Introducing—The EeePC!

Last week, my friend Mike was talking about a really cheap, small new PC on the market that will run Windows. Sort of wanting to be able to play Empires in Arms but definitely not wanting to pollute my Mac with Windows, I thought I’d take a look.

Well, that turned out to be a problem…

The Asus EeePC is apparently the hottest selling piece of technology that company has ever made. Being a total Mac geek, I never really heard any of the buzz because I couldn’t be bothered. But after seeing it online on the NewEgg website, I spent practically the entire weekend reading reviews, watching podcasts and generally studying up on the device. I liked what I saw so much, that I ordered one and it came today; here are the unboxing photos. Note the 6-inch steel ruler in most shots for size comparison; this thing really is small and surprisingly sturdy and well-made.

Take note: this is the first non-Apple computer I’ve bought in over 25 years. I wish Apple had come out with a cheap, portable device like this rather than the beautiful if somewhat crippled and definitely pricey MacBook Air.

My research got me thinking about how this little, 2 pound, solid-state computer essentially has everything you need to get on the internet and do light work—for only a couple hundred bucks (my top-of-the-line model 4G cost $399.00). The research also got me really into the world of Google (especially Google Docs)—but that’s another story.

So far, this little guy pleases. It’s so handy and “forced perspective” speedy (it takes less than 30 seconds to boot up). However, I’m not yet convinced I could use it as my real mobile computer solution, especially since I value my Mac ease of use so highly. Time will tell—though I’m fast learning that Linux is not for the faint of heart. I’m sure I’ll have to switch it over to Win XP, which it supposedly handles quite well.

You’ll have to stay tuned to read more about my adventures with this little guy. I’ve already been reading up on how to make a bootable windows sytem on an SD card, and am even now downloading a disc image of —believe it or not—a MacOS X install for it!

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