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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=24&l2=0&l3=0&l4=0&model=1907&modelmenu=1

http://www.mobiletechreview.com/notebooks/Eee-PC-4G-WinXP.htm

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

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


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Barry B.
 

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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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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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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?).

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I bought them at buy.com. Currently $426.99 after rebate for the model I bought. There's a new model called the 901 that has the Intel Atom CPU - opinions vary on if it's much faster. It's $150 more, not worth it to me!
Have you tried using the device in sunlight? How does the screen react and what is the "readability" outdoors and in sunlight?

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I understand there is quite a bit more battery life with the Atom CPU, and some benchmark tests have shown the Atom faster.

I don't really need a Laptop, but this unit sounds so nice and compact and portable and tough and.. well, you get the idea. I think it is only a mater of time before I get one. I'm sure that will happen just after I actually get to hold one. (I like toys!)

..Tom

I bought them at buy.com. Currently $426.99 after rebate for the model I bought. There's a new model called the 901 that has the Intel Atom CPU - opinions vary on if it's much faster. It's $150 more, not worth it to me!
 

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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=24&l2=0&l3=0&l4=0&model=1907&modelmenu=1

http://www.mobiletechreview.com/notebooks/Eee-PC-4G-WinXP.htm

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

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


Thanks,

Barry B.
I've got one, bought it specifically for the Alaska trip. very happy with it. Mine is the 8Gb model, with Linux. Since my intent was to use it as an e-mail and internet appliance Linux is fine. It did make getting my Windows Mobile-based phone to work as a modem a little more difficult, but we figured that out finally. (Well, my wife did. :))
If you want to run mapping software though you'll have to get XP.

The keyboard and screen are small, touch typing is a little difficult but doable. Battery life is so-so, maybe 2 hours, but a bigger battery is available. For me, the compromises were worth it for the small size and weight.
 

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I've got one, bought it specifically for the Alaska trip. very happy with it. Mine is the 8Gb model, with Linux. Since my intent was to use it as an e-mail and internet appliance Linux is fine. It did make getting my Windows Mobile-based phone to work as a modem a little more difficult, but we figured that out finally. (Well, my wife did. :))
If you want to run mapping software though you'll have to get XP.

The keyboard and screen are small, touch typing is a little difficult but doable. Battery life is so-so, maybe 2 hours, but a bigger battery is available. For me, the compromises were worth it for the small size and weight.
Rich,
Thanks for the user input.

Barry B.

BTW: 150mm with emulators in and leaving the emulators at factory 2 turn setting with 12.5w oil seems to work fine for me. I just need my rear shock to finish out my refit.
 

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I've been waiting for the 1000h to be released, and would have one if I had the cash right now. Double-edged sword with the HDD, admittedly, but I need the space...

$550
 

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Eee PC 900 owner here...

I'm typing on my Asus Eee PC 900 right now.

I have the 8 gig Linux model and use it for travel e-mail.

Works great in that application. Battery life is around 3 hours if you turn the screen brightness down to 1/4 power.

I love it.

Cheers.
 

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About the same as any other notebook: not very good.

P.S. Post number 1,000. I should get a life....
Okay, then let's enhance your life.

Is there any way, (Yes, I know that you are very busy!), that you could prop the laptop up on to your dash, (using cardboard or something like that to brace it.), behind the windshield and take a photo of it for a better perspective?

(Make sure the unit is on and dialed into the stromtrooper web site......)

Thanks!

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Is there any way, (Yes, I know that you are very busy!), that you could prop the laptop up on to your dash, (using cardboard or something like that to brace it.), behind the windshield and take a photo of it for a better perspective?
If you are suggesting that as a way of seeing what the screen visibility in sunlight is it's a waste of time. The picture will give a totally distorted impression of what the naked eye sees.
If you just want a size comparison then that is a good suggestion.
 
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