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COTD - Asus EEE PC Notebook Windows XP $299 - FREE SHIP with paypal!

Posted By: lisss, posted 2008/08/07 13:12
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Asus EEE PC Notebook Windows XP

RRP$499. Catch Exclusive Price Smash!

Superb Ultraportable Notebook. Everything you need for Work, Study and Play!

Available in Black and White, make your selection using the dropdown menu at checkout.

The EEE PC. A revolutionary product that has caused a massive stir in the computing world with millions and millions sold worldwide. Now with Windows XP onboard for just $299. A truly ultraportable notebook with everything on board for work, study and play. You would have seen these sexy beauties out there for up to $499 - today on Catch we turn Affordable into No Brainer. An original Australian Asus EEE PC, with Windows XP preloaded. Its not a pricing error, just make sure you Bite on yours quickly!

Windows XP Preloaded!
Incredibly compact 7 inch size, weighing under a kilo! Take it everywhere you go.
For such a compact device it packs a real punch in terms of hardware:
802.11g Wireless Automatically detects and connects you to the net at hotspots!
4GB SSD (Solid State Drive). More reliable, and shock resistant than ordinary HDs.
Webcam, Microphone and stereo Speakers
Intel CPU Inside
Expansion options courtesy of USB, VGA output and SD/MCC card bay.
Its no slouch in the software department either:
Power-efficient design provides longer operating time when on the go.
With a rapid start-up time, the Eee PC is always ready to get into action.
111°-+
$299.00Get deal
  • nod2008/08/07 19:53:41
    great price for it :)
  • lifeischeap2008/08/07 21:36:07
    Caught that one! The ILOVEPAYPAL code is no longer valid but at $299 with 6% cashback, it's a steal!
  • leny2008/08/07 22:40:13
    :D This one's got terrible specs if you ask me.

    If you want at least a decent computer of that size, it's going to cost $3500 at least (with the capabilities that a normal laptop would have.)
  • khaz0r2008/08/08 00:35:06
    Hey just to let you know, I have heard that the EeePC 900 (the 8.9" variant of this exact model) can be bargained at Bing Lee down to around $350!
  • leny2008/08/08 15:29:11
    khaz0r
    Hey just to let you know, I have heard that the EeePC 900 (the 8.9" variant of this exact model) can be bargained at Bing Lee down to around $350!


    But why would you buy anything as useless as this? It's got 4GB of memory for god's sake.

    I personally wouldn't expect for it to last too long either. I'm also not sure why they didn't reveal it's battery life, when the item was on the website yesterday.
  • admin2008/08/08 17:21:51
    they're working the principle that you'll be using external flash to store stuff Leny.

    They're not really aiming it at the full functionality end. Its a mobile computer for the bitty stuff that you do elsewhere. I like the idea but I know at least for me when I move around I need to have a replica machine to the one I use all the time - but just a small version. This wouldnt do the job. Which leaves me wondering what the primary application of them is. If its just for browsing then why wouldnt I use an iphone, its more portable and I can do the two critical things on it - browse and write.

    Anyone here use one regularly?
  • queenshrew2008/08/08 17:34:16
    I think it'd be great for kids!
    I haven't got one yet, but I've been thinking of getting one for my little girl when she's a little older..maybe next year when she turns 3.
    The price is great. Also, she would use it mostly to play games or talk to grandma/grandpa online via the webcam...
    I like the mini size and the mini price! Memory and speed is no concern for me, since she'll not be using it for anything substantial! She'll be using this instead of using my pc and hogging it! :p Since it's portable, she can use it on her kid's chair and table beside my computer so I can watch what she's doing. I also like the idea that she can put it in her mini backpack and take it on the plane when we travel! USB sticks are now so cheap, won't hurt to buy her a 16GB one for only $70 (currently at DD) to go with this..and fill it up with some disney or Wiggles stuff. I think she'll love it :D

    Now to wait til she gets a little older..and hopefully by then all this would be even cheaper hehe
  • leny2008/08/08 18:26:41
    I'm not going to argue with ya but 4GB is terrible because you can't even put any programs on it, and it's going to be extremely slow. Even the SONY VAIOs which I was talking about cost $3500 and they have a 1.73GHz processor - I can't imagine the nightmare processor that a $300 ASUS computer would have. Sorry but that's how I feel. If I'm going to get a computer, I go and get one no matter what the price tag.
  • lisss2008/08/09 01:54:56
    leny
    I'm not going to argue with ya but 4GB is terrible because you can't even put any programs on it, and it's going to be extremely slow. Even the SONY VAIOs which I was talking about cost $3500 and they have a 1.73GHz processor - I can't imagine the nightmare processor that a $300 ASUS computer would have. Sorry but that's how I feel. If I'm going to get a computer, I go and get one no matter what the price tag.


    Try buying a $3500 vaio on a student's budget. Something like the EEE is great for students because all we need is something to type on (and a blackberry wont cut it) and we dont need any games or even storage space. A lot of us also walk to and from the bus stop and carry heavy textbooks, so the lighter a laptop the better.

    What you're not factoring in is people buy something cheap like the EEE for a purpose and probably have a proper computer (desktop or laptop) at home as well.
  • sandgroper2008/08/09 08:17:16
    My wife and kids are away on holiday and they have both this model with linux and the 900 using XP with them. Ideal for them to be able to slip into handbags and use wherever there is a hotspot to keep in touch.
    They think they are great, they have better full blown laptops at home but for travel use these fit the bill.
  • MooGliSH2008/08/09 12:17:58
    The whole purpose is it's an "Ultra-Portable"

    Laptops are a joke for carrying around day to day duties, this slips in your bag or wherever.
    Why not use an iPhone instead? How about because you can't run standard windows applications on it, or maybe the huge price difference.

    You can use it for readouts in the car, or a gps system, or just a simple browser/word processor.

    It costs you very little to upgrade these into a mean little package. 45 bucks for a 2gb stick of ram, 65 bucks for a 16GB SD card, and there's even overclocking solutions out there to increase the cpu frequency.
  • voteoften2008/08/09 12:41:08
    Now that I read all of this, I wish I had bought one. Will keep my eyes open....
  • admin2008/08/09 16:44:07
    MooGliSH;58650
    Why not use an iPhone instead? How about because you can't run standard windows applications on it


    As soon as I start looking at doing that though, I'm branching off into using this as a replacement for my 'other' computer, which given its power and capabilities its not ever going to be (not to mention that I dont need anything windows on it).

    The whole purpose is it's an "Ultra-Portable"


    And I like the idea of ultra portables I just dont get these as a a half way between sort of machine. I keep coming back to my usage. When I'm moving around I need a laptop and at least mail, calendar, office suite and wifi. I also need good battery life and all the files I use workwise (and an easy way to synchronise both machines) I guess one of these ultraportables would do the job but I have a nagging idea that the lack of drive space etc would bug me in 10 seconds and I can imagine them being pretty slow to work on, although the pricing on these is very good. The only other thing I need is something to keep me up with my mail and the internet, for which iphones are pretty good. Having 20 different chargers craps me off as does having too many gadgets. If I've gotta carry a phone then having one that doubles up as something I can work off, when on the train or outside easy wifi access makes sense to me. My macbook is small and light enough to be easy to carry around and have the nuts and bolts in it to be fast and workable.
  • leny2008/08/10 00:59:50
    But is it as functionable as a normal PC? I wouldn't expect much of it is all.

    What is it's battery life?
  • leny2008/08/10 01:07:20
    I guess that what I need is mainly MO and the internet, and the ability to download at least some programs. I want to get a small computer like this, but if it has such a limited functionality, it should at least have 5-15 hours of battery life. I'm guessing a step up from this.
  • admin2008/08/10 13:20:07
    Your problem with this would be installing and running MO I'd say leny - although it doesnt take much over a gig on the install I imagine it would run pretty slowly on this machine.
  • leny2008/08/10 13:44:39
    Well that is a BIG issue in my opinion. What else could you run apart from the internet? Really, what good is an operating system with 4GB of memory? I can't imagine running MO from an external memory space, but is it possible? I'd be hoping that the internet worked, but it obviously would and it also has wireless which is excellent.
  • seetocentric2008/08/10 18:33:53
    i managed to get one :P
    and i think this is my first post here actually :)
    anyways, i recently discovered the acer aspire One ultraportable and i think im going to get that instead. so if anyone wants a brand spanking new eeepc, shoot me a message.
    mods: feel free to clean up this post if it violates rules

    cheers,
    -julz
  • nod2008/08/10 21:06:31
    Welcome to Buckscoop Seetocentric :flowers:

    You might want to pop a post in the For Sale/Trade section of the forum. We don't have any problem with members selling items in there, so long as you are not selling on behalf of a business (Ebay business included :))
  • lifeischeap2008/08/13 16:17:27
    Just got my eeePC! I was slightly nervous starting it all up after some of the feedback on this thread but I'm happy to report that it's a great little machine, especially for the price paid.

    I bought it to complement my work computer. I don't want to carry a full size laptop around with me and sometimes a blackberry doesn't cut it when you need to work with Office documents. I've followed some online tutorials of how to slim the installation down and all is well. Screen is great, sound is good, got some free space on the internal drive, been able to install programs to the memory card with no probs (VLC, Firefox, Acrobat)... all good!

    Next step is to install Office and see if it really cuts it in the real world but so far, no regrets. Well, no regrets with this purchase. In my life... well maybe a couple. If you don't have any, you're not trying hard enough! But that's an entirely different thread... ;)
  • queenshrew2008/08/13 16:26:28
    Glad it turned out great, lifeischeap :D

    Sounds like a great deal for $299.00

    I am keen to get one later too.

    I know some people are not keen on it, but it's not for people who have to do all kinds of technology/major work related/gadget stuff on it all the time. For those, you need a full blown laptop with all the works or get a pc :p. It's like a totally different/wrong argument here, for all the people who are 'against' this laptop. The point is it is meant to be basic, ultraportable, teeny and cheap.

    For the price, it is decent for what it can do. I mean, we pay about $100-$200 for a portable dvd player that can't do much else anyway except play dvds... :p
  • lifeischeap2008/08/13 16:36:54
    Don't forget the 6% cashback as well!

    Agree totally with your comments. Funny you mention the DVD player. I was just watching some downloaded TV using VLC and it was silky smooth with stereo sound. No probs at all! The more I play the more I like this thing.

    The only minor annoyance is the size of the keyboard. It's pretty small so when swapping between my work computer and the eeePC I hit the wrong buttons. That's just a matter of getting used to it.
  • Natt2008/08/14 10:55:21
    Well I have a Eee PC and I love it.

    Mine has a Linux based operating system - and while it may only have a small amount of storage the applications are nowhere near as big.

    and it has an intel processor

    These are great as netbooks - just do your homework before you buy something like this
  • leny2008/08/14 11:19:32
    queenshrew you are indeed missing the fact that 'full blown' laptops do come in such size and and very portable. You just need to dig a bit deeper into your pocket.

    I'm glad to see your purchase went well lifeischeap.
  • queenshrew2008/08/14 11:56:52
    but Leny... I think you miss the point that I'm not willing to dig deep in my pockets ;)
    Especially not for my little girl as a play/fun item.. actually not even for myself..
    Maybe if I struck Tattslotto one day... (dreams...)

    Or maybe when full blown laptops start selling at mini prices (dreams somemore...)
  • lifeischeap2008/08/15 16:16:20
    Just to make sure this topic is exhausted once and for all, I've installed Office 2007 on this tEeeny PC and to my amazement it works well. 12mb presentations in powerpoint, word, excel - no worries.

    There's a lot of good advice out there on websites as to how to wring every last ounce of power (and HD space) out of the machine.

    That's the last on this I promise. I bought some new speakers last night so I'm all excited about those now. Have a great weekend all!
  • lisss2008/08/15 17:22:06
    lifeischeap
    Just to make sure this topic is exhausted once and for all, I've installed Office 2007 on this tEeeny PC and to my amazement it works well. 12mb presentations in powerpoint, word, excel - no worries.

    There's a lot of good advice out there on websites as to how to wring every last ounce of power (and HD space) out of the machine.

    That's the last on this I promise. I bought some new speakers last night so I'm all excited about those now. Have a great weekend all!


    Thanks for the feedback :D I will definitely consider getting one at some point!

    Re keyboard size as someone mentioned above, yes that is annoying... I have a smaller than normal size laptop atm and I find even that annoying! but you do get used to it :cool:
  • admin2008/08/15 17:28:02
    good feedback you lot. Its helps when you can read how other people are going with something like this. My thoughts on it appear to be more ignorance than fact :)

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