Well I craved over it before Christmas but could not bring myself to buy one. What am I talking about? The Asus EeePC 701 4G that is. 1Kg of diddy laptop goodness.
I finally succumbed just after Christmas and could not find one for sale in all the stores – they were out of stock. This confirms the success of this little device.
Well I finally found one and snapped it up, even though I had to hover as another customer before me baulked at the fact the only one left was the display model. As soon as she left, I jumped on it and got it out of the store in my sweaty palms as quickly as possible. Now I am figuring out just how useful this little device is. My initial thoughts was a device to cover communications (email and Skype) when I am travelling on non-toil business, when I need to travel light – and also when I am at home and cannot be bothered to get the full machine running in front of the TV. The travel thoughts received a boost once I found out that it worked natively with my T-Mobile Huawei 220 HSDPA USB Modem. I am fully mobile with this thing and it almost fits in my jacket pocket! Even the power brick for it is dinky small – almost smaller than the charger for my mobile phone.
I have also proven that this device drives my numerous pocket USB2 Hard Disks with no problems, these are the 2.5″ ones that power from the USB port itself, not a separate power brick. That solves my document sync and storage issues beyond the built in 4GB and SD card slot. From this I also proved that it is a very capable video and audio player out of the box as well, allowing playback perfectly of any content I had including DivX encoded content.
One thing I had not thought about was replacing my main Core2 Duo laptop with this thing for my work. This seems an impossible stretch but the more I use it and the more I think about it, the more possible it looks. I think I may actually try it for one day. Just have to get a working solution going for my email, calendar and contacts combination on Exchange 2003.
My initial thoughts are that the only negative I have spotted to date is that the screen is not 1024×768 as a minimum, but that I can live with. Specially as I can get the full resolution from any SVGA or above monitor I find knocking around. More thoughts to come.
This post was made completely on my Asus EeePC with no problems including the screen capture and upload.
Also did I mention that this is Linux based! with what seems to be a full implementation underneath the simple menu structure! including SSH and TOP as simple examples!