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Old 26 Feb 2008
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I have tried all week to locate an eepc but to no avail.Only able to get one on Ebay which i won't be using as PayPal are a big problem for me.
Looks like i will be going for this one by Packard Bell .Notebooks > EasyNote XS > Easynote XS20-006 I'll post a review here on it soon.It should suit my needs for bike touring.
Hi Dean - try this page

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it tells you exactly where it's in stock...

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Well now everyone seems to be getting in on the market - the new HP - HPS UMPC 2133

HP's UMPC 2133 revealed - Engadget



Expected to be around $633 for the basic config, so a little more expensive than the eee - but it is aluminium, it has all the same toys, snd has a larger keyboard (95% real size). You'll be able to order it with XP or Linux, it also has a larger screen (8.9'').

All in all a lot more for about twice the money - it seems that we have options from £99 all the way up to the price of a fully featured laptop... so may options, so little cash!
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Hi Dean - try this page

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it tells you exactly where it's in stock...

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Thanks Matt
Had a look and seems most available are the 2gb and they are in pink....hmmm!pretty but not what a macho dusty bike rider would be happy to pull out to impress others with.I really don't want to get one sent through the post either as i have had plenty of problems in the past with overseas postal companies.
Well then....mums coming to visit next week and she is bringing the Packard Bell xs notebook she has hopefully picked up from PCworld.Its more expensive but on the bright side it comes with Genuine Windows XP Home Edition already installed,30GB hard drive and 1 GB memory.That should be ok for my meagre needs.

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You'll need to let us know how you get on with the PB... looks very interesting :-)

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You'll need to let us know how you get on with the PB... looks very interesting :-)

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Will do.I really know next to nothing about pc's so don't expect anything in-depth.My main concern is portability,toughness,battery life and the ability to run Mapsource.......I have heard some people are surprised that Packard Bell are still in business...Well they are and i will be using one of their products on a mini tour next week.I really don't expect too much from the XS but who knows...i might be pleasantly surprised.
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I got my Eee today!!!

Walked into the SFR shop and asked if I could order an EeePC, to which, to my surprise they said "We've got one in stock".
"I'll take it." I said, and the nice customer relations assistant went off to get it.
"Here it is," he said, pulling out the 12 month 3G contracts to sign. "Now, you'll need to fill these in, and would you like to keep your original telephone number or not?"
"Oh!" I said, "I don't want your truly expensive and completely useless, to me, 3G Data contract."
"Ah, well in that case you can't have this today." He retorted firmly.
"But, consumer law states that you have to sell this to me, and that you cannot only bundle it with the 3G package. If you have it in stock you have to take my money." I fimly replied.
"Does it?" said the now nervous shopkeeper.
"Yes, look here's the relevant sections." said I, pulling out my printed out sections.
"Well, in that case, here's your EeePC." he answered, with a certain Gallic coldness.

So, I'm now testing it extensively, sat on my sofa with a glass of wine, and a homecooked pizza, and it's great, the best toy I've ever had. It's the 4Gb with webcam, €299.95, and it's in white (not pink, sorry Matt).
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"Well, in that case, here's your EeePC." he answered, with a certain Gallic coldness.
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So, I'm now testing it extensively, sat on my sofa with a glass of wine, and a homecooked pizza, and it's great, the best toy I've ever had. It's the 4Gb with webcam, €299.95, and it's in white (not pink, sorry Matt).
Very nice work - nice one :-) and at £225 a bargain into the deal.

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Walked into the SFR shop and asked if I could order an EeePC, to which, to my surprise they said "We've got one in stock".
"I'll take it." I said, and the nice customer relations assistant went off to get it.
"Here it is," he said, pulling out the 12 month 3G contracts to sign. "Now, you'll need to fill these in, and would you like to keep your original telephone number or not?"
"Oh!" I said, "I don't want your truly expensive and completely useless, to me, 3G Data contract."
"Ah, well in that case you can't have this today." He retorted firmly.
"But, consumer law states that you have to sell this to me, and that you cannot only bundle it with the 3G package. If you have it in stock you have to take my money." I fimly replied.
"Does it?" said the now nervous shopkeeper.
"Yes, look here's the relevant sections." said I, pulling out my printed out sections.
"Well, in that case, here's your EeePC." he answered, with a certain Gallic coldness.

So, I'm now testing it extensively, sat on my sofa with a glass of wine, and a homecooked pizza, and it's great, the best toy I've ever had. It's the 4Gb with webcam, €299.95, and it's in white (not pink, sorry Matt).
Thats a classic! congratulations, those damn telco's are always out to put you on a contract at every opportunity. I'm buying a new mobile phone tomorrow and I'm getting it from overseas because they jack the outright prices here right up to make their plans look better.
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I know very little about pooters so am seeking advice

Would a Thinkpad x31 be ok for the road they are quite diddy little things and I can get a tidy second user one for about 200 squids.

Seems like a lot more machine for the same money.
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I think a lot depends on the type of roads you're going to ride. If you're on tarmac when transporting the laptop. Maybe doing some off-road/gravel without the laptop then I think you'd be ok with an ordinary one. I've moved my Vaio around without a problem in the UK. I've got an Eee-PC for this year as I know I'll be on some rough roads carrying all my gear.
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I know very little about pooters so am seeking advice

Would a Thinkpad x31 be ok for the road they are quite diddy little things and I can get a tidy second user one for about 200 squids.

Seems like a lot more machine for the same money.
FlyingDoctor is quite right it comes down to how you're going to be using it - the 31 is a solid little machine, and you do on the face of it get more for your money. But it's not necessarily all about the fastest processor and the largest hard drive.

For example the eee has a smaller hard drive, but it's flash based so wont die on bad roads.

The 31 has a faster processor, but it runs windows so that advantages goes away when you run Linux (of course you can run both on both machines).

The eee has a built in webcam - which is quite handy, but the 31 has a much better keyboard.

It all swings in round-abouts and you have to go for what suites you best. Just don't get swayed but big numbers and sexy sounding processors
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9 inches of fun....

.... yes it's finally here - will cost around £300, comes with the option of 1gb RAM and Flash based HD up to 12gb

Ladies and Gentleman I give you the Asus Eee PC 900



Asus Eee PC 900: Nearly 9 inches of joy - Crave at CNET.co.uk
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Very Nice...

You gonna buy one, install windows and mapsource on it and give us a full and in depth review ???

Ill be picking one up pretty soon and your review would be helpful

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.... yes it's finally here - will cost around £300, comes with the option of 1gb RAM and Flash based HD up to 12gb

Ladies and Gentleman I give you the Asus Eee PC 900



Asus Eee PC 900: Nearly 9 inches of joy - Crave at CNET.co.uk
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Only 9" ?

Sorry I had to be the first on here to make the 9" joke. The thing is though for 300 squids I could go get a proper laptop with a huge HD, a DVD burner, and Windows Vista at Carrefour. So while the EeePC 900 has the plus point of being more compact and not having an HD to bugger up, I'm not certain that for me would be enough to push myself towards it instead of the competition WHEN they're the same price. The great thing about the EeePC 7" that I've got is that it's so rinky-dinky small AND it was so cheap.

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