot up or shutdown in less than 30secs is very convenient when waiting in line to board the plane, etc. 

I honestly did not use the original linux OS for more than 5 mins so i really do not have any notes on that aspect.  however, my main goal was to get XP Prof/Lite going on it and seeing if i could realistically use it as a traveling replacement (for my full size Vaio laptop). 

Initial Impressions/Build Quality:

Wow, she is TINY and light.  Initially i was worried that it may feel cheap due to it being so light but not so.  not as sure/solid feeling as a high-end ultraportable but that is expected for the price. 

the LCD looks pretty decent for its specs.  the keyboard is tiny as one would expect and i have been having problems typing accurately but hopefully should improve once i get used to the smaller arrangement and layout.

Here's a quick look at the uboxing and first boot up!

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Other Initial Notes: 

running 2GB of DDR2 allowed me to eliminate the pagefile XP and in turn freed up quite a bit space.  

the Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 6 card has been working very well; i've installed Office 2007 to it and do not experience really too much lag.    Also am using the hacked display drivers to get 1024x768 w/scaling; had to disable the asus utility though.

Expect to see a ton more Eee PC related posts this week including an overiew of XP on it and also some useful posts on SDHC cards.