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December 06, 2007

The Eee PC becomes our PC

According to our horoscope in the Sunday Age last week, we Sagittarians were going to achieve some amazing feats this week, and sure enough, it turned out to be right on the money. At 1.30pm we zoomed across the Bolte Bridge to the HighPoint shopping planet, and picked up what we're pretty sure is the last available Asus Eee PC in Melbourne, and possibly Australia. It was worth the $499 just to feel that we'd joined some exclusive gathering, like the Melbourne Club, only more interesting.

Then we started to configure the little darling. You can read about the dark night of the soul that produced over on ShrinkAge.

The Asus PR people are delighted, because that means they get their review unit back tomorrow morning, and who knows, some other journalist might spend some cash on what we believe is the best bang-for-the-buck ultra-sub-notebook on the market ... by a long way.

We'll be reviewing it in the column next week, but we can say that we haven't been as excited about a computer for quite a while, and although we'll almost certainly install Windows XP on it just for the hell of it, we're awfully happy with it right now, running Linux.

Had a session with my table tennis coach this afternoon, and it suddenly occurred to me that the Eee PC would be the perfect computer for him. He's been putting off getting a PC for a year or so, needs something very portable, and doesn't have a lot of cash. I suspect a lot of these things are going to be sold on personal recommendation.

Anyone else got one yet?

Posted by cw at December 6, 2007 04:18 PM

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I got mine, I am just figuring out how to usb connect to my 3 phone to get net access on the road then will work out bluetooth..


Posted by: wade at December 7, 2007 08:37 AM