We bought the Asus Netbook because after doing some research online we discovered that both notebooks and netbooks by Asus had far longer life expectancies than any other brand, and much longer than for the big name brands such as Dell and HP. And since Asus only made one netbook, the choice was pretty simple.
When ordering, the only real options were color and case design and whether we wanted a cover for it. We did; and we picked pink and the seashell design.
We were very excited when our little pink netbook arrived, as we are with any new gadget we buy. We liked it right away. It was every bit as tiny as we expected it would be, with a little ten inch screen, and a small keyboard with small keys on it. But it looked good, and it was (and is) a very cute little machine.
We plugged it in and let it juice up the battery overnight as the little card that came with it suggested, then turned it on and watched it go. It did some initializing and then there was the familiar Windows screen. And then, it popped up a question about the wireless signal it had found (we have a wireless router hooked up to our cable modem) and hooked itself up to the Internet, and just like that we were up and running and ready to go.
We’ve had our little netbook for several months now and have nothing but good things to say about it. We compose articles, e-mail and letters on it, use it to do research on the ‘net, keep up with home finances via spreadsheets and even watch movies on it via Netflix and Hulu.
It does everything as advertised and we think, even better than we expected, Of course, because of the small keyboard and screen we don’t compose anything that is very long or that makes a lot of use of graphics, because the processor is slower than our regular computers, but that was something we expected, it is a netbook after all, not a full sized computer.
One of the cool features we like is the ability to “pinch” the screen using the finger pad to zoom in and out of web pages and anything else we happen to be looking at. It makes text a lot easier to read, and also allows for taking in whole pages at a time if we so chose.
We also love the fact that the battery truly does last for something like eight hours; enough to last for however long we might be away. Which means, if someone wanted to, they could slip this little baby in their purse, carry it around all day, sponging off free wireless at the hip café’s downtown, chat via Skype with friends around the country for free, and have plenty of juice left over for browsing the web in front of the television in the front room during the commercials while the news is on.
What we normally use this netbook for in real life however, is not so exciting. Because of its lightweight, the netbook can be rested on the chest or belly while reclining in bed; thus it can be used as a diversion during commercials or for ordering things we see advertised on the telly; or for watching movies on Netflex. By having the netbook that close, it’s possible for two people to lie side by side and watch a movie together, and like the netbook itself, it’s rather cute.
All in all, the Eee netbook is great fun, works like a charm and anyone that buys one is likely to very quickly fall prey to its charms.