9″ EEE from ASUS at Cebit 2008

EEE PC - 7″ Screen - BlackOnce again I find myself living vicariously through the gadget blogs as their writers get to go to the gadget shows which I’d like to attend. This morning Engadget is carrying a couple of stories on the next EEE subnotebook and it’s new 9″ version. The official press release is set for tomorrow (04 March), but for now we know that the 9″ display won’t affect battery life too much (still around 2.5 – 3hrs), the 9″ version is noticeably larger that the 7″ original (which is unfortunate, given the significant bezel size on the 7″) and pricing is expected to be around €399 for the 12GB version

Engadget: Hands-on with the 9-inch Eee PC

Engadget: 7-inch Eee PC vs 9-inch Eee PC — ready, fight!

I think I’ll wait for v3 before I get my next EEE however as there’s not yet enough change in spec to make the upgrade worthwhile.

Tweaking Ubuntu 7.10 on the ASUS EEE

This post covers the tweaks I’ve done on my EEE post-install. I have tried a number of methods suggested by various EEE/Ubuntu pages, and these appear to work the best for my requirements. As always, your mileage may vary and I would suggest checking out the original source webpage which I will refer to wherever possible in this post. The bulk of these instructions come from the Ubuntu Community page dedicated to the EEE, other sources are stated where relevant.

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Installing Ubuntu 7.10 on the ASUS EEE – Take 2.5

Now the EEE has been out for awhile (it’s even advertised in NZ retailers such as JB HiFi!) there’s a few more places to go for help, and a lot more people who are smarter than I am working as part of the community to bring these hints and tips together.

I’ve recently found Ubuntu-eee and will be using that as my base for this installation. However, as I’ve progressed through the wiki, I have found some items which are contradictory and some which just plain do not work. Because of this I will capture a snapshot of what I did at the time of install but if you are following this as a guide for your own configuration, you may want to revisit the wiki to see what, if anything, has been updated or clarified.

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Wh EEE ! It’s here

My ASUS EEE 701 arrived today and was delivered over a tasty lunch of chicken fried  rice (not that that has anything to do with the device, but it may go someway to explaining some of the out of box images I took while unpacking it at the lunch table 🙂 ).

 Overall I’m impressed by the device, however I do think I will be installing Ubuntu on the device (using this guide?), as it seems to lack some of the functionality and flexibiliy that I want out to use it for. That said, it’s 110% fine for a normal user in my opinion, it has all the applications on it you’d expect, it crazy fast and very very nice to use (loving the tactility of the keyboard).

The unopened boxBox opened - Quick UserguideThe unit itselfThe rest of the box contents

The Product Details

It’s got a bit of interest in the office today – and I’ll spend much of this weekend fnarkling with it I’m sure 🙂

Wahoo! Just ordered my ASUS EEE 701

Sweeet… My ASUS EEE 701 sub notebook is on its way 🙂

Fortuantly (for me) I still had enough left in my ‘Technology Refresh’ budget to secure one of the first of these units to come into New Zealand and of course, big thanks go out to Tom for getting the wheels in motion to make this happen.


For those who’ve not heard of these units, they are specced as follows:

  • Display 7″
  • CPU & Chipset: Intel mobile CPU & chipset (900Mhz)
  • OS: Linux/ Microsoft Windows XP compatible
  • Communication: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet; 56K modem
  • WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Graphic: Intel UMA
  • Memory: 512MB, DDR2-400
  • Storage: 4/ 8/ 16GB Flash
  • Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
  • Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; Built-in stereo speaker; Built-in microphone
  • Battery Life: ~3hrs (4 cells: 5200mAh, 2S2P)
  • Dimension & Weight: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg

So – small, low powered (in a relitive sense) and ideal to take it’s place as my kitchen PC or the thing that travels with me when I want connectivity but not the weight or power of my primary laptop. Devices like this would have been ideal for me back in the days when I was timing multisport events. With the additional power – better connectivity, and better battery life they would have allowed me to provide more ‘real-time’ results from each of the timing stations – of course, 802.11g would have had to have been invented then but – let’s not quibble with fond memories eh?

I’ll do my best to restrain myself sufficiently to provide an out of box experience post when the unit arrives… HURRY!