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It will be a little tougher (but not impossible) to get XP installed on an Asus Eee PC with 2G of flash storage and the less expensive models are now available. Earlier this week, a number of retailers showed inventory of this portable sub-notebook with a […]

3422024404It will be a little tougher (but not impossible) to get XP installed on an Asus Eee PC with 2G of flash storage and the less expensive models are now available. Earlier this week, a number of retailers showed inventory of this portable sub-notebook with a starting price of $299. A quick Google for “Asus eee 2g” shows some online stores such as J&R shipping in-stock models now. The full gamut of Easter Egg pastel colors are yours for the choosing too.For $100 in savings, what are you losing from the $399 Asus 4G? The 2G model has half the RAM at 512 MB, no integrated web-cam and a slightly lower capacity battery. Expect around 2.5 to 2.8 hours of battery life as a result. Still, a great little laptop for the kids that can still be used for getting things done in a pinch too. Personally, I think the loss of the web-cam isn’t that big a deal. At only .3-megapixels and an observed low frame-rate (in Linux and XP), you’re not missing much based on my experience. You can easily find a 1 GB memory module for less than $100, so the real limiting factor on the 2G is the 2 GB of SSD memory. If you can work around that with the SD slot or USB drives, this is a nice value for a notebook the size of a trade paperback.Update: OK, I need to consider turning in my official “Asus Eee PC Fan Club Card” after several astute readers mentioned a few more differences between the 2G and 4G. I forgot that I added the 1 GB RAM module to my 4G, so both 2G and 4G come with the same 512 MB of RAM. As far as the missing RAM access panel: I’ve heard mention that the reason for the missing RAM access panel is because there isn’t a RAM slot; instead, the memory is on-board. If the memory isn’t upgradable, it’s not a deal-buster, but makes the unit much less attractive. Thanks for keeping me honest in the comments; serves me right for busting out a quick post before spending the day rushing around for last minute gifts! ;)

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  1. the sticker is if you have an internal expansion slot or not to upgrade the SSD with a 8/16G card. If not then it becomes much less of a deal. If someone can show an easy way to get the connector installed that would be great.

  2. the sticker is if you have an internal expansion slot or not to upgrade the SSD with a 8/16G card. If not then it becomes much less of a deal. If someone can show an easy way to get the connector installed that would be great.

  3. Kevin up to his usual fienditry. Why didn’t you tell your zombie hordes that I, Mike Cane, mememe!, sent around an email — even to YOU! — in which I reported on my mini-fondle of Eees at J&R this very week?! Hogging all the credit, as usual. Don’t give me that excuse that’s it’s YOUR blog. Piker! (ROTF…)

    Really, the colors are nice. I was just thinking this AM that if I went low-ball, I’d get the pink one. Why? Do you *really* think some thug would want to steal *that*?

  4. matthew bennett Friday, December 21, 2007

    The SD card will read much slower than the SSD drive. I picked up a 4G surf for $350, and it’s fine. I don’t miss the webcam, but the bigger battery might have been nice. 2.5 hours of battery is great for me anyway.

    With 2GB of memory, either Windows XP or eeeXbuntu can run without a swapfile happily. I love my eeepc!

  5. I thought the 4G version only has 512ram as well?

  6. Actually, the 2G and 4G models both have 512MB of RAM. Only the 8G comes with 1GB.

    The 2G also lacks a RAM access panel. That means in order to upgrade the RAM on this model you’re going to have to undo a lot of extra screws to disassemble the case, which might be a bit scary for novice users.

  7. Newegg shipped me two 8G Eees, 1G, $499, last week. Now trying to figure out how Kevin got to his Mac from one.

  8. Dave, I got the Eee working in Full Desktop Mode and then used the included Remote Desktop Protocol to remote into my Mac.

  9. I just got a 2G surf. You can’t upgrade the ram, its soldered on. It boots XP in 30 seconds and it is very nice. I just finished installing/hacking a bluetooth module. For memory expansion (and where I’ve got all the programs installed) I’ve got a $25 4GB SDHC cards. Perfect little thing.

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