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Would you recommend an Asus Eee PC?

Asked by adrianscott (621points) March 28th, 2008

So my PC bit the dust last night and I’m in a bind for a computer. The Eee PC has gotten my attention due to its low cost, small size, and simplicity – and I’ve been on the lookout for something I can use in a Starbucks and leech their wifi.

So for those with experience with them, what do you think? Are they as good as people are saying? And have you tried any of the more memory-hogging applications on them (notably Photoshop on the Windows install, or Gimp on Linux)?

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cwilbur's avatar

It’s got an 800×600 screen. I don’t think Photoshop or Gimp would be usable.

I’ve been thinking about getting one, but I’ve discovered in the past several months that the thing that matters to me most is usable screen real estate. The specs and size of the EEE are very attractive, but that tiny screen is a deal-killer to me.

jrpowell's avatar

I have played with one and I would never run Photoshop on one. They are good at the Internet and e-mail but I would never replace my computer with one.

For not much more you can get a full-sized laptop.

b's avatar

The Eepc is considered a “toy laptop” by many reviewers. It is not intended to be a power house, but is highly portable. It is designed for lighter day uses such as word processing, email, and web surfing. If you are after an ultra portable and want to do photo editing I would suggest something with a bit more kick and that can output to an external display, such as the Macbook Air or Lenovo’s soon to come X300.
Also, built in LCD displays do not offer a wide enough range of colors to properly edit photos. Apple just recently settled a lawsuit over its displays not truly displaying “millions of colors” but using dithering to trick our eyes into seeing more colors.

de3bo's avatar

get a macbook air if you have the cash.. Get a reg. macbook if u want something more conventional..

mirza's avatar


While the EEE PC is great for portable use, it is definitely not some thing that you can use as a replacement for your PC and with a price tag of 499 (you can get a low-end version for 300) for a computer with just 1gb of memory & 8gbs max HD, its expensive compared to other fully-fledged laptops. The biggest reason not to get it is that the screen size is too small, the keyboard feels weird and its not exactly designed to run memory hogging applications. Never tried photoshop, but the EEE PC froze twice while my friend tried to run a four year old PC game called XIII.

Right now, you can get a decent HP/Compaq Laptop with a 1.6GHz processor, 1gbs RAM, 120gb hard drive for $499. Thats just the one that you can get if you need one instantly. If you shop around and search for some deals, you can find a cheaper one with more specs. (e.g. my girlfriend got a 14.1 Acer laptop with a 1.8ghz processor, 1gb memory, 160gb HD for $449 at Circuit City last month).

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