Asus Eee PC 4G Review

Asus Eee PC

The Asus Eee PC 4G Surf netbook is an ultra portable, relatively low cost colored laptop in the netbook, or subcompact notebook computer classification. Weighing in at only 2 lbs, this netbook is a great solution to the quest for a very inexpensive web surfing and office productivity portable computer.

The optional solid state hard drive, starting at a mere 2GB, can provide exceptionally fast boot up times, yet the small size goes a long way towards keeping the overall cost down.

The actual 700 series came in a variety of different colors including:

  • Lush Green
  • Pure White
  • Blush Pink
  • Galaxy Black
  • Sky Blue

The operating system on the smaller versions of the Asus Eee PC 4G is an Asus customized version of the Linux operating system. Additional storage can be added via the SD Card slot (flash memory), and the USB ports via external drives. If the use of an optical drive is necessitated, then the external USB optical drive is required as this model does not come with an internal optical drive due in part to the size restrictions.

Typically this laptop comes with an array of software applications already installed on the computer including FireFox and OpenOffice 2.0 which allows you to easily read and write Microsoft Office compatible documents including MS Word, MS Excel, etc. This is yet another aspect of the ability to keep costs way down on this laptop.

It is true that many people have a limited knowledge of what goes on under the hood of a Microsoft Windows operating system from the standpoint of a technician, so Linux should not be all that different from the end user stand point. For example you click on your email icon, you click on your browser icon, you click on your documents icon, and you open up your media player application and various other programs. This is all the same as what you do in Windows.

The model we originally reviewed sported a 900MHz Intel Mobile CPU and 512MB of DDR2 memory which is quite sufficient for web surfing and office productivity. Though the Asus Eee PC is known for its ultra portability and it’s ability to get online wirelessly from virtually anywhere, it also has the ability to plug into any existing Ethernet network as well. This is accomplished just the same way as you would plug into the Internet/network using any other desktop or laptop computer via the standard RJ-45 Ethernet port.

The actual features will vary on the various versions of the Asus Eee PC 4G and can include a built-in webcam with a resolution of 800×480, video VGA out, SD Card reader, stereo speakers, microphone and headphone outputs, multiple USB 2.0 ports, modem, Ethernet port, and 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi built in. The smaller model which we originally reviewed had a 7″ screen. The 4 cell battery offered approximately 3 hours of use between charges. We found this to be a great little Linux laptop which comes in a variety of different colors at a very low price.