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I've not had any hardware failures - I have ordered a new battery - but that's because I want the higher rated (lasts longer) version - the existing battery is fine.

I have heard someone in work complain their machine arrived with a cracked screen - but it was replaced immediately.

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I've now had a good play with the new 900 units with a 20gb internal drive - much easier to instal new apps and OS - the screen is much better, and it's just more flexable all round - however - at over 350gbp it's into the terrotary of other probably better ultra light laptops - and frankly - whilst I can almost aford to lose 200gbp if the asus doesn't stand up to the journey - 350gbp is somehow, more difficult.
What about £275 for the 900 unit !

This is the same model your talking about isnt it ??

EEEPC900-W005 - Asus EEE PC 900-W INTEL M. 20GB SSD 1GB 8.9 NOOPT LINUX WHITE UK (EEEPC900-W005)

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What about £275 for the 900 unit !

This is the same model your talking about isnt it ??

EEEPC900-W005 - Asus EEE PC 900-W INTEL M. 20GB SSD 1GB 8.9 NOOPT LINUX WHITE UK (EEEPC900-W005)

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Hey that's a fantastic deal - when it came out - or rather when it was announced it was £350 - the XP ones are coming in a little more expensive than the linux ones - but £275 is really good... wonder how much I can get for my 7?

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Hey that's a fantastic deal - when it came out - or rather when it was announced it was £350 - the XP ones are coming in a little more expensive than the linux ones - but £275 is really good... wonder how much I can get for my 7?

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£295 i've found an XP version for.

To be honest. Im not sure about all this Eee hype. They look like a nice piece of kit but I dont think a standard laptop is going to break unless you pack it badly.

I had a £300 Dell which I crashed with and had it fly 50mph accross a road, spilled on , rattled to death on South American roads etc and no problems. To be honest, out of all the people I met with laptops in South America, no one really had any problems about from a girl with a broken CPU fan.

As long as you pack your laptop in neoprene and dont have it running while your on the move, there is no reason why it shouldnt last unless your unlucky. Keep important documents backed up on a flash drive and your ok.

The eee seems a pain to use for the price, athough, hand on heart.. i've NOT used one or even seen one in the flesh yet...
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I don't really find it a pain to use, and over the last five years I've had three laptops die on me after carting them into work and home - and that's not exactly a hard journey. YMMV as with all these things.

Having said that, all three were very cheap, either Acer or Dell laptops - not bought for their tough, or even very good, components.

I think the Asus is a cracking little machine, perfect for taking on the road. I'm very interested in seeing the new ultra portables from Acer and Dell over the coming months - both of whom are gunning for the leader - Asus.
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As you say, time will tell..

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My iBook rattled itself apart after 3 weeks in a car while on tour. I'll be getting an Asus really soon since I leave for India in 12 days. Oh man, so much stuff to do....
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My iBook rattled itself apart after 3 weeks in a car while on tour. I'll be getting an Asus really soon since I leave for India in 12 days. Oh man, so much stuff to do....
wow you don't hear about that very often - my iBook is about the only machine that hasn't fallen apart! I still have it after 6 years of travels all over the world... it's a bit slow now to be fair... perhaps it's time to buy a new one!
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The best place for EEE

Hello all,

I joined this thread when someone was asking the ins and outs of Elonex, related to the new ONE mini Pc they are bringing out. (we are a service centre for Elonex but don't sell the new models).

However, my company is a general IT hardware reseller and many of you seem to be currently buying or hoping to buy the EEEpc or similar models. We can supply you fast and will price beat if you show us where your best price so far is. You can see the current prices on our webshop at www.everchangingworld.com If the site doesn't show stock on a certain model, ask anyway - we may be able to source to you direct from a different distributor.

Type EEE in the search bar and the results should show all the models and accessories. We seem to be about £60-70 cheaper than PC world on the 900s since we work on minimal margins and hope for volume. PC World is just capitalising on customers' lack of research. Other items of interest to you guys may include Satnav, laptop 3g mobile phone cards etc.

Hope that's of help - if you want to call the number is 020 8432 0775 or 8203 7774

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Hi Anthony,

Nice to see a company engaging in the conversations here and directing us to some options for purchasing this type of kit.

We all have our favorite bike companies, our favorite luggage companies, etc etc, but for some reason electrical / computer companies don't engage on this type of forum very much - I suppose it's down to the fact that we're core customers to the bike and luggage etc companies but to the computer firms we're just one small part.

So kudos to you for getting involved, talking to us in context and not just posting some vague post in a thread that has nothing to do with buying computer kit.

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Installing Mapsource

Matt,

So to load Mapsource there is not other way than having a external DVD for the Windows XP version?

I have got it on there but it keeps asking for a map and won't open or run. I have installed several maps to no avail..........

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Oh by the way, check out JB Hi Fi – Smashing Prices they sell the XP version for 548 aussie about 220 quid!
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JohnSB has done a really nice little on the road review at

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...s-eee-pc-36339

also - mapsource.

I'm no expert with mapsource at all I'm afraid - I use a Tom Tom.

But a quick google resulted in this page at Garmin

Garmin: Updates & Downloads

which appears to allow you to download the relevant files directly from the website rather than having to use a CD/DVD - how that works in reality however is a question someone with mapsource experience is going to have to answer.

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hi all,

just to let you know.. for a few days now i'm the proud owner of a 900 xp version. still try to find somebody with an external dvd drive in Alaska ;-)

i love it. for charging it on the bike while driving, i bought an universal loader with 3 to 12V with max. 2500 mA at radioshack. (pricy: about $40)

i reckon that the amperage for charging is far below the amperage the eeepc needs when in full operation (3Ampere) . (never heard of a batterypack using three ampere while charging).

it seems to work so far.... the socket is protected with 3
amp. fuse. just to be sure.

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I got the 4g XP at US$399 because I couldn't find anyone with linux in stock. Later the same day or the next they dropped the price of the 16g XP to US$399. Argh! I'd try to work something out but I leave in 2 days for India. I should've quit checking prices.
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