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ASUS Eee PC 4G-X Windows XP Review - Eee PC for All

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus
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External Overview

The specifications for the ASUS Eee PC 4G with Windows XP (noted with an X in their model name) are unchanged from the previous Linux versions.

Model Name Eee PC 4G (EEEPC4G-W002X)
Display 7"
Intel CPU & Chipset Celeron ULV 900 MHz

Operating System Windows XP
Ethernet Communication 10/100

WLAN 802.11 b/g

Memory 512 MB (DDR2)
S.S.D. Storage (Solid-State Disk) 4GB
Camera VGA

Audio Hi-Definition audio

Stereo speaker

Microphone

Battery 4 Cells: 5200 mAh, 3.5hrs*
Weight 0.92 kg

As I noted earlier, besides the software change, nothing on the Eee PC has actually been modified so the below references on the hardware design are taken from our previous review of the original Eee PC.


The
physical attributes of the Asus Eee PC 4G are one of the key drawing
points to the unit that will differentiate with size and cost.  If you
haven't used a notebook with a 7" screen, you will definitely have to
adjust to the smaller screen and resolution.

The
Eee PC is built with a plastic body all around and will be offered in
more colors than just the white that we are showing here.  Black, blue,
pink and maybe a couple others are all in the line up to suit whatever
personal preferences you have. 

The physical feel of the notebook is pretty solid
for such a small piece - I have definitely had 11" screen notebooks
that felt more fragile than this system does.  As long as you don't
expect the build quality of an IBM ThinkPad, you will not be let down. 

Looking
at the left hand side of the system we find a 10/100 network connection
and a PLACE for a standard modem port though it was filled in with a
rubber stopper; no modem support is available it would seem.  There is
also a single USB 2.0 port as well as headphone and microphone ports. 
That
back of the Eee PC 4G is pretty bare -- the large section between the
LCD hinges is the battery and the single power connector is on the far
right.
The
right side of the notebook has two USB 2.0 ports, a VGA output and
mobility locking connection (for physical security / theft).  The slot
on the left is a MMC/SC memory card reader.

Open
up the shell of the system and you'll be greeted with what appears to
be a standard notebook design with a full size keyboard, touch pad
mousing system and LCD display.  The contrast on the image isn't as
good as it should be, but looking closely will show you that the LCD
screen doesn't take up the entire black area on the top of the system
-- part of that is the integrated speakers and web camera. 
The
keyboard on the Asus Eee PC might look like a full size layout, but in
reality it is not.  The keys are much smaller than a standard keyboard
on even notebooks with 14" and 15" monitors and I did find myself
having some issue with typing reliably at first.  After an hour or so
of typing and playing with the system, I was able to get used to it
though, much in the same way I get used to using a new thumb-based
keyboard on phones.

The touch bad on the Eee PC is also pretty small;
of course everything has to be small on a 2 lb notebook.  The silver
button below it is only one piece of plastic though it still functions
as both a left and right click button depending on which side you press
down.  Speaking of which, the "click" sound that the button makes is,
well, noticeable.  Loud might be another way to describe it.

Here we have the Asus Eee PC 4G is set next to the Asus U1F notebook that has an 11" screen.

With
the two machines open (excuse the plastic that is taped to the screen
of the Eee PC) you get a better idea of how the keyboards and display
sizes compare to one another.  The Eee PC has also has a much shorter
length (from the LCD hinge towards the keyboard) than even the
relatively small U1F.

January 15, 2012 | 09:02 PM - Posted by donna (not verified)

hi iv a eee pc 4g surf i got it second hand with xp installed but im constantly fighying for disc space and even with a clean copy of xp by the time iv put anti virus on im still in the same position iv looked at n lite but dnt really understand the instructions or av the confidence to do it is there a lighter xp out there any were i can get or should i put linux onit please hel if possible it would be apreciated

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