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Topic # 24764 1-Aug-2008 21:36
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As per the subject line, which would you go for and why?

Prices are similar and both come with either Windows XP or Linux running on the latest Atom processor.

Would be interested to read your opinions!

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  Reply # 153488 2-Aug-2008 05:44
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901 has no lan or usb ports



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  Reply # 153501 2-Aug-2008 09:48
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What?  No LAN and USB ports?  A lot of online retailers have the specifications wrong then.

If this is the case, then there is no competition really - Acer Aspire One hands-down!

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 153502 2-Aug-2008 09:54
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EEE PC 901 Not all of them.  I like the MSI wind
http://eeepc.asus.com/global/901.htm

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  Reply # 153503 2-Aug-2008 09:56
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hellonearthisman:



901 has no lan or usb ports



Um yes it does, I am using one right this second

10/100 LAN ethernet and 3 USB ports

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my bad.



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Reply # 153507 2-Aug-2008 10:02
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What? This is confusing.  Are there variants out there- one with USB and LAN and one without?

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  Reply # 153509 2-Aug-2008 10:21
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heavenly_wild: What? This is confusing.  Are there variants out there- one with USB and LAN and one without?


There are heaps of variants and even more coming (too many IMHO)

but all of them that I have seen have USB and LAN

This list is not exhaustive but gives you an idea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eee_pc#Specifications



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  Reply # 153511 2-Aug-2008 10:30
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Hm, OK, so coming back to the topic, which one would you choose?  Acer Aspire One or an Asus 901?

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  Reply # 153536 2-Aug-2008 12:35
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From seeing the youtube video MSI wind is what I would go for,  bigger KB.  Still at sub $1000 the 901, if you get a model with lan port and usb,  would be crazy not to have those ports.

Still the asus site doesn't list these posts.



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  Reply # 153717 2-Aug-2008 23:27
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I don't think you can get the MSI Wind in New Zealand though, apart from Expansys, which I am not a fan of.

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  Reply # 153725 3-Aug-2008 01:27
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I bought a 901 linux version, and it is just wonderful. The 3 cell battery on the Aspire One ruled it out for me, and the same with the wind at the moment.

Get the 901. Beautiful machine. I've wiped the OS and have Ubuntu Intrepid on there now with a beautiful KDE4 desktop which lets me scale everything just nice so as to make the most of the screen.


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  Reply # 153731 3-Aug-2008 06:02
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ok, I'd get a 901 but it would have to have usb and lan ports.



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  Reply # 153736 3-Aug-2008 08:39
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Mono:

I bought a 901 linux version, and it is just wonderful. The 3 cell battery on the Aspire One ruled it out for me, and the same with the wind at the moment.

Get the 901. Beautiful machine. I've wiped the OS and have Ubuntu Intrepid on there now with a beautiful KDE4 desktop which lets me scale everything just nice so as to make the most of the screen.



Good point about the smaller battery capacity on the Acer Aspire One.  Yeah, this makes the choice simple now.

Does anyone know whether you can upgrade the SSD (Solid State Drive) on the 901?  If so, do they give you XP recovery discs?

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  Reply # 153743 3-Aug-2008 09:21
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Don't know about the XP recovery discs, but it is possible to upgrade the drive - unofficially though. If the one you get has a ZIF connecter, you can stick in a normal 1.8 inch HDD, if not, Buffalo have started making replacement SSD drives in 32 and 64GB siizes. They cost a fortune though, around $160 / $320 US respectively.

 

If you aren't worried about speed, then get a 32 GB SDHC card and use that as a 3rd drive. Also, if you can install XP yourself off a USB CDROM, then buy the linux version, as it has a 4GB & 16GB flash where the XP one haas a 4GB and 8GB flash.

I should note that I'm writing this on http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?products_id=9924 - and yes, it most certainly has 1 LAN and 3 USB. I do stand by that store - I've only ever bought from the once (this) but it was a great price compared to anyone else and their "5 working day" shipping was overnight. Plus they were great at keeping updated with emails to me letting me know things - order recieved, payment approved, item shipped, etc.

Also, the keyboard is nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be. It just takes a day or two to get used to.

 

And another edit: You'll note that battery estimates are 4.5 hours. I get 5 with everything enabled - wireless, camera, bright screen, etc, and substantially more when all that is disabled and screen darkened.


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  Reply # 155306 8-Aug-2008 19:45
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MSI Wind U100 Notebook, Atom N270, 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 10" TFT, No optical drives, WLAN, Win XP Home

$862.54 incl GST   currently out of stock,  but I see it has been listed it today.

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