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post #1 of 21 Old 08-01-2008, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Within my thread concerning UMPCs Stromtrooper member, Mad*Sparrow suggested that I look at the Asus Eee pc. This is a very interesting piece of technology; pretty inexpensive for what you get.

I was wondering if any members out there have had any "hands on" reviews or input on this device. I would prefer a larger hard drive then the current 4 GB SSD, but I could probably manage by stripping down Windows XP to provide more room. I would like to be able to run Delorme's Street and Topo maps. At around $350, and modifying it for motorcycle use, it would be one heck of a platform to navigate from.

Here are some links:

http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1...07&modelmenu=1

http://www.mobiletechreview.com/note...C-4G-WinXP.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMjIW5qyq3s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY2azHo0LAU&NR=1


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post #2 of 21 Old 08-01-2008, 07:50 PM
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I know I have been wanting to see one in person but haven't had a chance to. I'd also like to see it running Linix. If you stay away from Windows then there really should be tons of memory.

Wouldn't a GPS make more sense for actual navigating?

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[QUOTE=V-Tom;276125]I'd also like to see it running Linix. /QUOTE]

X2 and the first thing I thought of when I saw it....

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I know I have been wanting to see one in person but haven't had a chance to. I'd also like to see it running Linix. If you stay away from Windows then there really should be tons of memory.

Wouldn't a GPS make more sense for actual navigating?

..Tom
For the past year, I have been navigating with a Mio C-520. I love it. But, I would like to mount a more robust navigating system on to my bike. A system that would also include the use of managing e-mails and web use. I really don't care about bluetooth or Mp3 use, but it seems, most of the new GPS systems are focused into building all of that stuff in........at an extra cost to the user.

I am also looking at UMPCs. There are ruggedized, waterproof ones, (to military specs) that would handle all that I would throw at it, but they come at a pretty steep price. I would like to see if I could create a system of sorts, that is very affordable, simple, upgradeable, and user friendly.

I like using Delorme software and published products as much as possible for two reasons, they are located in Maine, (my home state) and:
(From Delorme's web site, http://www.delorme.com/default.aspx

"Because all DeLorme map data is created, updated annually, and owned by DeLorme, we are able to provide many features typically reserved for expensive in-vehicle navigation systems. Free from the license restrictions and third-party dependencies of other publishers, we can also evaluate customer-submitted revisions and implement these changes after triple-checking all submissions. We currently have an enhanced commitment with staff in place to make as many customer revisions as possible."

This helps keep costs down and leads to a more powerful system. If I had a platform that could run Delorme's Street Maps, Delorme's Topo Maps, use Delorme's LT-40 GPS receiver, have a wireless internet connection, USB ports and use the Mio C-520 as backup, I would be a "happy camper"!

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I have the 4G 701 running linux and it is a great little traveling computer.

Underneath the out of the box "tabbed" UI is a full blown linux laptop. With some simple changes you can boot to KDE if you like.

Everything you plug into this thing just works! Handles my iriver mp3 player fine. Want more space ? I have a 160G USB WD drive that's about the size of a deck of cards. Easy to back up pictures and upload to the web.

Wireless internet and webcam work well. I was able to make free Skype video calls in motels that had barely usable wi-fi.

Yes the keyboard is small and does take a while to get used to. Overall I am happy with the footprint vs price vs performance.

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GlennV: what part of the cold white north are you in?

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I have the 4G 701 running linux and it is a great little traveling computer.

Underneath the out of the box "tabbed" UI is a full blown linux laptop. With some simple changes you can boot to KDE if you like.

Everything you plug into this thing just works! Handles my iriver mp3 player fine. Want more space ? I have a 160G USB WD drive that's about the size of a deck of cards. Easy to back up pictures and upload to the web.

Wireless internet and webcam work well. I was able to make free Skype video calls in motels that had barely usable wi-fi.

Yes the keyboard is small and does take a while to get used to. Overall I am happy with the footprint vs price vs performance.

Glenn
Clearly your experience with it has been better than mine. I returned it to the Source within a week. An Acer laptop was available for a hundred dollars more, with a 160GB drive and Vista Premium - works dandy. The Asus felt like a toy, and my crackberry can do more things more quickly. I also had a hard time getting it to work with my network, a printer, and any peripherals. It reminded me too much of the tiny little TI computer that came out with DOS 1.0 decades ago. I seem to recall being able to play an all text game of solitaire on it.

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Within my thread concerning UMPCs Stromtrooper member, Mad*Sparrow suggested that I look at the Asus Eee pc. This is a very interesting piece of technology; pretty inexpensive for what you get. //
Had one with me when I visited you....but it was back at the hotel.

I'm really happy with them - I've bought two. Had the Linux model first, but needed to run some Windows apps, so got the 900 with 9" screen. The Linux model boots in 17 seconds and shuts down in 12.

I use it for bike travel, and at customers to store all the service manuals and to run the service apps. Also took it on vacation to check email and surf. 2.2 lbs and the charger is small and light as well. My Dell Precision 65 laptop weighs 7lbs with charger and takes a lot of space. If I trash the EEE, no biggie. And no hard drive to worry about getting trashed if you drop it. The Linux model comes with OpenOffice, which opened all my spreadsheets and word docs, no problem. Webcam speakers and microphone included.

It has three USB ports, so you can buy an inexpensive USB thumbdrive to add capacity very cheaply. It has a cultish following and you can find all sorts of hardware hacks, which for the most part are encouraged by the parent company. Battery life isn't great, but apparently there's a 6 cell available. It doesn't come with a DC charger, but they're about $15 after market

I have an MSI Wind on order, not available yet so I can't compare. Don't buy one as a desktop replacement, but for travel they're terrific.

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Had one with me when I visited you....but it was back at the hotel. If I trash the EEE, no biggie.
Thanks, Dana! The 900 has a much bigger SSD then the Eee PC from what I have read from the link you provided, correct? 12 GB or 20 GB would be plenty big enough to run Delorme's programs.

As you said, if it gets trashed, (how do you think it will handle my wheelies? :rolleyes: ), it isn't the end of the world.

I know that you are a "smart buyer". What kind of prices are out there and where did you purchase yours. Sometimes, I pay more to the Big Box Stores, but they provide a "hands on" enviornment to try the thing and also provide extended, replacement warranties, (hmmmm, gets a little too wet?).

Thanks again,

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