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James and I had a 45-minute video chat while I got my first look at the new Asus Eee PC 701 4G. Quick impressions in no particular order: The microphone port is under the trackpad in the front of the unit. I thought this would be […]

Asuseeepc7014gkctofel_2James and I had a 45-minute video chat while I got my first look at the new Asus Eee PC 701 4G. Quick impressions in no particular order:

  • The microphone port is under the trackpad in the front of the unit. I thought this would be a problem.
  • With the mic position and the speakers, there is zero feedback on a Skype call. This device just provided me with the best native Skype experience I’ve ever had on a device; i.e.; with the integrated speakers and mic.
  • There is about 1.3 GB of free storage space on the 4GB model.
  • There are instructions to install and optimize XP in the manual. I won’t touch XP on this until I’ve gotten the full experience with the custom Xandros build.
  • The connection manager offers connection types of GSM/HSDPA as well as DSL, cable and more.
  • The interface is drop-dead simple; very well suited for folks news to computers and kids.
  • My kids think it’s a cute little laptop.
  • The webcam is disabled by default in the BIOS (I hope that gets addressed). When I enabled it, it worked just fine, but Skype for Linux doesn’t support video yet.
  • With 512 MB of RAM, the device is relatively peppy.
  • Shutdowns, restarts, sleep and restore are as quick or quicker than on other devices I have. More details to follow.
  • I’ll show this in a video, but the footprint and keyboard size / layout is nearly identical to the Vye S37. I could touch type on the Vye and I can touch type on the Eee.
  • The device weighs about the same as my Q1P, maybe a smidge less.

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  1. I am looking to get one for a portable internet device. I am going to wait for the black one. I am also interested in the possibility to install windows 2000. I like it because it is a small install. About 2to3gb with microsoft office installed. i wnder if you can install zinio or a ebook reader on the xandros linux?

    I am looking forward to alot of posts about the eee PC.

    Thanks,

    Joshua A. Hall

  2. >>># The interface is drop-dead simple; very well suited for folks news to computers and kids.

    Or people frikkin sick of extraneous stuff!

    >>>I’ll show this in a video, but the footprint and keyboard size / layout is nearly identical to the Vye S37.

    Hello! I HATE video for that kind of thing. PLEASE give us some nice still pix for that comparison! Then you can play Hitchcock (oh, I forget your tender age: Kevin Smith! ).

  3. Welcome to the party, Kevin :)

  4. Hey Kevin, glad to hear your Eee PC has arrived! Looking forward to reading your thoughts. I just made my first Skype voice call today too… you know, to my wife in the other room. but it worked great. I can’t imagine a situation when I’ll have my Eee PC with me in a WiFi hotspot when I don’t have my cellphone. but I guess if my cellphone battery is dead, I can make Skype calls without a headset now. :)

  5. Checkout finger is getting itchy now.
    BTW, I found a guide that may help you getting your USB modem working.
    http://www4.sprint.com/pcsbusiness/support/downloads/index.jsp?internalId=downloads
    Choose Linux and you’ll be able to download a PDF guide on getting evdo modems working with Linux.
    I’m sure it’s similar to getting HSDPA modems working but with different dialer settings.

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