Asus EEE PC
Have any of you guys had experiences with this? I am thinking of buying it for one of my grandparents, who just browses the internet and chats on IM.
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Model Eee PC 4G - Pearl White
Operating System Linux
CPU Type Intel Mobile CPU
Screen 7" WVGA
Memory Size 512MB DDR2
Hard Disk 4GB Solid-State Disk
Graphics Card Intel UMA
Video Memory shared memory
Battery Life 3.5 hours
Dimensions 8.86" x 6.30" x 0.79-1.26"
Weight 2.0 lbs.
Screen Size 7"
Wide Screen Support Yes
Resolution 800 x 480
Operating System Linux
HD Capacity 4GB
HD Spec Solid-State Disk
Memory Size 512MB
old people usually like bigger screens, for an extra $100 you could get them something with a 15 or 17 inch screen, this one only has 7 inch screen.
How would they like Linux?
Your grandparents chat on IM?
[quote5eaaed147c="doylnea"]Your grandparents chat on IM?[/quote5eaaed147c]
Hahah. My roommate's grandparents talk to him on AIM. It's weird.
[quote7851d367c6="doylnea"]Your grandparents chat on IM?[/quote7851d367c6]
I talk to your gran on AIM all the time. ;)
I've been tempted to buy this for myself but I don't know how good it would be for your grandparents. The screen and resolution are too small for comfortable browsing, even though it's good for a small mobile solution. If they're just chilling at home maybe they'd want a bigger screen like joshbox says.
I've read Linux is popular with those people setting up PCs for their parents and grandparents though so that shouldn't be a problem.
I agree, I see the EE as more of an awkward enthusiasts mobile device. It's too small to do real work on, but too large to be a truly mobile device. While neat, I predict it to be short-termed fad. Sony and others have produced similar sized PDA/Notebook hybrids before that just didn't fare well. I'm not sure why this one has taken off like it has, but I'm willing to bet it's largely due to the Linux fanboy techno-geeks rather than the general tech consumer market.
If people aren't very PC literate to begin with, they won't have any more difficulty with Linux than with Windows. The issues arise from people who just barely know their way around Windows but nothing else, and are totally confused that there's any other way to do things, so Linux presents a bigger learning curve.
I read a story when Vista came out, I think I mentioned it here. A tech-blogger's dad, hearing all the hype about Vista but knowing nothing about it, asked his son to install Vista on his computer. The blogger installed Ubuntu instead, enabled Compiz/Beryl (this was a couple versions of Ubuntu ago, before Compiz was standard), and told him it was Vista. His dad loved it, and bragged to everybody how much better Vista was than XP. He ran it for like a month before his son told him the truth. lol
[quotea7a8619796="JOSHBOX"]old people usually like bigger screens, for an extra $100 you could get them something with a 15 or 17 inch screen, this one only has 7 inch screen.[/quotea7a8619796]
Yah, I think this is going to be the deciding factor. The only problem is that her budget is less than $400, so it is difficult to find one.
I would rather get the one below. The reason for that is, the Asus you just posted has LINUX. Some old folks dont even know how to use windows. ;)
Plus i would pay another 100 bucks extra and get this one.
[quotec3ab019610="forexmarsx"]I would rather get the one below. The reason for that is, the Asus you just posted has LINUX. Some old folks dont even know how to use windows. ;)[/quotec3ab019610]
Spoken like someone who has absolutely no clue about the current state of Linux, and also doesn't bother reading previous posts in the thread. roll