Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Asus Eee Netbook

I got my new toy delivered today. It's a bit bulkier than I thought but so far it works pretty good. I had to uninstall some bloatware such as StarOffice 8 and install some virus protection since it's running WinXP. RIght now I'm trying to install Office 2003 on the netbook. Since it does not have an optical drive, I'm sharing the DVD player on my Sony Vaio; the netbook is connected via WLAN to my wireless router. It took awhile for me to get everything connected and it's a bit slow over wireless but it's working.

I checked the battery meter before the install. The battery was at 98% and the estimated time left was 7:17. It's not quite 9.5 hours on a full charge but I think I can improve by tweaking the power settings. The Atom N280 running at 1.66GHz is only a bit slower than my previous work PC, a Dell Latitude D-410. It had a 1.6GHz Pentium M but only 1GB of RAM. The processor is benchmarked at about 15% faster than the N280 but the netbook will have 2GB of RAM so it should be plenty fast for email and surfing the web. I worked for 3 years on the old D-410 so I can probably run Office without any problems on the netbook.

Next I'm going to share my 1TB external HDD with movies and TV shows to see if it can play videos. Asus thoughtfully partitioned the 160GB HDD into two so there is a 60GB D: drive that I can store my files without messing up the primary C: drive.

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