Unboxing the Atomic EEE PC 901


I have blogged numerous times about the many different mini-notebooks that Joanna Stern of Laptop Magazine has tested as it seems she gets her hands on every new one introduced.  I have suspected she has a problem and needs our help and her latest mini-notebook adventure proves it.  How else would you describe her trekking through the back alleys of Taipei, fruitlessly looking for the newest EEE PC model, the 901 with the Intel Atom processor?  That’s exactly what she did despite a complete lack of understanding of Chinese.  All she took was her wallet and a note with "EEE PC 901′ scrawled on it for communication.  She turned up empty-handed many times until she found the one shop with a brand new 901 in the back and +$500 later she reentered the real world with the new EEE PC in tow.  Joanna, you have a problem and we are here for you.  We’ll help you get through this obsession, I am sure there must be an 8.9 step program for your affliction.  Everyone join me in helping Joanna beat this thing, after all little laptops can only do so much for her.  Meanwhile head over and look at the unboxing photos she’s posted of the EEE PC 901 and show your support.

UPDATE: if you have trouble getting into the blog at Laptop just keep trying.  It seems their server is slammed with traffic.


Mike Cane

Eh. Maybe the 900 vs 901 debate really is 6 of 1, half dozen of the other. So it pulls 50% throttling while on battery. Wouldn’t the Celeron’s battery life be boosted too by doing that? I have to admit seeing those falling cubes on the 901 vs the 900 impressed me.


doesn’t this really resemble the old Sony TR series?

For $600 and 5 hours battery life I might just be IN, despite no touchscreen!


anyone satisfied with the 900 Celeron would be with the 900 Atom as well. the 900 Atom is still slightly faster and does consume somewhat less power even at full throttle.

A Convert

I’m sold. I’m buying one. $600 bucks is a bargain for a tiny device like this. I’m done with full sized heavy annoying laptops for good. I hate carrying that crap in the airport.

James Kendrick

Tom’s Hardware just did an extensive benchmark comparison of the Atom and found the power savings to be much smaller than reported. Note that on battery power the EEE PC 901 throttles the Atom back to half the CPU power for battery savings (800 MHz) which is gonna affect things and that Asus quoted battery life is no doubt with the CPU throttled.


i’m not sure what some peoples problem is with the 900 Atom. it is benchmarking slightly higher than the 900 Celeron at a fraction of the power, plus it has a much better gfx subsystem. it is also reporting significantly higher battery life at 5-6 hours compared to the 900 Celeron 3 hours. some of that is because slightly higher cap battery but also because of the Atom itself.

Mike Cane

I’d really like to see some benchmarks impressions of how slow or snappy things are when the Atom is running strictly off battery as that’s the most important part. Is that 50% rollback of the CPU going to make web browsing unbearable? And what about video playback at both 50% and 100%? Which would handle a DiVXed AVI or even Quicktime video file better?

James Kendrick

Very nice, Sascha. I will be interested to hear your continuing thoughts on the performance of the Atom since it is not benchmarking very well compared to other Intel chips.


I’ve been the other lucky guy to grab one 901 together with Joanna (that was definately one of the craziest shopping afternoons i’ve ever had. Many thanks to Kevin from Notebookreview.com for the brilliant idea with the “Eee PC 901” cards!)

i did some more benchmarks on it and another video:


sorry guys, i know i am running a german blog but i think you will get it… well at least the video is in english ;)

Mike Cane

Now wait one frikkin minute here. I just went and actually read the post.

You think she has a PROBLEM?!

Are you insane yourself?!

Joanna, listen not to Kendrick! He is a Fiend!!

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